Water

"On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

John 7:37-38

When we first arrived in Garde Saline in 2010, a major Cholera epidemic had broken out in the area, and there was an immediate need to get purified water to villagers. Until a permanent clean-water solution could be developed, The Faith Project trucked in three, five-gallon jugs of water for each family each week.  Villagers paid for the cost of the initial plastic water jugs.

Because Garde Saline has no electricity, and its proximity to the ocean means water from all of its wells has an extremely high salt content, finding an appropriate water filtration system presented a challenge.  But, as is always the case, God found a way, and in June 2013, with the financial support of our donors, a manual water filtration system was installed in the village. Villagers paid for the water, and two jobs were created for local Haitians as they operated and maintained the system.

‚ÄčIn 2015, a chemical-based water purification system was installed in the village by a separate organization not working with or through the Leadership Council or The Faith Project.  

In 2015, the decision was made to suspend operation of The Faith Project's water filtration system, as the village cannot support two systems and The Faith Project is committed to non-duplication of services and wise use of resources. 

In 2016/2017, the Garde Saline Leadership Council requested that The Faith Project re-activate the reverse-osmosis water filtration system we originally installed, as the chemical system put into the village by another nonprofit is not working as intended, i.e., chemicals required to operate the system are expensive, hard to get in Haiti, and leave the water with a bad taste.  After looking at both systems, the Leadership Council has requested that we combine the two systems - using the filters from the reverse osmosis system and the pumps and building from the new system.  This will be done, provided we are able to reach agreement with the funders from the new system.