In Haiti it usually falls to the youngest family members to retrieve water each day for the family. Children as young as four and five are sent out to walk hours each day. Too often, children must spend the day walking for water instead of going to school. And the water they find may still bring illness. Drinking tainted water kills thousands each year, and children are especially vulnerable. In fact, one of every eight kids in Haiti won't reach his or her fifth birthday. It doesn't have to be that way.
The Haiti Water Project, undertaken nationally by the Church of the Nazarene, aims to provide clean, safe water for communities in Haiti. The goal is to create water resources (wells, cisterns, filters) that empower local churches to meet the needs around them. One well can provide clean, safe water for around 2,000 people. One well or other clean-water resource at 500 local churches in Haiti equals one million changed lives.
Your gift will provide a well or other clean-water resource that offers health and shows much love. Imagine churches in Haiti becoming places where people can come for both the literal and spiritual water of life. Imagine a place known more for its hope than for its poverty.
The estimated cost to dig a well is $5,000 U.S., including a hand pump. The cost to build cisterns in areas where wells aren't feasible is around $1,000. But since the Haiti Water Project is ultimately more about people than projects, here's another way to do the math: It costs about $1 to provide clean water for one person for one year in Haiti.
In addition to providing wells and cisterns, NCM Haiti is currently partnering with Pure Water for the World to provide biosand filters at 120 Nazarene schools and implement a hygiene education program at those schools. This will provide clean-water resources for an estimated 30,000 children and their families, as well as thousands more who live in those communities. It will also provide a way to teach children (who will then teach their families) about things like washing hands that will add to the clean-water effort of reducing disease.
To learn more about Haiti and the Haiti Water Project, www.haitiwaterproject.com
To learn more about the Church of the Nazarenes, go to www.nazarene.org