The cornerstone of this project was the construction of a 10,000-gallon cistern, designed to serve the church, school and the pastor’s living quarters. The location was selected because, for many rural Haitian communities, the schools and churches are centers of activity and pastors often serve as informal officials representing community needs.
Measuring 12’ x 16’ x 8’, the cistern was constructed using traditional Haitian methods, reinforced with additional steel for enhanced durability. This robust structure now stands as a testament to the community’s resilience and commitment to sustainable development.
To bring the water out of the cistern for use, a solar pump was installed to move water to an elevated 100-gallon water tank. The implementation of this system was challenging, requiring more time, effort, and resources than initially anticipated. The extra effort resulted in a highly efficient and effective water distribution system.
The impact of this cistern is already being felt in the community. Bruce Robinson from ODRINO highlighted the project’s success, praising it as a model solution for addressing water scarcity in Haiti’s arid northwest. He reported a significant milestone when Tropical Storm Jeanne, despite not hitting the area as hard as other regions, filled the new cistern with three feet of water, showcasing its immediate effectiveness and potential.
With the support of our donors, and in cooperation with our in-country partners, Food for the Poor and ODRINO, we have provided a reliable water source and brought hope and an improved quality of life to the people of Dubois. This project is a great example of what can be achieved through community collaboration and shared commitment to making a positive change.