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_DSC1442I have been encouraged as we passed villages using the wells we have supplied in years past.  There is a certain difference in the communities where we have installed the wells and villages where we have not.  Crops and fruit trees are growing around homes, people congregate around wells.  There is a change in the attitude people have toward their community and life.

I can’t properly articulate what I’ve seen throughout the island other than saying La Gonave is truly the slums of Haiti (a comment made by our translator).  At it’s best LA Gonave provides a subsistence living for those in the mountains able to grow some crops.  In the lower regions not even this is available.

A consistent clean water source will always be the primary need for those on La Gonave.  Rains come and go, collecting and storing water costs money and is a challenge.  We are at the end of the dry season which makes La Gonave look like a scorched moon landscape.  Most cisterns are dry and those with little water are happy to share with their neighbors.

In the 30 or so villages we have visited I’ve had a few interesting experiences.  We stopped at a cave known at “bat cave” where hundreds of bats nest.  Inside there was a little pool of water people were dipping buckets in and taking home for consumption.  Of course it was contaminated with bat droppings but in their desperate state it was their only option.  We plan to drill a well close by so families in this village can enjoy fresh clean water.

We had a flat tire in Abricot after a two hour ride.  This cluster of mountain villages has 25,000 people and no  economy , but a soccer field built by a wealthy business man in the US.  It’s the only grass I’ve ever seen on La Gonave.  While the tire was being fixed we sipped a fruit drink and visited with a man who lost his right leg after being severely burned making charcoal.  Because there was no proper medical aid they just hacked it off!

We were able to complete the scouting two days early which provided us ample time to bring out the drilling rig and drill for a nearby village.  Thankfully we did hit water at 300 feet, pumping a healthy 8 gallons per minute.  Cheers went out from the hundreds of Haitians that watched and waited hoping we would find water, and we did.

Many villages are desperate for water.   Most nights we were approached with delegations form villages around the area begging us to come and drill.  It is a difficult situation to navigate, but our hope is to reach all Haitians on La Gonave with fresh water.  The need is so great because people simply cannot survive without water.

by Pastor Bill Scheer

_DSC2953For many years millions of dollars have been poured into Haiti, for social justice and ministry. There has been small pockets of change through this culture, but so much seems to have been unaffected.

We aim to do what we can to bring the needed change these people are literally dying to see. LaGonave is a small island off the coast of main Haiti, with over 100,000 people, mostly children living in unimaginable poverty. But, this is changing.

Through the efforts of some amazing people, God is turning this around. Drinking water is being drilled, children are being fed and educated, medical attention is being given, and lives are being enriched all over this 9 x 21 mile island.

A great thing about this, all money given to this effort goes directly to feeding children, drilling water wells, running a medical clinic, and operating a school with hundreds of children grades K – 10.
The budget of this tremendous endeavor is about $250,000. That’s just 2500 people giving $100 (or five giving $50,000).

If you are able, please give something.
Thanks for reading this,

Bill Scheer
Pastor, Guts Church

by Eric English

_DSC1014The drilling team returned to La Gonave after a successful scouting trip which yielded one fresh water well at the end of April.  This time the team will remain on La Gonave for a full two months, drilling water wells in villages with no fresh water supply throughout the region.

Through the first ten days there have been many obstacles the team has had to overcome.  A two day rain storm didn’t slow the drilling operation although it made challenging working conditions even more difficult.  The rough mountainous terrain caused a series of flat tires on the drilling rig, extending work days and increasing the hazard.  A broken U joint sent the drive shaft through the air brake system causing mechanical damage and creating challenging repairs for the team.

All of these challenges were overcome and six additional fresh water wells were drilled through this first ten days of the summer drilling excursion.  The villages of Cherrishib, Abricot, La Palmiste, and Terre Seche received fresh water wells, providing the single source for water within their community.

Crowds of Haitians watched and cheered in each community as the drilling team worked tirelessly for hours in the heat.   Celebrations erupted as the clean water flowed from the freshly drilled holes.

Work will continue in dozens of villages throughout the island of La Gonave this summer.  Remember to give, and to forward this link on your social media.



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