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Drill Team Update

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.