Devaise Pamphile Mixte College - Thomassin, Haiti
Churches in Action, a consortion of congregations in the communities south of Buffalo, began a clean water project following the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In 2014, CIA approached Water=Life to join them in this ongoing initiative to bring clean water and health to the students of the Devaise Pamphile Coed School in Thomassin. The school was founded by Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti to provide education to the children of the community.
Our mutual goal included providing training and delivery of the Sawyer filter systems to the families of the high school students. In addition to the school, Water=Life and CIA received an invitation from two congregations in the southern highlands to assist them in their goal of accessing clean water. An adult literacy center, sponsored by FLM, also asked for this support. In total, 270 filters were distributed to these four groups. We believe each filter would benefit five to eight people in each family, meaning between 1,350 and 2,160 people received the gift of clean water.
Water=Life continued to include in its training a conversation about the importance of having clean water in the home and the power of ownership. Each group was invited to agree upon a common pledge that each family would contribute. The groups then decided where their collected amount would have the greatest impact on their community. As an example, the literacy group decided to make a microloan to benefit its members and foster their hope for a brighter future.