Hydromissions Associate, Jennifer, partnered with Nazarene Missions International to serve the district of Rubavu in Rwanda. Simon Pierre and his wife Caritas were the hosts and have been serving as coordinators for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in Rwanda for the past 8 years.
Simon and Caritas created Ndengera Center, which is designed to help the community with a focus on orphans and widows. The Ndengera Center is part of the church and has 24 volunteers from the congregation serving the needs, physical and emotional, of their neighbors. Simon and Caritas are responding to the call in the book of James to not just have faith, but to have faith and action. They are doing something to respond to the needs of those around them.
Currently, rainwater is collected from the roofs as the primary water source for the community. Simon assigned the head schoolteacher (Patrick) and the head mechanics teacher (Revelier) to manage the borehole well efforts. Jennifer worked with Patrick and Revelier to locate appropriate spots to drill for water. The first borehole was too close to the volcano and therefore had too many rocks in the soil that could not be removed, so they had to relocate to a different site. The next borehole was progressing nicely, but overnight the local children filled it with small rocks so the team had to relocate again. The third and final borehole was a success! The depth was approximately fifty feet and a simple Canzee PVC pump was built for the water retrieval. Patrick and Revelier learned how to drill and how to build the hand pump. Now they will be able to continue to serve the community by establishing more borehole wells in the future.
India – October 2013
Hydromissions recently sent an associate to spend time with our consultants in India. Here is what he had to say about the trip:
Wow. India and its people never cease to amaze me. I first visited in 2011 and was glad to return. Although India is plagued by extreme poverty the faith of our fellow laborers is strong and God is doing big things. Since our first well in 2009, Hydromissions consultants have installed more than 115 wells in remote areas in India. I was able to visit several of these well sites and all of them are still going strong. Many of these new wells are flanked by newly constructed churches that were established because local believers look after each well and use it as a way to share God’s love with the community.
As we celebrated all that God has done in India we were vigilant in prayer for all those that are still waiting for their miracle. I visited and prayed with several villages that are still waiting for a well. One specific village told me that they had been forgotten by everyone, the surrounding communities, the local leaders and the government. I visited their school that was half built because the government never finished it. We gathered all the school children and the believers from the community and prayed in the spot where they believe God will provide a well. Although we weren’t able to install a well they were greatly encouraged by our visit and to know that we are praying for them.
One in six people on the planet live in India and millions of those people in India lack access to clean water. The need is overwhelming and quite honestly one can get discouraged when looking at it that way. So, at Hydromissions, we work to shift the focus from the overall need to what we can do right now. Each well means life for the village where it is installed. Rather than be discouraged we can feel encouraged to know that at the end of this year there are less people that feel forgotten and less people that lack clean drinking water then there were last year. We believe that by God’s grace and your support there will be even less next year and the year after.
Our consultants in India and their families send their love, their thanks and their prayers to you all. They pray for Hydromissions and our partners every day. Please remember them and their work in your prayers.
Australia and Southern Pacific
Not Yet, but we are willing to get on that plane if invited!
Not Yet, but we are willing to get on that plane if invited!
Marbial, Haiti – Hydromissions has paired up with the non-profit organization, Faith and Love in Action, to provide a clean, sanitary latrine for school children in Marbial, a remote mountain area of Southern Haiti.
Faith and Love in Action is based in Haiti and run by husband and wife team, Marlaine and Daniel. Marlaine, a native of Marbial, has opened up several schools in Haiti in an effort to promote and enhance education in the area.
The Hydromissions team was given the opportunity to visit the school in Marbial which serves 410 children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. While the team was there, they noticed that the school had an old latrine with two toilets built next to classrooms. The latrine was unsanitary and smelled so foul that the children would resort to going to the bathroom outside. After seeing these poor conditions, Hydromissions decided to send the team and resources needed to construct a new latrine for students and teachers.
Building up a mountain is much more expensive and difficult due to the efforts that go into transferring material. Donkeys are used to carry the concrete blocks, cement, sand, gravel and tools up into Marbial. The pit of the latrine was hand dug and about 20′ deep. It took about a month to dig because the rocks had to be pried out individually.
Drilling for and providing safe water is the primary objective of Hydromissions, but latrines (and hygiene education) play important roles in maintaining clean water. A sanitary latrine will prevent waste from mixing into an existing, usable water source, and in this case, prevent human waste from being walked on and transferred into houses where food is being prepared.
Hydromisisons associate, Caitlin, went to Haiti to assist with the design and construction. The latrine design is based on the Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine. The VIP latrine system incorporates a PVC vent pipe that is used to promote airflow up and out of the bottom of the pit. That vent pipe will help eliminate odor in the latrine and the screen at the top of the vent pipe will keep flies from exiting and spreading contamination. The new latrine will have 5 toilets (four for the students and one for the teachers) and one urinal.
Our hosts, Marlaine & Daniel, were encouraged with the team’s support and presence in Marbial. Hydromissions has worked with them in the past and intend to continue to serve where we can to support “Faith & Love in Action.”
In Panama, Hydromissions teamed up with students from Rowan University’s College of Engineering. The New Jersey university students had been working for the past year developing a percussion drill for breaking rocks encountered while drilling. The team of five students and two Hydromissions Associates spent over 24 hours traveling (including an overnight 10 hour bus ride) to get to the isle of Bastimentos.
The Wood family (Bobby & Shirlene, with children Ellie, Bella & Ethan) were the hosts in Bastimentos. About 60 indigenous locals live alongside of the Wood family. The locals would use water from creeks or rain catchments, but a severe drought dried up creeks and left rain catchment tanks empty.
Reaching water was supposed to be easy, but things rarely work out as planned and the team met many challenges. The first borehole was drilled to a depth of 31’ but only produced a very small amount of water. The water column was just about 2’ deep and was not recharging fast enough to case the borehole. The second borehole was 12’ deep, but since the soil was dry and followed the same pattern as the 31’ deep borehole, that hole was abandoned. There was an existing spring that had been contaminated (used as a bathroom) by the locals so the team decided to drill upstream of the spring. They drilled a spot that was about 20’ upstream of the contaminated spring and tapped into the safe part of the spring. The water flow was incredible! The water recharged so fast that the borehole could not be emptied by bailing or hand pumping.
One of the blessings/challenges the team experienced while developing the new well was the constant rainfall during the final two days on site. While it was challenging for the team to complete the well as they slipped and slid in the mud, it was a true blessing for the locals who relied on the rain for water. The well was developed and the concrete pad was placed during the rainstorm so the team didn’t get to see the pump actually used by the locals. An email received from the Wood family a week after the project shared the good news that the locals were using the pump constantly. They were drinking the water and using it from cooking and laundry.