We recently visited a remote area on the Southern Peninsula in a place called Vivant. This is just outside a small village called Paillant, Haiti. This is located high in the mountain that come up from the waters edge with spectacular views of the coastline below. Being high on the hillsides, there is little access to clean water.
After the earthquake of 2010 many were impacted and this remote area received little to no relief or rehabilitation. Seven years later there is still not an accessible school after the local school was destroyed in the earthquake.
We hope to help change that.
Imagine a beautiful school of 200 students perched on top of a remote mountain. Here is a picture of the proposed school at Vivant, Haiti.
We arrived to find the site where our new friend, Mario, a Haitian-American is planning to build a school on land his family is donating. The first thing needed for the project is water. A clean water source is needed for the community as well as the building of cement block walls and to support the crew as they work. Water is also needed to sustain the needs of the children at the school. The only way to get water on site is to dig a well. Because cost is so high to have a machine-dug well, Mario has asked a local man to dig it by hand.
What you see here is the man digging down 60 ft with a pick axe and shovel. It is so hot down below that he digs before sunrise and then again after dark. Here is a glimpse of what that looks like.
Where there is a will there is a way.
Elevating Christian Ministries is seeing how we can best support Mario and the local effort to bring support to this area through education and a sustainable business plan for the school.
Next time you have a glass of water, remember that some go to great lengths to make that happen for someone else. Remember Mario and the people that are surrounding him in support of changing Vivant, Haiti. The hope is to build and launch the school by January 2018. And Mario is looking for help to make that happen.