While in rural southern Haiti I had a farmer named Maurice Moises tell me, “If we have water we can do anything.”
For some reason, this matter of fact statement was impactful. Even more so than all the research and reading and work I had done previously in water and sanitation (from afar). It was in this moment that I realized how easy it is to understand an issue and know the stats, but not really comprehend what it means for individuals and families in southern Haiti on a daily basis. Maurice taught me, in a few short words, about the life giving potential of clean water.
Maurice’s comment also highlights the innovative and industrious attitude of Haitians. Rural Haitians, I am finding, are very capable. This should come as no surprise. Farmers I know in the U.S. are handy because they have to be. The same goes for Haitian farmers. In order to produce a good crop and provide for their families, they must be adaptable and creative. I say all of this to simply point out that farmers in rural Haiti have something to bring to the table. If we are to truly transform lives, Haitians must play an active role and be primary stakeholders. That is why I am proud to work for World Concern. We see incredible value and potential in those we serve. As an organization, we simply want to come alongside communities and provide them with the encouragement and resources they need to succeed.
I hope these pictures will paint a better picture of the life giving potential of clean water than I can ever describe. Enjoy!
Martha and I want to invite you to join us as we serve communities in rural Haiti. In providing clean water, we are attempting to alleviate physical suffering. However in the same breath we also desire to love those we serve and draw them closer to knowing Jesus. We cannot carry out this vision on our own! Martha and I need ministry partners. Maybe you are in a place where you could become a monthly financial partner. We would like to ask you to consider joining our ministry team and serving the Haitian people in this way. If you feel so led, you can make an gift on our page on World Concern’s website.
Thank you for your encouragement and support!