Nearly two years after an earthquake shattered Haiti, the country remains fragile.
International donors have fallen behind their aid pledges, which threatens to undermine stability and already-slow recovery efforts.
There are many bright spots, though. In the country’s north, Ecuadorian civil engineers César Cortez and Alfredo León are looking at restoring hope in one community there.
“There are about 100 wells in that area,” Cortez explained. “The first option is to rebuild. One of the water projects that the Red Cross built maybe 50 years ago, according to the information I received from the people, right now is completely destroyed.”
Cortez, a longtime partner with HCJB Global Hands, is in Haiti to survey the situation. They are collaborating with Lifewater of Canada and One Mission Society. He says, “The projects that I found possible to build are around Cap-Haitien.”
“The water projects team we have sent is on the ground with two purposes,” said Martin Harrison, the Clean Water Projects team director who has had satellite phone contact with the engineers who are in Haiti for 10 days.
First, Cortez explains: “Everything is based on relations–relations with God, relations with church leaders and the people in these communities. The best way to pray for us is to pray that God can help us in those relations between mission organizations and the people.”
Second, says Harrison, they will be collecting information and conducting topographic surveys with a view to producing a long-term solution to the community’s water and sanitation needs.
Source: Charisma News | MISSION NETWORK NEWS