I’m writing with a goal in mind today. Clean Water for Haiti is growing, as we’ve written in previous posts, and we need to start looking at where we’re going to set up our next filter production site. Peter and Sara Craig will set up shop at the new site in January 2011 if our plan goes smoothly, so now is the time for us to start looking at where we’ll be setting up and where the Craig’s will live. We’re being very careful about this process so that when we actually get started things will go as smoothly as possible.
This post is mainly directed towards other missions in Haiti that have suggestions for us, but if you want to send the link on to one of your missionary friends to look at that could be helpful too. Ideally, there is a mission out there that would love to see a clean water project come to their community and would be willing to introduce us to some people.
We’re looking for several different criteria, so I’ll present them in billet format:
-We would like a renewable lease for both a work site and a home for the Craigs.
-The community needs to be receptive to a new project coming in.
-It would be nice to have an established mission nearby to be in contact with for mutual support.
-Ideally, the site would be 2-3 hours away from Pierre Payen, not too close or too far.
-We do NOT want to move into a community with excessive crime or anti-foreigner sentiment.
-We would prefer to be on the outskirts of a smaller town, not in Port au Prince.
-We would like to be in an area that has a water problem! I realize this isn’t really an issue, because all of Haiti has a water problem. However, our work is easier and more effective if the source water people drink is visibly cloudy, not just full of microbes.
Thank you! We’ll eventually find the right place to set up, but it could go much more easily if someone can steer us in the right direction. Please send me an email if you think you can help. -Chris