Ekklesia’s vision and your generosity have brought hope through another sustainable project that has the potential to fully fund both the church and the school.
After Bishop Atwood visited St. Mathias Church and School in Léogâne, Haiti, plans were made to provide a fresh water well. Clean water is a desperate need, as the water in Haiti is contaminated with E. coli and cholera. The completion of the well was time-consuming and expensive, made more difficult by the conditions in Haiti. Bishop’s Well donors faithfully saved coins in donation bottles for the project, and we partnered with Anglican Relief and Development both for the well and to repair hurricane damage and replace the roof.
Volunteer Larry Bentley from Engineers Without Borders visited and helped with site plans. Our long-term friend and ministry partner Doug Buller, Master Plumber and Electrician, made the trip to install the equipment you see below.
The water purification system includes the equipment to bottle water for sale. The completed system filters water to remove sediment and removes pathogens with ultraviolet purification.
St. Mathias can now develop the water sales business to provide ongoing income, which has the ability to deliver them from what was a never-ending need for outside aid. The inspiration for this project came from our similar installation (also with Doug Buller) at St. Nicholas Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, where water bottling has been a phenomenally successful project. Profits provide income to support the orphanage at full capacity!