Board member and supporter Joe Forman accompanied us on our March 2016 trip to Haiti to see how Gen1’s work in Haiti is helping empower a new generation.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to witness first hand the work that is being accomplished by the Gen1 Project. I was able to work side by side with men from Haiti and those representing Gen1, who are very committed and passionate about providing clean water to those in need.
While I was there we completed a well repair that had not been operational for over 18 months. I was also involved in drilling a new well by the local church which serves a community of 4,000 people. Prior to the well repair and the completion of the new well, those living in these locations were having to walk great distances to obtain water that only resulted in whatever they could carry back, which was no more than a 5 gallon bucket. I witnessed poverty and living conditions I had never physically seen. No one should have to live under these conditions and experience the sickness and disease that comes from not having access to clean water, but they do.
I understand there are many places in our world dealing with these same issues, but seeing the accomplishments and impact being made by Gen1, as well as the heart they have for the Haitian people was truly inspiring. It was very rewarding to see the many people, especially the children, cheering and celebrating the fact they now have clean, safe and reliable water within their community which opens the door for a healthier life. And the trip was not all about water. An added blessing while I was there was the day we purchased food and supplies and distributed it to a number of widows and their families. I will return.