WATER AND AGRICULTURE
Access to clean water continues to be one of the major problems in Haiti. Most water borne diseases like Cholera and Hepititis could be elimintated with clean water for drinking, bathing and other sanitary purposes. Promise for Haiti, in response to the problem, has built and currently maintains over 2,500 wells in and around the Pignon area. A great majority of the people still continue to wash clothes, clean equipment and fill containers with drinking water at the river. The river is a hub of activity but also spreads disease and bacteria, especially in the rainy season.
Wells have been drilled at each of the nine Christian Schools run by Promise for Haiti and the Comite Bienfaisance de Pignon, along with hundreds of wells like those pictured below in Pignon, Hinche, Mirebalais, and as far as Cap-Haitian. The wells have become busy places at all hours of the day and have provided a clean source of water for drinking and eveyday sanitation.
Agriculture is the main industry for trade and also for survival in Haiti. Subsistance farming makes up a huge percentage of jobs and business in the Pignon region. Farmers head out early in the morning into the mountains to plant, care for and harvest sugar cane, corn, mangos, plantains, cabbage, tomatoes and other agricultural products. Goats are also a source of income, as well as a food supply.
Promise for Haiti owns and operates a 120 acre farmstead that currently houses a goat operation, mango drying facility and a few crops. Plans are underway to start a "farmer to farmer" program with Haitian and American farmers to teach agricultural skills, provide a mentor program and help farmers in Haiti improve crop production. Watch for more details coming soon!
Pictured are a portion of the banana trees planted at the farm.