How Close is Your Water?

I’m never been more than a few minutes from clean water where I live in Amarillo. Usually I’m only a few seconds from clean water that is free for me to drink. And yet I hear people complain about water all the time. They think that the free water doesn’t taste good enough.

So they go and buy bottled water that probably cost more per gallon than their gasoline.

But in Labelmere, Haiti—there is no clean water close, and there is none to buy even though you couldn’t afford it if there was. Dorvil Djounio, one of our CRF partners in Pignon, recently went to Labelmere and took some of our short-term mission group from Mississippi with him.

It’s over a thirty-minute walk to get to the source of water. And then it takes ten minutes to fill up one of the cans with water. After that they have another 30-minute journey back to their community. As they visited with a woman at the water source, she explained that she had to make this journey four times a day. And the water can that she carried weighed 40 pounds once it was full. So she spends nearly five hours a day carrying water and half of the time it weighs more than forty pounds. And it doesn’t taste very good either.

Oh, and by the way, this water is dirty. Twelve Haitian people died while our group was there because they drank this contaminated water. People die if they don’t drink it. And they die if they do.

I think we should be more grateful if we have water.

I think we should be very thankful if our water is close, and it takes such a short time to obtain it.

I think that we should be extremely appreciative that our water is so clean that I doesn’t kill us but nourishes us.

Even if you live where I live, I think you should be pretty glad that your water doesn’t taste worse. And most of all I think that we should help these people of Haiti get some good water closer to them.

- Milton Jones, CRF