Rainwater Harvesting

In Gros Morne, food insecurity is worse than ever, partly because drought conditions persist, and existing wells are drying up.

Despite our flourishing agronomy program, water scarcity is now a critical concern in Gros Morne. Without water to drink and grow food, no Haitian family can survive, much less thrive. Our goal is to elevate the skill level of the Gros Morne community for water care, control, and conservation while providing for the basic food and health needs for Haitian families and caring for our earthly home in the process.

Our community rainwater collection/harvesting effort will result in new 500 to 1,000-gallon rain storage facilities called cisterns or “chatodlos,” or “water castles” in Haitian Creole. The stored rainwater will be strategically placed so the farmers can access water for their crops.

These cisterns are making it possible for families to have water to drink and for their crops. Without the cisterns, people, usually women, would have to walk 1-2 hours to the river for water.

Read about the process for building the cisterns

I grow lots of papayas with water and do some work. I say thank you so much to people who help building the cistern.

– Dianie Soiresse. 

Thank you to the people who support the construction of the cistern and think about us. I am one of the beneficiaries and feel very happy. I am so happy as a pastor in charge of Gran Plenn’s Baptist church. There is water from the roof that spreads in the yard, so I can benefit from a cistern for the church. This helps me very much to have gardens in my yards. Children can have vegetables to cook for school and have food at home. I send a huge thank you and a round of applause.

– Pastor Charles Clerisma from Gran Plenn

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