Doug and Vincent started drilling a well in Remoussin on Thursday and by the end of the day had reached a depth of 35 feet. This is very good progress – if we hit rock or clay, the progress can be much slower. We are grateful to God for favorable drilling conditions as well as for His blessing the work and keeping the workers safe. It’s hard to say how deep they will need to go in order to find a adequate water. Typically, our wells in this area of Haiti are between 80 and 150 feet deep, although there have been times where we found water at a more shallow level, and on one occasion we reached the extent of our drilling capability without finding water at all. So we continue to commit the process to God in prayer and trust that He will accomplish what He desires.
The current cholera outbreak reinforces the need for wells in villages like Remoussin. Without a well, people must collect their water from rivers and streams, a practice that can contribute to the spread of this disease. In fact, in situations like the one in Haiti right now, cholera is most often spread when the water supply is contaminated by feces from an infected person. And that is exactly what is happening. There is no sewage treatment, so the bacteria that causes cholera eventually finds its way into the rivers and streams, putting everyone downstream at risk.
Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to pray for safety, health, and that God will provide this village with water through this well.
Bernie, Sheryl & Philip Bovenkamp