The people of Hesse, high in the mountains southwest of Port-au-Prince, are so excited to begin work on their new church building. The building that had stood for many years was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Since then, the people have met to worship on the school grounds, under a tarp. For them, rebuilding the school was the more important to accomplish first. The church could wait.
Because of a gift from a family in Great Bend, Kansas, the construction is now underway. Like the Rigaud Church just completed, this will be a labor intensive project. That means that local jobs will provide much needed income for families who struggle to generate even a few dollars each month.
The work is expected to be completed by end of May. But in Haiti builders face unusual problems. Right now there is not sufficient water available to make the all the concrete needed. Water is scarce and comes mostly from rain water collection. Water is collected at the school in a 40,000 gallon cistern. It will then be carried in five gallon buckets the 100 yards or so from the school, seen in the picture below.
With the last rain falling in November, that cistern is almost dry. Once it rains, they begin to collect water and then carry it in buckets to the church construction site. Additional funding is being sought to supply new benches and furniture for the congregation
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