Help us Drill a Well in Haiti

Sobier, Haiti  2018  |  Help us Drill for Water

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This will be our (The Heart of Hollywood Foundation) 9th year helping to bring aid to communities in Haiti.  We have been working in the country since shortly after the earthquake in January 2010.  This year, we finished building a clinic in the impoversished village of Sobier (soh-bee-aye).

Travel with us in 2018 as we continue our work in Sobier - we need your help to find water.  We will be partnering with Water for Life to bring this critical resource to those living in this remote mountainous community.

Sobier, Haiti  2017 (photo courtesy of Johnny Nicoloro)

Sobier is a small and extremely poor community, located northeast of Miragoâne. (See: Wikipedia ) The village and the surrounding area is home to nearly 5,000.  There is currently no fresh water source in the community, posing a challenge for the elderly and ill who have to walk at least 3 hours roundtrip to gather 1-2 gallons of what they consider to be "fresh" drinking water. 

Last year we partnered with PackH20 to provide water backpacks to 25 families. Even then, the daily trips up the mountainside are painstakingly treacherous.

Lacking access to fresh water has lead to signs of malnutrion in many of the children who live in Sobier.  The community often relies on the rainy seasons (spring/fall) to gather water in buckets, drums and small cisterns.  Due to the difficulty of bringing water into the community, many are unable to plant gardens nor keep livestock.  Where there is a well, there will be a way!

Yvon, Haiti  2017 (photo courtesy of Haiti Partnership)

The cost to drill for water and install the well pump and accessories is estimated to be nearly $54,250.  We have raised $20,000.  Water for Life will contribute $18,500.  We still need to raise at least $15,750.  Here is a break down of the costs:

* Drill for water (up to 750ft @$55/ft): $41,250
* Install pump and solar system: $8,000 
* Build well house & improve road: $5000**

** The road up the mountainside into Sobier is in very poor condition.  Water for Life has informed us that we will first need to repair the road in order to get their drill truck into the community.  A portion of these funds will be used to hire local labor to repair the road.

** If the depth of the well is less than 750ft, any remaining funds will be used towards water related projects in the community (includes: home cisterns, Sawyer filtration systems, irrigation for agriculture).

We need your help! We still have at least $15,750 to raise in order to bring water into this community.  Your donation will not only bring water to those in need, but put Haitians to work!  Your money is not utilized for our volunteer's travel expenses. Volunteers will have their own seperate GoFundMe pages for this purpose (See: team page).  100% of your tax-deductible donation (after the deducted GoFundMe  fees ‌ ) will be used for it's purpose to Help us bring water to Sobier!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Michael Kelley
Director of Global Outreach
Heart of Hollywood Foundation

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About H.H.F. – The Heart of Hollywood Foundation (H.H.F.) is a registered 501(c)3 organization (EIN: 45-2583171) dedicated to funding and supporting local, national and global hunger / poverty programs and disaster relief projects. We are 100% volunteer based, taking no salaries for our services.
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Heart of Hollywood Foundation, Inc 
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