Sunday, September 7, 2014

WATER DOES NOT GROW ON TREES: But, Solar Panels pump Water in Rural Haiti

Amazing!  Astounding!

Folks in our rural mountain zone now have water coming out of a pipe!
Five-year old Nelinsky is still using water in the traditional way, ti gode par ti gode (cup by cup), to rinse the soap from his hair.

People here do not think that water grows on trees....

From design to implementation, resident and colleague Toma does the heavy lifting.

The work began last summer, with volunteer engineer
Rose Ashford "consulting" and learning with Toma.

Adjusting the angle of the panels, catching some rays

Testing the overflow from an intermediary tank!  Not a drop to be wasted.

Using the overflow, everyone takes advantage.

While relocating the tanks and panels and the intermediary dwom, residents make use of the overflow coming up from the Wash-Wash (Ouache-Ouache) spring.

Moving all apparatus to a safer, flatter, closer location.  Using gravity, Toma has the water from the Ouache-Ouache spring flow downward initially, and closer to hillside homes!  The new locations are well away from the possibility of falling rocks, and are flat terrains, so little digging out and scooping is need. to ensure the panels are standing sturdy.

The mid-level dwom will have a bamboo picket fence, to guard against bef and pranksters/
Meanwhile, we make use of the overflow.

All hands on deck! Toma's daughter, Zanda, age 10, carries cement.

"Men anpil, chay pa lou" Many hands make light work.

Vwala, yon lot mirak!
Toma merits a medal, in my book.  We hope to bring him to the San Jose in mid-October, for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.  As he is a co-author of our paper about the solar pump project, he has been given a visa letter which, hopefully, will help him jump through ropes at the US Embassy in Haiti.

Our non-profit is reaching out for support for his travel.  Join this 21st century "Underground Railroad" and please let us know if you can help and/or click the Donate Now button so Toma can get this experience which he so much deserves.  Thank you!


  1. Fantastic!!! I'm reminded of what Margaret Mead said: Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
    She would have been proud!

  2. Indeed, I wonder what aunt Maggie - as we called her - would said. This was really what Toma and crew made of the technology, and of that I'm proud too!

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