Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. In a country where 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water (UNICEF) and 47% of the forest cover has disappeared over the last 50 years (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), these water, sanitation, and reforestation programs are a critical way to improve the living standards of the rural poor while conserving environmental resources. We work in remote rural villages that lack access to most basic services and are too small to receive assistance from other organizations. In general, communities are formed of subsistence farmers or day laborers who live in extreme poverty, surviving on $35-70/month.
La Renessence, Haiti
In 2000, Pierre Supreme Elius started La Renessence, after noticing that the streets were filled with children during the school day. After talking to the community he learned that there was no school in Cite Pope (Saintard region) Haiti and they could not afford the fees that the schools outside of the city required. After trying but failing to get the support of various leaders, Pierre decided to start the school himself in a local church. With the help of the community an additional one-room building was constructed out of wood and coconut front panels to house the pre-schoolers. This year 96 students attend La Renessence (46 boys and 50 girls). Pierre used to get water out of an old well. It was far from potable, but there was no choice but to give the children this water especially on the hottest days. Pierre also teaches the children a hygiene class discussing the importance of clean water.
Currently La Renessence students get their water from an untreated well.
Supporting this project will allow enough funds to deliver 3 jugs of clean water per school day for an entire school year.
Ozone Surf Competition, Nantucket
We volunteer every year to help keep the beaches clean and beautiful!