Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Water Filter Solar panel project updates!

The cooler weather has set in, and we have been really, really busy around our place. First off,
I'd like to share with you about a project more than 2 years in the making. We've been working with Water Missions International to provide clean water in our community.  Their filtration system is run by a solar powered pump and chlorinates the water to kill all living organisms and improve the quality of the water. This week we will begin distributing clean water and teaching sanitation classes in our community.


Boss Ernst
 This photo sums up Boss Enrst's personality. He was a blast to work with and a patient teacher for our guys. He works for Water Mmissions and lived with us this month to build the depot for the water filter. We are sad to see him leave.

The filtration system

Our staff learning to operate the system.

Deli working on the distribution table.

The first treated water out of the tap, our "soft release" drew quite a crowd!

Completed treated water distribution point.

Another major project we have been working on is a solar charging system for our inverter. We were blessed to be able to purchase and install a fabulous system. It has taken well over 2 months for all of the parts to arrive. We have began using the system this past Sunday. Normally, we use around $500 month in diesel fuel, running our generator 8-9 hours a night. With good sun, we have been able to cut our generator run time down to 2 hours per night. It is still early to measure, but we anticipate our fuel cost will be less than $150 per month. What a huge savings! This is a huge blessing for us in two ways. First we are able to better use funding to help others. We are excited to improve our stewardship and stretch our resources. Secondly, it is essentially a maintenance free system that relieves our dependance on the generator, and the worry of mechanical problems. 

Octolem securing the panels with a homeade rope. I was nervous...


Luckily, we didnt drop any of them!

Welding the panels in place.

Our roof complete with 2000 watts of solar energy!

Our family is growing! We added to our family... 2 Rottwieler puppies named Bear and Bella. Seen here with Willow!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Family pic from vacation.

The "fall weather" has set in here in Haiti and we are all feeling slightly better with the relief.  We've been busy with life here and haven't checked in for awhile, so please excuse the break.  We took a family vacation with fellow missionary friends in our area and had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying our girls.  Vacations are few and far between, and we returned feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next months of projects.

With the fall season and school year approaching, our groups coming to the beach have decreased in number, so we have been missing smiling faces and laughter, but we have been getting much needed projects done at the house and focusing on the next phases of building. One such project is a new water filtration system that will be installed soon to bring clean water to our area in a sustainable way, providing a job for a community member.  Having clean, potable water here is always in need, so we are incredibly thankful for this gift that our family, community, and future visitors to the retreat center will benefit from.

The beginning of concrete work on the new depot that will house the water filtration system.

Just this weekend, we attended the wedding of our friend, Paul, here in Montrouis.  Willow was a flower girl, dressed to the hilt, Haitian-wedding style, and cute as a button - (im a little bias.)  We were showered with a rain storm in the afternoon, and the clouds threatened more rain throughout the afternoon, but we stayed dry for the wedding and Paul is now a married man. :-)

My little princess in her wedding attire.  She was a mess!

So very thankful to God for all the many happenings, blessings, and lessons lately and there is more to come in posts in the next few days!  Love to everyone from Haiti!!