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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why do you volunteer your time this way?
A: Many of our volunteers are professional engineers, scientists and project managers who have a passion for their work and feel a deep need to share their skills with they can make a difference. The world today focuses too much on financial achievement and these people are seeking the satisfaction that can only be found by giving of their talents to those who are in desperate need.

Q: Where does the funding come from?
A: We receive funding from many generous organizations and individual donors. Bake sales, charity golf tournaments and church fund raisers help fund our efforts. We often buy supplies from our own pockets and are reimbursed for most of the expenses. Those who realize they have enough should feel rich, and when they share what extra they have they come to realize how blessed their lives are.

Here are some basic tips consider when planning a trip to Haiti.

  1. Logistics are a nightmare. Plan everything ahead of time and then have a backup plan. Starting with pick-up at the airport in Haiti. Taxi's are out of the question. Arrange to have a local pick up passengers and luggage.
  2. Document, inventory and photograph all supplies you take. It is very common to have the baggage opened in Miami and in PAP. You may need to "negotiate" with a customs agent in PAP. Having receipts and documentation is invaluable.
  3. We always buy insurance for our trips. It runs about $12 per day.
  4. Luggage costs have risen and tend to change every trip. We usually ask people to limit themselves to a single bag and then we assign a second bag containing supplies. Weight and size limits are strictly enforced.
  5. We need a translator. We always have at least one local on our team to help translate and serve as a guide. this is for safety.
  6. We need a guard. In Honduras we hire a guard to accompany us on outings off property. On my last trip to Haiti Rio invited a Captain from the Haitian Coastguard to join our group. He was happy to be involved and he he made me feel very safe. I worry most about crimes of opportunity so we never let our guard down and avoid becoming a target.
  7. Costs. When calculating costs include: airfare(Spirit, AA or AirFrance), housing, transportation, fuel, food, taxes ($25).
  8. I always travel with a mosquito net, flashlight, bug spray, zithromax z-pak medicine, zinc tablets, first-aid kit
  9. Supplies are usually difficult to get in Haiti, especially if you are heading to a remote area. It's best to bring everything you may need, bring extra. This includes: batteries, medicine, tools, electronic cords, chargers, paper, pens, battery powered fan, mosquito net, even shoe laces.
  10. Designate a person back home to serve as communications contact. Someone who can relay messages and will be monitoring a website or phone messages to keep tabs on the group.

What is Your Next Project?

We are currently coordinating with a drilling company in Bondeau Haiti to drill a new well for the community of Bondeau. We are also planning for phase II of our Kabilash, Nepal project,

How can I help?

We need people who speak creole, nepali, malagasay or spanish. We need professional electricians, plumbers, carpenters, masons and engineers. We need funding for supplies so we can complete our projects. We need to share the expense of shipping supplies - do you have space in a container being shipped to Haiti? We need donated supplies (water sampling kits, rain barrels, field test strips, pumps, pipes, fittings, solar panels, well drilling equipment).

How can I be assured of accountability?

We are a small group and we post blogs and photos of our results so you can see the progress. We offer to give slideshow presentations at church groups, schools, civic groups and professional forums. Just ask us. Or better yet, join us. We will publish our first annual report in 2016 which will provide financial transparency beyond what you find in many other groups. We even post digital copies of receipts to show how much things cost where we conduct our projects.

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The Project

Images of the spring box and pipe installation from Nepal, May 2016.



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Welcome Ceremony

Images of the welcome ceremony in Kabilash Nepal, May 2016.



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Nepal

Images from the field trip to Jomson Nepal, May 2016.



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The People

Photos of the people of Nepal, May 2016.



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