The working name for STRIVE’s initial project in Plaine de L’Arbre, Haiti comes from a conversation with the KASEC of the community. When asked about the needs of the community, KASEC Gedinlien Metayer listed a number of concerns including school lunches, educational resources, and road improvements, but said that water was first (dlo an premye) among the needs.
Many members of the community - including local government representatives, civic and trade association leaders, and individual citizens - have indicated that water is a priority in terms of resource management in Plaine de L’Arbre. Directors of three area schools expressed an interest in providing potable drinking water for students throughout the school day.
Beginning in October 2018, STRIVE assisted community members in repairing the existing rainwater cistern at the National School of Plaine de L'Arbre. The first phase of the project was completed in February 2019 with the installation of gutters along the front of the building to direct water to the cistern when there's rainfall in the area.
The cistern at the National School holds about 10,000 gallons of water, which provides about 2 months of water for drinking, hand washing, and preparing school lunches. But the impacts reach beyond providing for the students and faculty during the school day. Previously, every family with children enrolled would regularly contribute money to have drums of water delivered to the school each week. Families can now save that money to be used toward meeting their own household needs!