Agriculture

Colminy is an agricultural community. When old-timers were young, they say their yards and nearby fields were flush with trees and melons – melons to eat and melons to sell. None grow there now. In fact, nothing of value does!
Over time Colminy’s trees have been cut for cooking fuel; the rains diminished and the temperatures rose. Air temperatures are now blazing hot and the humidity is oppressive. Rainfall is low, especially from December through March. So today Colminy’s tiny mud or block homes are surrounded by desperately dry, depleted soil that seems only to support cacti and short, scrubby vegetation.

Wind makes the temps a little more tolerable, but then the blowing dust becomes a problem. Once I left a small, opened baggie in the far corner of a windowless room. Two hours later, it was half filled with dust! Imagine all that blowing into their pots while cooking outdoors!

On the road just beyond Colminy, one can usually see smoke rising in the distance — this from natives eking out a living, making charcoal from the area’s few remaining trees.  And so, the environmental destruction continues!

With all these issues, how can Colminy be an “Agricultural Community?” 

Although money is scarce, Colminy’s farmers have been forced to rent gardens close to a water source. It takes them an hour to walk each way! Once they arrive, they toil with nothing but hand tools under Haiti’s brutal sun.

Collectively, local farmers dug a trench between community gardens. Water must be pumped from the river to fill the higher trench. Once it’s filled, it is piped to fill the space between their row crops.

What do they grow?  Veggies:  onions, okra, eggplant, corn, and peppers in two varieties.  They also grow papaya.

Their only complaint — they can’t get water from the river to the trench without renting a pump from another community, and then only when it’s available. That’s a biggie! They need a pump of their own!
This is where HHC comes in. We hope to provide the Colminy’s farm community with “a pump of their own.”
Having done the research, Win feels the Honda WB20XT3 is the most cost effective and ideal. This is a Self-Priming Water Pump powered by a dependable Honda GX series commercial-grade engine that starts easily and puts out 1,000 gallons/hr. It provides ample power for the toughest conditions and is “built to last with an abrasion-resistant silicon carbide mechanical seal, cast iron volute and impeller and heavy-duty full-frame protection.”

The cost? $429.00 for the basic unit. But it also needs 2 long, heavy-duty hoses that together cost $170. So, for $599.00 Colminy farmers can receive the rugged and fully-equipped pump they’ve been yearning for. With this, their farming will be both easier and more productive!

If you would like to bless these men in any way, please consider contributing towards their pump!