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
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
Having done the research, Win feels the Honda WB20XT3 is the most
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
If you would like to bless these men in any way, please consider contributing towards their pump!