The well drilling rig and truck sat in Holland, Michigan, awaiting shipment to Haiti while funds were raised to pay the shipping cost, approximately $15,000.
Once our goal was reached, OIH’s Well Rig was carefully disassembled and completely packed by Theo in the shipping container. On the afternoon of December 6, 2010, the container departed Holland, Michigan en route to Miami, Florida where it was expected to leave the port for Gonaive, Haiti on Dec 10.
Due to an expected delay, the Well Rig was shipped to and arrived in Haiti in January of 2011. It cleared customs on Feb 4. Praise God! OIH president Jean, and friend and volunteer Theo flew to Haiti on the second week of February to oversee the transport of the well rig from Gonaive to Bombardopolis and its re-assembly.
Once the drill reached Port au Prince, it took 3-4 days to drive the drill to Bombardopolis due to the terrible roads that are unpaved, consisting of pot holes that are few feet in diameter. It was quite challenging just to get the drill to the OIH property.
We are so overwhelmed with gratitude for those who have made this miracle come true. Most importantly, we are so thankful to God for carefully placing the right people at the right place, at the right time to make this project possible.
We are excited for the first well to be completed at the OIH center, where the children will not have to worry about having enough water to drink, to bathe with and to just maintain proper hygiene.
We are also looking forward to starting a vegetable garden at the center to provide fresh food for the children. Having a well will provide so many opportunities to enrich the lives of the children.
OIH will also provide wells for the community so the locals will not have to walk miles for potable water. They too will have enough water to provide their family with drinking, cleaning, watering crops and providing water for their livestock.
This well rig has been a miracle. We pray that the people in Bombardopolis will see how God is using OIH to show His love and mercy to all people, even in one of the most remote places in the world.