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Recent Water Systems Built in the Central Plateau

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on April 15, 2015 at 11:05 PM Comments comments ()

I just visited three water systems built by Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) in communities on the Central Plateau of Haiti.  The first is on the plateau north of Bassin Zim -- the Tinnenen spring in Carre Savanne.  The system consists of two spring caps and reservoirs that are connected and two faucets on the lower reservoir.  When I visited, it was the very end of a very dry season.  Although the water level was below the faucets, the community could still obtain precious cle...

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On the Way to Wagouma

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on April 15, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments ()



By Susan Lea Smith, United Church of Christ Member of international Reference Group Ecumenical Water Network World Council of Churches

I went to Haiti over Spring Break and Holy Week. I visited water syst...

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From Mark Hare's Blog

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments ()


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Finding Water in the Mountains of the Artibonite

by Mark Hare 

 Please visit http://http/ for the full experiencel...

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Blogging for Water

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on October 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM Comments comments ()

All around the world, people are blogging about water today.  Here are some of the water facts that you may see:

Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.  Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E.coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it's no surprise that water, or rather...

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The Zabriko Project - Trip 3

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on August 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM Comments comments ()

I just returned from vacation after my third trip to Zabriko. 

This trip I travelled with eight others -- a fascinating woman from NY who has been doing development work for the last 30 years and the equally fascinating members of the Pacific Northwest solidarity group -- MPPs designation for the motley crew I brought with me. 

The solidarity group included a young man (...

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Looking for Water

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on August 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM Comments comments ()

The hardest thing in Haiti is to find all of the organizations that are trying to provide clean water.  I "ran into" another one this week, operating just 40 kilometers from the center of MPPs work.  I hope MPP can establish a collaborative relationship with them.

If anyone who is not a member runs into this blog -- and is doing ANY work in Haiti -- PLEASE contact me!   The best contact is susanlsmith @  Note -- spaces in e-mail.

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Spreading the Gospel of Clean Water

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on April 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM Comments comments ()

Recently I've had a chance to meet with women from all around the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ, including the Portland area and the mid-Willamette valley.  This week I'll be headed for Condon to meet with women from central Oregon at Condon.  Its incredibly energizing to meet these folks, with all of their varied and amazing experiences.  Then, its off to the regional Women's conference at Boise, ID.  Awesome!

Update on Work as Water Justice Intern

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on March 3, 2010 at 7:19 PM Comments comments ()

This year I am working as an intern for the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ as an intern.  My work serves the Wider Church Ministry team and the Justice & Witness team of the Conference and focuses on water justice issues.


Since September,  I have done slideshow presentations on the Zabriko project at Sumpter Elementary 5th Grade, JGEMS 7th grade class, the Fall Gathering in Beaverton, Zion UCC, The Dalles UCC, the IUCN Academy o...

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CWS on sand dams in Kenya

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on June 28, 2009 at 12:47 AM Comments comments ()


--"We are so happy about the dam," says Jenifer, a young mother in Akiriamet, the Pokot District, where a sand dam has been constructed with the help of Church World Service and local partner Yang?at. "Before, the adults would go for days without bathing," Jenifer adds. "Now we can use a whole five liters (about 1 1/3 gallons) to bathe. The water is so close we can keep chickens and do laundry. Also, if people travel by and ask for water, now we can give them a drink a...

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Peasant Movement of Papay

Posted by drinkwaterforlife on May 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM Comments comments ()

Recent blog posting regarding 1st Congregational UCC Salem's partner in Haiti: the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP)

5 March 2009

Positively Green:


Yes Haiti.

The Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) or Peasant Movement of Papay is the oldest and largest cooperative movement  in Haiti. With 60,000 members , the 35 year-old collective is situated inthe central plateau...

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