CORMIERS IS LOCATED IN THE LÉOGÂNE ARRONDISSEMENT, ABOUT 29 KM WEST OF THE HAITIAN CAPITAL, PORT-AU-PRINCE. HAS A RICH AND UNIQUE CULTURE, ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO THE ARTS AND ARTISANAT.
The village, located close to the coast at a low altitude of 100 msl, it is off grid, there are no infrastructure, no roads, no electricity, no water. +
The area was at the epicenter of the 12 January 2010 earthquake, was a magnitude 7.0 Mw and was catastrophically affected. Death toll estimates by the Haitian government figures 220,000 people.
The economy in Cormiers remains predominantly an agricultural based economy but the potential is here.
With highly skilled artisans working the local stones collected from the river, but they don't have easy access to potential clients for selling them art-crafts.
Recently in the village a well as been realized but unfortunately the water founded is not potable so the inhabitants of the community are still collecting water for drinking purpose from the river that remain the main source of water.
The technique they use to get the water from the dry river is excavating little ponds in the sand and creating a water basin. Women are mainly responsible for finding and collecting water for their families. This water is potentially dangerous, polluted naturally by livestock like cows that is using daily the same water, human waste (there is no toilet system in the village) and chemicals cause by the clothes washing activities.
For the daily water collection trips can take about 30 minutes or longer. They are made primary by women but not only, the task falls also to children, girls and boys.+
The fact that it's not just the quality of water that's at issue but also the health implications for such and physically heavy task. Once a woman gets to a water source, she can expect to spend even more time waiting in line, then comes the hard part: taking the water back home and this may take another half hour. A single trip for water each day it is often not enough, depending on the size of the family and the household's needs — like laundry, for instance — women may make this trip multiple times on the same day. Water collection times have real impacts on women and girls lives and on the village economy. To collect the water they often use a jerry can, a bright yellow plastic container that was originally filled with gasoline or cooking oil. It can hold 5 gallons (20 liters) of water and weighs about 40 pounds (20 kg). Where the yellow plastic container is not available heavy clay pots are used. The time invested for water collection could boost women's economic activity.
The project was started in early 2017 and the construction site was initiated middle of December of the same year.
At the moment the Warka Tower in under construction and our objective is to accomplish the main part by end of April 2018.