Empowering Haitians with the building blocks for a hope filled future.
On Monday, January 24, TNM began new construction on a home. This home is for our good friend and faithful employee of 9 months. Rudy, his fiance, and his 4-year-old son Clevens will soon have a safe place to call home. Engaged to be married on April 2, Rudy is one of our hardest workers and he always has a smile on his face. In his 30 years, he has never once lived in his own home. It is our honor, in partnership with Converge Worldwide, to build a home for him and his family. This is the first of many homes that we plan to build for the wonderful people with whom we’ve built relationships over the past year. As we place physical building blocks at the site of Rudy’s new home, we employ thirty Haitians in construction, empowering them with the building blocks for a hope filled future.
We are humbled as we look back at the past year at all that God has accomplished. We look with faith and anticipation to this coming year for all that God is going to do in this country with a people rich in culture and perseverance.
Our construction coordinator Jacques Joseph pictured with the completed Yahve Shamma Orphanage! Thank you to Help End Local Poverty for funding the project and connecting us with Pastor Gaetan and the wonderful work that he’s doing with the kids here. A big thank you to all our volunteers that were involved!
TNM starts production of earthquake bricks
This week Thirst No More began operating the Auram Press 3000 that we shipped in from India. The hydraulic press produces interlocking bricks from dirt and earthquake rubble.
TNM’s first building will be a church that will not only serve as a place of worship for the community, but also as a gathering point for many relief projects. Furthermore, the church’s former building will be converted into a trade school to train orphans and people from the community with new skills for job placement.
TNM bricks are stronger and more cost-effective than concrete blocks
The Auram Press 3000 creates “compressed stabilized earth blocks” (CSEB). These blocks are up to 40% stronger than the traditional concrete block in Haiti. Additionally, the blocks are interlocking and can be used with rebar like traditional blocks.
TNM brick press benefits Haitian communities
There is no fire used in the production of TNM’s bricks. This contributes to the amazing reduction of pollution that CSEB technology offers. 800% less pollution is good for any community! Additionally, TNM is creating jobs for local unemployed men at each of its work sites. And, of course, the end result is quality, earthquake resistant homes for Haitian families.
Contribute to construction and strengthening communities
Thirst No More needs to buy 50 truck loads of dirt at approximately $100 each. $5,000 will allow us to drastically reduce the cost per brick from $.62 to approximately $.40 each.
We are asking you to do two things today:
1) Buy a load of dirt.
2) Go to Thirst No More’s facebook page and re-post this article to your home page. Encourage your friends to join you in buying a truck load of dirt!
Give Dirt Here! Just write “dirt” in the comment section and we will get your tuck load delivered!
While most college students use the summer to relax or save up money while working, Bethany and Nick, two students from Liberty University, travelled to Zimbabwe to work with Thirst No More in the city of Bulawayo. They have spent time helping out in “forever homes,” prisons, a youth arena, and the rural area of Tsholotsho.
The many forever homes scattered across Bulawayo function as small orphanages, each with ten children, a house mother, and a few other helpers. Nick and Bethany have loved visiting the forever homes and getting to know the children. They also had quite an interesting experience visiting a few of the prisons, but one of their favorites events is the youth program they help host at the youth arena of Mabu 20 each Saturday. There Nick and Bethany assist in a program for kids that includes games, singing, a snack, and a Bible story. They are so excited to spend time with the sweet children and show them the love of God.
Another wonderful experience for two college students was going to Tsholotsho, the rural area where TNM and its partners have been doing most of the well repairs. Nick spent the week with the family of one of the men on the pump repair team and worked with the team on a well. Bethany stayed at a local school with a teacher and had the privilege of helping teach English and an HIV/AIDS lesson. They did run into some initial resistance in the rural areas simply because white people are a rarity there. However, once the people in the village warmed up to them, Nick and Bethany were able to join in two nights of singing, dancing, and worship. They had an amazing time experiencing worship with another culture, despite the fact that most of the songs were in the local dialect of Ndbele and they didn’t know what the songs meant!
Nick and Bethany have greatly enjoyed their time in Zimbabwe and have already learned so much. TNM is excited to have them be a part of the TNM team for the summer and looks forward to hearing more of how God will use them. To read more about what TNM is doing in Zimbabwe, go to the “Where We Are” section of our website.
Having spent the last 9 months working in our office as Volunteer Coordinator, staff member Sydney is taking her first international trip with Thirst No More. She and several others will spend the next two weeks in Tanzania repairing water wells, working with children, and sharing Christ’s love with people who have yet to hear about it.
Sydney and her fiancé, David, will be marrying in July of this summer. Sydney will continue her work as Volunteer Coordinator, and David will join the staff as Regional Representative to the Northeast US. Together, they will serve as a vital link between churches in America and opportunities around the world.
You can get connected with David and Sydney, and see updates on their work in Tanzania by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/givewater.