Today is the day I was really looking forward to. Pwoje Espwa is the agricultural teaching orphanage in Les Cayes and the place where our septic system design will be implemented as well as our biodigesters.
Once entering the grounds there is a long dirt road that leads to the orphanage.
It is currently the 20th anniversary of the orphanage and there were banners hanging at the entrance.
Cameron Parker is a director of Pwoje Espwa and since he isn’t in Haiti this week he connected us with his right-hand man, Ti Boss. Once we met with Ti Boss we went to go look at a current sanitary system they are building.
Then we headed over to the site where a new housing unit would be built in place of an existing one. This housing unit is not technically a part of the orphanage but is a part of Pwoje Espwa’s outreach program to the neighboring houses. As of right now this is the site where the next septic design will be implemented. We took field notes and measurements of the site.
We began digging a hole at 11:05 AM in order to conduct a permeability test of the soil. We filled a hole that was 17 inches deep with about 9 inches of water. We came back at 12:05 PM and measured the height of the water to be about 8 inches. Therefore we saw a water level drop of 1in/hr.
For the hour we were waiting for the water to infiltrate the soil we headed over to the pig farm where the biodigesters will be used.
The plan is to connect the pig farm drainage holes using pipes sloped to the biodigesters so that the waste gets drained right into the biodigester. There are about 40 pigs and there is plenty of waste accumulated to keep a biodigester running and producing methane.
After, we met some of the school kids. They were really nice and wanted to hold hands and take pictures. Nicole and I let them take our phones and take pictures of whatever they wanted. Here are some of those photos:
When all of our work was completed we headed back. The orphanage is absolutely gorgeous and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to help them expand and grow.