Water…clean water…I do not know what it is like to walk miles for water.

Water…clean water…I do not know what it is like to walk miles upon miles for water, much less clean water. Here at one of the many water fountains in the remote village of Cange, Haiti, people gather bringing their buckets to collect water. They are coming from all over the mountain, some walking miles upon miles in both directions. Once they arrive, they fill up their buckets with water and either carry them in hand by their side, or upon their head. Some walk hundreds of steep steps up and down the mountain, carrying the water.

This day was one of those #ClemsonMoments that I will never forget, a moment in time when you realize that Thomas Green Clemson’s vision is still intact. Clemson Engineers have helped build an infrastructure to provide this area with eight water fountains for close to 10,000 people. Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries have taught the locals how to run the water system, providing hands on training and education. This technology, innovation, along side the working knowledge of the Haitians has created a new culture here in Cange. According to David Vaughn and Dr. Delphine Dean, you can see that Cange is one of the only places in Haiti that is not experiencing the cholera outbreak because of access to clean water. Clemson Engineers providing the common man of Haiti the technology and basic education to create infrastructure that supports economic development.

Because of the clean water, more kids are in school, more people are able to work they land, more animals like horses stay healthy, and the locals are extremely happy. Proud to be a #ClemsonTiger.

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