Pastor Bill Scheer and a team from Guts Church visited the island of La Gonave in January of 2001 for the first time. The team visited his mother and step father who had retired to the island to establish feeding stations for children six and under. Guts Church stepped in to raise money to feed children by hosting the Tougher than Hell Motorcycle Rally every June in Tulsa.
Guts Church continues to feed rice and beans daily to approximately 500 children under six, through five feeding stations established in 2001. These children receive a hubcap full of nutrient rich rice and beans which has helped to reduce child starvation among some of the poorest areas of Anse Galet. It costs only $15 per month to feed one child rice and beans everyday.
In 2002 Guts Church funded the construction of a school for first through sixth grade. This school provides an opportunity for over 150 students to receive an education, develop social skills and receive food daily. We have hired some of the finest teachers and staff from Haiti to run the Sunshine school on La Gonave.
Our focus turned to the construction of a medical clinic during 2003 and 2004. This clinic, known as the Mason House, is a state of the art medical facility for a third world country like Haiti. It has the ability to staff and house a full medical team as well as treat hundreds of patients every month. Currently the clinic is used for light medical, visual and dental treatment during specific schedule missions trips annually.
With proceeds from the 2006 Tougher than Hell Motorcycle Rally Guts Church purchased a Schramm T64 rotary drilling rig with the mind to embark on a multi-year project of drilling and installing 100 water wells on La Gonave. The T64 was refurbished and shipped to La Gonave which arrived April 2007.
Throughout the 2007 drilling season Guts Church was able to complete 10 wells on La Gonave, four fresh water wells supplying water to communities, and six wells which will be used for irrigation. Fresh water now flows for families to drink and use for daily living. We can now begin to see the fruit of our labor.
People typically travel by foot on La Gonave which provides only glorified walking paths for travel. Because there are no real roads on La Gonave, access to remote communities was an impossibility.
Guts Church pioneered a road repair and expansion project, partnering with other NGO’s and the Haitian government, to ensure access to villages throughout the island to provide effective water well drilling.
Road construction and repair on a five mile stretch of road was completed during 2008. This provided access to three communities which had no available water supply. Imagine communities with between 2,000 and 5,000 people existing with no available local water supply.
In 2008, Guts Church drilled an additional 10 wells in conjunction with the road repair, providing fresh drinking water for Etriots, Ti Souce and west Anse Galets, servicing a total of 10,000 people.
As we enter the 2009 drilling season, aggressive preparations are being made for the continued construction of approximately 10 miles of road. This gives Guts Church access to an additional five villages and providing water for approximately 20,000 additional Haitians on La Gonave.
The Schram T-64 drilling rig, equipment, and all drilling operations are owned and operated solely by Guts Church.
These programs are just the beginning of our dream to bring hope and opportunity to the island of La Gonave. We invite you to participate in this adventure with us!