Thursday, March 04, 2010
Local water truck brings relief to Haiti since 2005
Lori Nickel, Montgomery MessengerEven before the recent earthquakeparts of Haiti in ruins, the CitéSoleil section of Port au Princewas known as one of the poorestareas in the western hemisphere.In Haiti, water born illnesses arethe leading cause of disease anddeath in children under five-years-old and access to clean drinkingwater has always been a dailystruggle.This need for clean water became a mission of the St. Nicholas Knights of Columbus #12520 of New Market five years ago after Father Bernard Reiser, then-pastor of the St. Nicholas Parish, shed light on the run down water distributionsystem of the Haitian people. Knight Bob Seykora approached local businessowner Tim Rud, a co-owner of Rud Construction, Inc., with this need, and hisfamily took action.Tim, his father Rodney Rud and brother Terry Rud, all co-owners of the business,went beyond expectations by donating a tractor truck and tank to be used as awater delivery truck in the Port au Prince slum.The Knights converted the truck into a fresh water tank truck and Reiser Relief,Inc. has been operating it since, delivering 14,000 gallons of free, clean, life savingwater every day, reaching 2,800 Cité Soleil families each week since 2005.