Saturday, October 26, 2013
"La Source": a Princeton janitor returns to Haiti to help a new water project, post-earthquake
“La Source”, a little documentary by Patrick Shen, gives us another look at the clean water problem in the developing world. Don Cheadle narrates.
I see that on my Books blog on June 2, 2007, I had documented some other media on clear water projects around the world, including a faith-based project in Guatemala, and efforts in Africa by Matt Damon.
This new film, on Amazon Instant Play and iTunes, traces the generous efforts of a janitor, Josue Lajeunesse, at Princeton University, who had emigrated from Haiti and who is now a single father who also drives a cab, to raise funds and support a new water project in his home country. He has been in the habit of sending money back to support relatives besides his own kids, a common expectation in immigrant cultures. “La Source” will be a system consisting of a cistern in the mountains and new trenches to bring clean water down to destitute villagers. Previously, the villagers either used contaminated water in a river (risking cholera) or hiked up the mountain to carry down water manually.
The project had been conceived before the 2010 earthquake. The film shows how the earthquake left so many people permanently homeless because the landlords, often offshore, decided not to bother to rebuild.
Josue enlists the help of some Princeton students, some of whom help raise money with “Waves of Mercy” events, and even travel to Haiti for volunteer labor. I do wonder how easily faith-based groups can do projects in Haiti compared to other countries that have not had the same scale of disaster.
Josue says “other people’s problems are my problems”.
The link for the film is here. Maybe there will be a similar film later about the Philippines typhoon disaster.
The film is distributed by “Film Buff” and Transcendental Media.