Drinking water and hygiene in Haiti
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project in Haiti brings safe drinking water to rural, remote areas of the country, which often are at danger from flooding and cyclones. On top of that, many households were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake and not rebuilt, increasing the number of families without access to clean water and sanitation facilities and leading to a situation that can foster the spreading of water-borne diseases, such as cholera.
Our experts on site explore the several existing methods to ensure access to clean water and apply those that fit the circumstances at each place best. If direct access to a water source is not possible for example, our staff considers installing cisterns or water reservoirs. Additionally, we built latrines, wash basins for handwashing, waste baskets and burners. They all are built with local material in order to ensure that they can be modified or repaired independently.
Our team focuses on schools and health centers, where sanitation facilities are most needed and not only benefit the attending children, but also the surrounding communities. In 2015, we built 59 latrines or urinals and 18 wash basins.
Additionally, we work closely with the local authorities and the population. Latrines, wells and systems of rainwater collection are built with the assistance and involvement of the community, who for example help with transporting the building material. Moreover, inhabitants are educated about hygiene and “water committees” are responsible for properly managing this essential resource.