CLEAN WATER PROJECT
Water equals life. And clean water equals health. It’s a simple concept that has powerful meaning: so much of the disease that we treat in Haiti would be prevented by the availability of clean water. Yet many Haitian communities lack water wells, and the need for clean water is urgent. Recognizing this, HUFH has made clean water one of our priorities with a two-prong program: construction and education. Working with the community from the start, we have an ongoing program to raise funds to build and maintain community wells throughout northern Haiti in villages identified by our partners in Haiti, Dr. Eugene Maklin and Dr. Ernest Jasmin, the Director of the Ministry of Health in the north. As each new well is built, we also deliver community education programs on cholera prevention, the importance of clean water for health, and water safety and well maintenance measures. Each water well, which costs approximately $3500 to build and maintain and employs many Haitians in doing so, provides about 4000 people with access to fresh, clean water for more than 35 years. With the community taking responsibility for the wells and their maintenance, this is a guarantee of healthier children and families whose lives are made easier and safer. To date, we have built 13 wells and more are in progress and we are in the planning stages to build latrines as well to improve hygiene significantly. Thanks to a grant from Positive Legacy, we have repaired an additional two wells and made them accessible to an entire community.