The Haiti Water Project is currently partnering with Pure Water for the World to install biosand filters in Nazarene schools across Haiti. The HWP aims to provide clean, safe water for communities in Haiti and biosand filters are a simple, affordable way to purify water of microbes and diseases.
Clean water, or the lack of it, has a tremendous impact on people, especially children. It often becomes their job to carry buckets of water to their homes and they fall ill from the contaminates in the water.
This is true in places like Saint-Marc and Cité Soliel, but now children can walk just outside of their classroom to the filter for a class of fresh water.So far installation in 60 schools for 13,322 children has been completed and 60 more schools are in progress.
Hygiene education is another important part of the project. Simple things like teaching students how to wash their hands properly is an important step in reducing disease. Soon, around 13,000 more children will learn these same tools to prevent disease and have access to filtered water. An added bonus: Those children’s families and other community members in 120 towns will also have access to clean water.
Many of the churches and schools housing the biosand filters were damaged or destroyed in the January earthquake. We are currently working on assessments and will be posting updates on the affected water resources on this site as we receive them. Below is a photo of a damaged biosand filter at Lacul de Leogane.