What is WASH?

Sanitation. Sanitation relates to the conditions of the health of a community. This means that the community must be kept clean, which is an ongoing process. Poor sanitation is one of the greatest contributors to disease. One important goal is to end the practice of open defecation. Open defecation is when people go out in fields, forests, open bodies of water, or open spaces rather than using a toilet or latrine. It is incredibly dangerous, as contact with human waste can cause diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, diarrhea, and worm infestation. Haiti Water Project aims to ensure access and use of latrines, create ways to separate human waste from contact with people, as well as to stimulate community-led initiatives to build, maintain, and use latrines, keeping communities clean. Hygiene. Haiti Water Project promotes good hygiene practices, especially hand washing with soap. Good hygiene practices reduce the incidence of diseases like pneumonia, trachoma, scabies, skin and eye infections and diarrhea-related diseases like cholera and dysentery. Washing hands with soap at critical times, like after going to the bathroom or before eating, can have a significant impact on people’s health. Research shows that regular hand washing with soap can reduce the number of incidents of diarrhea by around 50...

How long does the process take?

Once we receive donations, church leaders in Haiti determine which churches have the most immediate needs. From there we visit the area of that church and conduct a baseline study. The results of this study will give us insight into the specific needs in the community so that we can decide exactly where and how many wells to drill, latrines to build and Bio-sandfilters to distribute. The next step is to carry out a Hygiene and Sanitation training to all community leaders who will then be able to teach their community members. After this we make a contract with an engineering organization in Haiti who drills wells for us. The entire process can take anywhere from several weeks to six months depending on the need of the communities and availability of project...

Why Haiti?

One of the greatest needs in Haiti is water. Haiti has a population of more than ten million and the World Health Organization and other similar organizations estimate that more than 40% of the population do not have access to clean water. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Many people in remote areas are living on around a dollar a day. In a study conducted a few years ago, Haiti was also named the “most water-impoverished” country in the world. Approximately 80% of disease in Haiti are water-borne, and that statistic affects children most acutely in a country where one in eight children won’t make it to his or her fifth birthday. (Often a mixture of illness and malnutrition). Walking great distances for water prevents children from attending school. In a country where only 75% of children get the chance to go to primary school, water has even more far-reaching implications.    ...
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