The Haiti Water Project, a ministry of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM), seeks to provide clean and safe drinking water to vulnerable communities in Haiti, along with classes in healthy hygiene and sanitation routines through a program called WASH (Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene).
WHY WE EXIST
Haiti is a country filled with beautiful people and great possibilities. Today it is also one of the most water-impoverished countries in the world. Nine out of ten people do not have running water and more than four million people are without access to safe drinking water. On top of that, many Haitians live in areas where healthy hygiene and sanitation routines are not used, often resulting in disease. Many family members have to walk long distances to retrieve water each day for their family. Too often children must spend the day walking for water instead of attending school, as the expense of buying water in remote areas is unaffordable. The water retrieved is often contaminated, spreading illness. This contaminated water kills thousands each year with children being the most vulnerable. One statistic even shows that one in eight children won’t reach their fifth birthday. It doesn’t have to be this way.
WHAT WE DO
With overwhelming statistics—including the fact that about half of Haiti’s population lacks access to safe drinking water and one in every eight children won’t reach their fifth birthday—providing WASH (Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene) services is a practical way to offer better health and show our love through compassionate ministries. Haiti Water Project works with local Nazarene churches to provide education and training, as well as to build wells, latrines and Bio-sand filters to reduce water and hygiene related diseases in these communities.
HWP works with local leaders to determine the specific water, sanitation and hygiene needs in the community, and to discuss implementation and maintenance plans. Leaders are empowered to improve lives through sustainable resources. Entire communities are transformed as churches in Haiti become places where people come for both the literal and spiritual water of life.