Access to clean, drinkable water in Haiti is a luxury. The average Haitian home does not have running water and nationally there is no water transportation or treatment infrastructure. The national organization in charge of water is stretched thin–understaffed and underfunded. Clean water is a rare commodity and demand is high. In urban areas, bottled water and water pouches (sache dlo) are sold to individuals and huge water trucks carry water to homes to fill up private reservoirs. Unfiltered rainwater can be collected and used for things like cleaning and laundry, but is often still unsafe for things like cooking and drinking. Contaminated water is common and leaves people open to water-borne diarrheal diseases, such as cholera, due to contamination or lack of sanitation.
Our recently purchased land is on the outskirts of Gros-Morne proper and has no access to clean, running water. Local residents walk 1-2 miles to buy filtered water that they then carry back home in buckets. However, a lot of locals cannot afford the cost of filtered water (about 35 cents for 5 gallons). These people are forced to collect rainwater in dirty containers or collect contaminated water from the river another mile away.
Here is where you come in! We are partnering with Water is Life to dig a well on our land and install a solar-powered, self-contained water filtration system. We are raising $15,000 to pay for digging the well and building a water “kiosk” (a small building around the filtration system). This is an incredible opportunity — with this well and filtration system we will be able to supply pure, drinkable water to the local community at an affordable price. Also, our students will be able to learn business skills and we will be creating jobs by employing locals and students to run the kiosk.
With a well and water kiosk, our school can truly become sustainable! Running at full capacity, or water kiosk would create enough revenue to completely cover the operating expenses of our school, including teachers’ salaries, and would even be able to cover our upcoming building and construction expenses.