Ivoire, Haiti After a trip to the mountains of Ivoire in Haiti the directors of Water without Borders sought to take on the challenge of bringing clean water to this remote and often overlooked area. The mountainous terrain and inadequate roads present obstacles that restrict many organizations from providing much needed aid to this area. Water Without Borders is going to work with a local nonprofit in Pierre Payen, called Clean Water for Haiti. They specialize in bio sand water filters. They build these filters and train local nationals and other nonprofit organizations to build, install, operate, educate, and follow up on the work they do. Their ongoing follow up visits to their installations sites, is a signature of their commitment to the care and devotion to the mission. That is why we at Water Without Borders are delighted to help them provide clean water to this area.
One of the sources of water that we visited was very difficult to get to. After a fifteen minute walk down a hill on a rock and dirt path to the spring, we were not only surprised to see the filthy water, but also the conditions surrounding it. The area was muddy and full of animal excrement, contamination of the water was evident. In the same place there were women doing laundry and a young girl fetching water from a decrepit concrete well. Not only was the access to water difficult but they had to transport it themselves up the hill and then to their home which could be miles away.
Water Without Borders would like to: First get bio-sand filters to the area, to filter the water at the point of use and prevent waterborne diseases; Second, drill water wells to provide easier access to areas further away from the spring, alleviating the time requirement to obtain water and improving time management; Third, install a rain harvesting systems to utilize the natural resources available and improve water conservation; and Fourth, install a pump system into existing water source to pump water to top of hill in order to reduce the burden of hauling water.
This is our preliminary plan. We understand we may need to change are approach at any time and we are able to do this with minimal impact on our mission or resources. This project will be ongoing for many of years. Let us know if you'd like to help us achieve our goals.