Jacmel City, Haiti The Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed more than 220,000 people and the loss of homes left 1.6 million people in Haiti homeless. After a massive outpouring of relief efforts, the focus has now shifted to the rebuilding of Haiti. Paul Farmer noted in "5 Lessons From Haiti" (Foreign Policy, December 2010), "relief is the easy part." He goes on to say that "jobs are everything," and we must now give the people "something to go home to." But less than 20% of the devastation in Port au Prince has been cleaned up, over 750,000 people are still living in tents and since the end of October 2010, over 4300 people have lost their lives to Cholera.
In order to address critical unmet needs, provide job training and life skills, and promote job growth and economic opportunity, Water Without Borders proposes to establish the Jacmel Water Center.
The Jacmel Water Center would offer a clean water source, rain harvesting systems, water tablets, education, and jobs for
local people, housing for volunteers, and a place for organizations involved to use as a distribution point and staging center
continued relief and rebuilding efforts.
Our proposed location is on a main road, under five minutes from the airport and approximately 15 minutes from Port de
Jacmel. We chose this location because of the great accessibility for emergency response personnel and equipment for
current and future humanitarian needs.
We are looking for initial funding of around $260,000.00. We have projected to make a measureable difference in the lives
of 100,000 people our first full year in Jacmel. The Jacmel Water Center will not only give the local people a source of clean
water, but offer employment opportunities and provide educators in the community. Water Without Borders guarantees a
successful project, and is sure this will be a model for other organizations to follow.
For details on the Jacmel Water Center please click here to access the Jacmel Water Center Proposal.