Nearly half a million people in the South Department (Le Sud) of Haiti have no access to clean, safe water, or adequate sanitation. The dirty and contaminated water they are drinking is prone to the propagation of cholera and water-borne diseases. Not only have these people been forced to gamble their health with unsafe drinking water, but most of them do not even have toilets. As a result, they defecate in open fields, with disastrous impacts on the environment and on their health. This problem is exacerbated by inadequate hygiene. These conditions are ideal for the spread of the deadly cholera epidemic that is ravaging the South. Too often, parents tragically lose their children to cholera and other diseases that could have been prevented if the communities had used toilets and had access to clean water.
RSH is currently working with Waters Mission International to install a clean water project in Roche-Jabouin, where the inhabitants are getting their drinking water from a contaminated well. This clean water project will have a water filtration system and an electronic pump with solar panels. This project will benefit thousands of people.
We also plan to dig five wells, to provide safe drinking water, and to build 50 latrines in rural communities in Port-Salut, to safely dispose of human waste. To ensure continued improvement in sanitary conditions, we plan to train villagers in proper hygiene and to construct other sustainable water projects. Our projects are community-focused and require community engagement and participation throughout the process to ensure long-term sustainability.