Clean Water Project for Haiti.
Our goal is to provide clean water for local people mostly in the area where the cholera outbreak , water borne disease are killing people.
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Clean water project for Haiti.
Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Les Cayes , Haiti
Location(s) of impact
United Nations Award. Youth Assembly 2014
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
The proposed solution is to drill well for local people mostly in the area where the cholera outbreak and water borne diseases are killing people. Educated them and how to use the water and sanitation. Creating women group or association to be responsible of the well.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
The initiative is addressing the water problem in Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, many Haitian died because of drinking unclean water. The cholera outbreak and other water borne disease have killed a lot of Haitians. To respond to this problem , the initiative is addressing the water problem in other to help the Haitians to have clean water to drink and to protect themselves against waterborne diseases like Cholera.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
Since we started the water program, there is a huge decreasing of people dying from cholera and waterborne diseases in many communities where we drilled wells. That is one of the reasons the local government honored us . We help developing a new strategies to fight against the cholera epidemic. Before ,other organizations used to give tablets to purify the water before drinking it. But now they see how we do to help communities to have water to drink in drilling wells. It's more sustainable and more efficient. The well that we drill is a path to development. The social and environmental impact of the Water Project is that people of those communities have benefited of something that help them to stay healthy and also having water to watering plants. It's very important for them to have a well in their communities.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
In Haiti , water is really expensive. To have a bucket of water ,usually it cost a lot of money. The price for a bucket of water varies depending the area or the moment. In order to keep our project a live and sustainable, we ask the local people to give a 10 cents of donations per bucket of water. They use to pay a bucket of water for 70 cents . But us , we drill the wells for them in their communities and they pay only 10 cents . There is a women community in each village to collect the 10 cents for us. Those women are volunteers. With those 10 cents per bucket of water, we able to continue to drill other wells for other communities. And also keep our project moving forward. And also most of the time some donators who appreciate our work and the impact of our water project help us out.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
In Haiti, women play a big role in the economy but they are not implicated enough in the system. To engage them in the system and also to be aware of the water problem, we decided to have women group to control the wells in their communities and collects the money as well . They are also responsible for the well being of the wells in their communities. That is a big surprise for many people in the communities , because we put women first in control .
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
In 2009, the cholera epidemic started killing a lot Haitians . In my community in Les Cayes, I lost one uncle, 2 cousins , 4 friends and 2 classmates. All of them died because of the cholera epidemic. I saw other people dying in the Hospital. And on was in the news as well .Even some other countries put a restriction to their people to not going to Haiti. I felt ashamed and also I was thinking how I can help out. I decided to take action. I didn't have a lot of money. I started collecting money from some coworkers, friends and family to buy drugs at can purify the water before drinking. It was helpful but not enough. In 2010, an earthquake hitted Haiti. The situation was very bad , I decided to continue to help out in drilling wells for communities, and help the living condition of the people in terms of water usage.
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