In early 2008, two years before a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, Pure Water began a campaign to save Haiti from a disaster that strikes every single day.
In Haiti, we apply our truly sustainable solutions in a place where they’re desperately needed.
Our partnerships with Management Sciences for Health (funded by USAID) and others enable us to bring clean water to schools, homes, clinics and orphanages in underserved regions of Haiti —particularly in the Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, arguably the most destitute slum in the western hemisphere. Since 2008, we have provided our package of services to:
The devastating earthquake in January, 2010 destroyed not only much of the city, but also the city’s water distribution system. Due to necessity, our attention in Haiti shifted to providing desperately needed water. Since our Haiti offices are in Port-au-Prince and our staff is known to neighborhood leaders, we were able to quickly begin trucking clean water to Cite Soleil.
For the next 14 months, with funding provided by Save the Children, we delivered tanker truckloads of purified water to 80,000 people every day.
In March, 2011, Pure Water launched two water purification units in Haiti, donated by Dow Chemical Company to provide safe water to two hospitals and thousands of people living close by. These state-of-the-art water units are installed at the Hopital Universitaire de la Paix in Port-au-Prince and the Hopital Sainte Croix in Leogane. They provide an average of 15 to 20 thousand gallons of water each day per unit. That’s enough water to meet the demands of the hospitals and provide clean water to thousands living in neighboring areas of Port-au-Prince and Leogane.
Parents and teachers in Haiti often describe the positive changes that clean water and sanitation have made in the lives of community children. They want filters in their homes and schools so that more students and entire families can enjoy the same health benefits.