August 22, 2018
You helped us reach over 14,000 people! We have closed the books on another incredible fiscal year. Children, families, and communities are healthier today thanks to your generous support.
Madam Nelson (pictured), of Cité Soleil, Haiti, is the mother of seven. Before receiving the family’s safe water filter this year, she and her children regularly suffered from persistent illnesses and countless infections caused by unsafe water. Today, Madam Nelson reports that her family is healthy! What’s more, they no longer have to spend limited funds purchasing water. Their lives have changed, and the family is truly grateful.
Following is a snapshot of what was accomplished in fiscal year 2018:
- Reached 14,080 individuals in Haiti & Honduras with safe water & sanitation solutions.
- Installed 1,597 biosand water filters in homes and 20 in schools.
- Constructed 199 latrines at homes and 113 at schools.
- Built 46 hand-washing stations at schools.
- Conducted 149 hygiene education workshops for families/communities.
- Trained 708 volunteer Community Agents, empowering them with the knowledge to support their communities’ safe water and sanitation programs.
- Completed 1,001 monitoring and evaluation visits to homes and schools, reinforcing the long-term success of the programs.
- Empowered 56 schoolteachers with lessons about how to integrate safe water, hygiene and sanitation practices into the classroom.
- Constructed 5 rainwater-harvesting systems in schools and laid 12 km PVC piping systems, supplying water to schools that previously had no sustainable source.
- Conducted 29 WASH workshops, covering 19 topics, providing essential skills to 703 individuals. WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training continues to be a tremendous growth area in which our expertise is shared to empower others to reach more children and families.
- Completed 732 tests in the Water Quality Testing Lab in Haiti. Worked with a variety of clients, including other NGOs (i.e. Catholic Relief Services, Partners in Health, Vermont Haiti Project), as well as governmental organizations (i.e. United Nations) and private businesses. This also continues to be an area of outstanding growth and supports our ability to enhance our collective understanding and support of water quality issues in Haiti.
Other notable activities of fiscal year 2018 include:
- Hosted 58 volunteers in Honduras and Haiti, who took action to create lasting change.
- Completed our first comprehensive WASH project in Haiti schools. The project included the construction of latrines and handwashing stations, the installation of biosand water filters, as well as hygiene training in 15 schools, reaching over 6,000 children, who previously had no safe water to drink, no safe place to use the bathroom, and no way to wash their hands at school.
- Worked in collaboration with the Haitian government to establish the national strategy for Household Water Treatment Systems (for Haiti).
- Partnered with UNICEF to bring critical WASH training programs to the exceptionally remote, indigenous region of La Mosquitia, Honduras.
- As part of a Rotary WASH-in-Schools Global Grant, launched a WASH training project in underserved communities in Guatemala.
- Hosted our biggest Menstrual Hygiene Day celebration to-date. More than 1,000 children, teachers and parents participated in PWW activities across Honduras and in Haiti to celebrate, learn and breakdown barriers. Education provides a powerful means to remove the stigma of shame and open the doors for women and girls to be supported and respected. AND, it helps empower girls to stay in school!
Our teams in Honduras and Haiti continue to collaborate with other organizations as well as their local, regional and national governments. They are frequently contacted to assist with government directives to develop initiatives and set standards working toward the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which include access to safe water and sanitation for all.
This year, we plan to do even more! As we continue our implementation work to create an even greater impact with WASH programs, we will also be increasing our reach through our training and consulting services. We will be working to improve our impact measurement systems, so that you can see even more of the changes you are helping to make possible!
We cannot do this without you. The Pure Water for the World team is deeply grateful for your support. Our successes and everyday achievements are only possible because of the invaluable partnership we share. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or if you want to learn more!
Thank you so very much. Looking forward to more great things to come!
With much gratitude,
Carolyn Crowley Meub