WASH in Limonade, Haiti
Empowering Children & Families with the Foundation for Improved Health & Renewed Hope
Just a short drive from Cap-Haïtien, northern Haiti’s largest city, is the commune of Limonade. Limonade was founded in 1676 and became an official commune in 1864. There are ~45 communities within the Limonade commune, with a population of approximately 69,256 people, living across 50.93 square miles, of which 68% is suburban, 30% is rural, and 2% is urban. The local economy primarily relies upon trade and agricultural production (coffee, cane sugar, yams, corn, peas). The largest town in the commune is also called Limonade.
Limonade is home to King Henri Christophe University, established in 2012 and considered to be Haiti’s most modern university infrastructure.
Within the Limonade commune are three rural communal sections. The communities of Pistère, Déreal and Campeche, where PWW is currently implementing WASH programs, are located in the Roucou communal.
Water access varies across the commune, with access points including a river, public fountains, wells, water catchments, and unprotected springs…all of which are contaminated with e-coli and other pathogens.
CHALLENGES IN LIMONADE:
- Families living in rural and underserved communities suffer from a severe lack of access to safe water and sanitary infrastructure.
- Local schools lack access to safe drinking water and children have no safe place to use the bathroom or wash hands.
- Women and girls have limited knowledge of menstrual hygiene management and lack basic materials and facilities to manage menstruation.
- Water-related illnesses, including typhoid, persistent diarrhea, intestinal parasites and worms, malaria, skin diseases, and vaginal infections are common and widespread, impacting children and adults throughout the region.
For every $450 raised
Pure Water for the World will provide a family with:
- An in-home use, BioSand water filtration system, that keeps healthy minerals in the water, while filtering out up to 100% of parasites and other toxicants; > learn more
- Safe water, sanitation and hygiene educational training;
- Follow-up monitoring, to ensure the cycles of waterborne illnesses are broken.
“My name is Monchère Claudette. I’m from Pistère. I live in my house with six people; three are my children (ages 18, 14 and 8). My children used to have stomachaches and diarrhea. But now that they are drinking the water from the filter, they are healthy! I want to say thank you to PWW. Thank you very much.”
PROJECT GOALS AND OUTCOME:
- Partner with rural Limonade communities by engaging community members, including local government, in the planning and implementation of WASH programs.
- Reduce diarrheal diseases from waterborne pathogens:
- Empower families and children with access to safe drinking water at home, school and in healthcare facilities;
- Establish safe practices, including home hygiene, environmental hygiene, personal hygiene, and menstrual hygiene management, for use in homes, schools, and the greater community.
- Improve school attendance. Enhance effectiveness and impact of schools, and support students with staying in school and achieving an education, by providing:
- access to water source
- clean water filters
- gender-specific latrines
- handwashing stations
- healthy hygiene practices, including personal hygiene and menstrual hygiene management
- Strengthen health centers, by providing safe water and sanitation resources.
- Build local capacity.
- Support gender equality.
- Empower people across the rural Limonade communities to experience vastly improved health and renewed hope, opening new doors to their future.
In Partnership with Soaring Unlimited:
“Soaring Unlimited is grateful to partner with Pure Water for the World in Haiti, where collaboration is so greatly needed! Our new PWW WASH Station is a dream come true and will revolutionize life on our Medical Clinic Campus for Soaring Staff who live and work on-site, for our patients who visit for health care services, and for the future of our women’s birth center currently under construction. Such a quality facility lends to the sanitation, health, and dignity of our faith-based nonprofit, and the people and communities we serve in Haiti. Many thanks to everyone involved in designing, building, and helping fund our new WASH station!” ~Rev. Dr. Laura Alexander Elliott, Missionary & Executive Director, Soaring Unlimited Haiti (read more)
- Make a financial investment of 200 Goudes (approx. $4US);
- Participate in safe WASH education training;
- Share in the implementation and follow-up, to ensure successful and sustainable use of the tools and practices.
- Work with Community Agents to support long term efficacy.