HANWASH (Haiti National Clean Water Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy) is a valuable partner to Haiti Outreach. We are aligned on the vision that everyone would have sustainable access to clean water. Thanks to support generated by HANWASH, a global grant from Rotary International has been submitted to further develop rural water systems and proper understanding of healthy hygienic practices in Cavaillon, Haiti.
This global grant will be used to help us further advance our Commune Action Plan in Cavaillon. Specifically, this funding will be allocated towards the engagement of 9 rural villages to improve their knowledge of proper hygienic practices. One target outcome for this grant is that at least 85% of the commune will understand and practice proper sanitation. Once this target is achieved, our team will work towards increasing clean water supply in the area. We will employ our standard plan of engaging communities in a 3-4-month management training to equip them to take responsibility for the well after it has been drilled and inaugurated.
In addition to procuring water systems for these 9 communities, this grant will also allow us to gather more data to better understand the regional aquifers. This information is vital towards not only ensuring that the water is safe for consumption, but also aids us in better forecasting future capacity for accessing water. This analysis will give us valuable information regarding: the origins of water, locations that are crucial to protect and enhance, and for planning models.
All of these initiatives are not only valued by HANWASH, Haiti Outreach, and the communities engaged but are also aligned with the Haitian Ministry of Environment’s priorities as well. We are very excited about the forward movement that this grant will permit us to accomplish.