The town of Cavaillon is located in the Aquin district in the South Department. As of May, 2022 their town has received three new wells and had two rehabilitated. These wells service 218 households and 968 people. There are currently two more underway that should be inaugurated in June or July if everything goes according to plan. Cavaillon has a population of 44,276 residents. In response to guidance from the Haiti Outreach animators during their water and sanitation training, a group of community leaders from Cavaillon assembled. They reflected on the changes their community had undergone and discussed how they could apply these changes on a broader scale. In January 2022, they gathered together again to discuss their vision for a healthier Haiti. They recognized that this vision would require great collaboration, and the first step would be to meet with other leaders from the municipality of Cavaillon.
Mr. Dunoit, a facilitator for the municipality of Cavaillon, met with the Mayor Jean Marie Naissant and his director to present their dream of a clean and healthy municipality. They were greatly inspired by the proposal and agreed to work together to make this great dream a reality. To begin the process, they invited various leaders and partners who work in the municipality to a meeting in order to share their vision and collaborate towards this dream.
On March 5, 2022, all the members working in the commune of Cavaillon gathered around this great dream of a “Clean and Healthy Commune of Cavaillon.” The different actors working in the municipality of Cavaillon are: *DINEPA, Rotary Club,theMayor’s office, city delegates, and the police, justice, and other local municipal leaders.
It was awe inspiring and everyone present felt moved to participate in this endeavor. They had a lively discussion and determined that they would do whatever necessary to realize this vision of Cavaillon being a clean and healthy commune. Various participants expressed their pleasure at the meeting. Leger Robert, a member of the Rotary Club declared, “I am happy to accompany the other actors to clean up the town of Cavaillon.”
Alexandre Clodette, of the CASEC* of Cavaillon was overjoyed to share, “Since 2019, I have been taking part in activities with Haiti Outreach. I have accompanied the investigators to visit all the water points in the municipality, but today, I feel that my work continues to bear fruit.”
Together, the leaders devised the following plan: the Cavaillon health officer engages with the other sectors of the municipality in order to work together to clean it up. The goal of a “Clean and Healthy Commune” will be reached when everyone has sustainable access to clean water, a designated latrine, and practices proper sanitation. Simple as this may sound to some from a more developed nation where running water from every faucet is a given, this assembly is a major step for Haiti’s advancement towards becoming a developed nation.