Haiti boy drinking water
Beneficiaries74,000
2010 — 20133 years
StatusCompleted
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF HAITI?

Project Haiti was implemented to support reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the Léogâne municipality, one of the areas hardest hit by the January 2010 earthquake. The majority of the municipality of Léogâne’s water infrastructures were annihilated. As subsequent events unfolded, questions relating to the communities’ access to water, food security and overall health became a source of growing concern.

OUR KEY STRATEGIES

In Haiti, giving access to safe water for consumption and agricultural production has significantly improved the lives of the people reached. Furthermore, the rehabilitation of irrigation canals revived farming activities such as livestock and plant production. One of the project’s most innovative strategies was the construction of solar energy-powered community water centers which provide access to water related infrastructures such as showers and laundry facilities. These community centers also became a gathering place for the population, which enhanced social cohesion, and the light emanating from the centers enabled students to do their homework at night. Moreover, a multidisciplinary show was written with the words of the populations gathered through workshops and created a space to facilitate the communities’ grieving process. The play toured the region to encourage the reconstruction process and inspire new ways of thinking and relating to water.

HOW DID THIS PROJECT HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?

This performance is very important because it discusses a problem that concerns us all and for which we are all responsible for the solution, starting with the children. The children will change things because they will tell their parents what they need to do.

Woman participating in artistic workshops and activities.

33,000
people

benefitting from an improved access to water

8,000
beneficiaries

reached by 6 solar energy-powered community water centers

74,000
participants

educated about water-related issues through 225 performances

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Children now have access to safe water close to school.
Children now have access to safe water close to school.
Community water centers provide people with access to safe water for consumption and sanitation.
Community water centers provide people with access to safe water for consumption and sanitation.
Wells were rehabilitated to provide access to safe water closer to home for 5,525 beneficiaries.
Wells were rehabilitated to provide access to safe water closer to home for 5,525 beneficiaries.
The creative process was one of active community participation. This allowed participants to share their personal experiences and express themselves on the importance or water by contributing to the content of the show.
The creative process was one of active community participation. This allowed participants to share their personal experiences and express themselves on the importance or water by contributing to the content of the show.
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KEY PARTNERS FOR THE PROJECT

MAJOR FUNDING SOURCES
Oxfam-Québec; RBC Blue Water Project TM

PROJECT COLLABORATOR
Oxfam-Québec

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