Our Projects. It all comes down to clean water.
Two million people live in Port au Prince. It is a city without a sewer system or a municipal water district. Even public water supplies are contaminated. We know. We've tested them. So many Haitians still depend on the rivers to do their laundry, to bathe, to wash their dishes, and to drink. There is a better way.
Project 1. Chlorine kills bacteria.
Common table salt is a universal source of chlorine. With a handful of salt and an ordinary car battery, a chlorine generator like this one can purify 10,000 gallons of water per day.
We teach local leaders to install and maintain them. Then we teach them that carrying clean water in a contaminated vessel defeats the whole purpose.
Project 2. Pumps wear out.
Worldwide, millions of wells are useless because no one there knows how to repair the pumps. It's only a matter of time before something breaks. But they don't have to stay that way.
We have been trained to repair hand pumps in the field, and we train others to do the same. The potential for a micro-business is obvious. Our goal is to transfer knowledge, skills, and tools to those who can use them.
Project 3. Train the trainers.
Self-sufficiency is essential in developing nations. If we build, install, or repair something without sharing our knowledge we have not helped.
Our strategy is to cause an exponential growth in knowledge. That's why we build relationships with community leaders. That's why we start training long before the purifiers arrive.
Good crops don't just happen. Somebody has to prepare the field.