Project #6628

Combat Haiti's Spreading Cholera Crisis

by International Action
Apr 29, 2013

With solar power, our chlorinators can reach every community in Haiti

1. Solar Panel 2. Underground Pump 3. Chlorinator
1. Solar Panel 2. Underground Pump 3. Chlorinator

Can you believe it? There are now 945,000 Haitians with access to clean water because of the 245 chlorinators that we have installed.

Most of these wonderful people live in urban areas or by mountains, where they have access to a gravity-fed pipe system or electricity to power a pump. For quite some time, we have been searching for a way to bring clean water to rural communities that do not have access to electricity. Two months ago in Haiti, we found a solution: solar pumps! We have investigated using solar pumps before, but they were far too complicated and expensive, with costs ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Each of our new solar pumps only cost $1,250.

We completed our first solar pump and chlorinator installation at a school along the coast in Haiti called St. Laurent. There were 600 students without clean water. It was a very exciting day. After our team finished installing the pump and chlorinator we gathered around to see if it worked. We turned on the pump and heard the faint buzz of the pump below Mississippi...two Mississippi...we waited...until, yes! Water went swiftly through the chlorinator and into the tank. It worked! After our initial celebration we began testing the water to make sure that it was treated. Sure enough, it was. Now, the 600 students at St. Laurent have clean water, and we found a solar pump that will enable us to provide clean water to almost any community in Haiti.

Our most urgent goal is to complete nine new solar pump and chlorinator installations in the Artibonite region, where 150,000 Haitians have neither clean water nor electricity. We will be working with Rain Catchers, a group from North Carolina. They have been installing these solar pumps in Haiti and throughout South America and Africa for several years now. We need $25,000 to pay for the PVC pipes and the nine solar pumps, solar panels, batteries, and inverters that we will need in the Artibonite region. Please donate today to help us bring clean water to these people.
Your continued support has been inspiring. Together we can help the 150,000 Haitians in the Artibonite region.
All the best,The International Action Team


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Organization Information

International Action

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Zach Brehmer
Washington, DC United States