Project #8369

Ensure the sustainability of clean water in Haiti

by International Action
Nov 8, 2013

How Did Safe Water Lead to More Teachers?

School girl drinking clean water
School girl drinking clean water

Ten thousand people call Mont Jolly home. Clean water is available to them seven days a week because they have an International Action chlorinator. There is a small fee to buy water from the community tank, but even people from outside the neighborhood are willing to pay it because they know the water is safe. Since the installation of the chlorinator, water sales have doubled, accordingto community president Billy Osbene. Income from water sales now funds education for the children of Mont Jolly.

Although most people in Haiti live on less than $600 a year, the vast majority of schools are private. Usually, families pay dearly for their children to go to school, or teachers work as volunteers. The central government is trying to increase free public education, but the people of Mont Jolly decided to do it on their own. With funds from water sales, they hired eight school teachers. Children, many from the community’s poorest families, go to school for free in Mont Jolly.

The chlorinator brought clean water to Mont Jolly. Clean water brought public revenue. Public revenue paid teachers’ salaries, and made education attainable at last. And that’s how safe water led to more teachers!


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International Action

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

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