Project #3658

Help Provide Clean Water to Corail Lamothe, Haiti

by Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter

We are in the process of planning our next trip to Corail Lamothe. We hope to install several sand filters within the community, check on the condition of the rain harvesting sytem, and install a solar suitcase in the church which also functions as a school.

Lots of paperwork and planning ahead.

We have also been trying to arrange a site visit with Global Givings representative in Haiti, Jenn Eason.

Some of our local contacts have changed but with recent conversations we are happy to report that the rain harvesting system is working well.

Thank you for your continued support!

Solar Suitcase
Solar Suitcase

Last year we were contacted by a local college professor looking to partner with an organization that
could help find a home for a 12 VDC Solar Power System designed and constructed by her students.

We received our solar suitcase last month and we are so excited to deliver this system to the community of Corail Lamothe. The system is designed to be easy to install and easy to use and immediately operational. The system
will be installed in the church which also serves as the local school.

The solar suitcase provides overhead high-efficiency 12 volt DC lighting and rechargeable devices such as rechargeable batteries and mobile communication devices.

We cannot wait to share this wonderful piece of equipment with the community!

Project team continues to organize team members and secure funds for the purchase and installation of sand filters. We may not be able to travel in May and June due to limited team member travel availabilty.

The water collection system installed on our last implementation trip continues to work well. The community is very happy with the project and we hope to be able to expand on that success.

The community has embraced the rain water harvesting system and makes efforts to keep the system in tip top shape.

We look forward to updating you all with the successes of our next trip.

Thank you all for your continued support.










Project team continues to secure funding for purchasing and installing sand filters at the point of use (within households) in the community. Funding will be used to purchase slow sand filters and send team members to Corail Lamothe to install the filters and provide training.

We have been contacting sand filter suppliers in country to determine costs and logistics for purchasing and delivering 60 filters to the community. We were not able to travel this month as we'd hoped, but we are working to be prepared to travel in May or June of this year.

We have also teamed up with a class at a local college to provide a solar suitcase built by students as part of the classwork. The solar suitcase will provide limited solar power for the local school. One of the engineering and technology students will likely travel abroad to help and install and actually see their solar suitcases in action in the field. What a powerful way for our future engineers to see how technology truly can better the world!

We look forward to sending team members in May/June of 2103 to install filters and the solar suitcase.

Thank you all for following our progress and your continued support!

Sand Filter
Sand Filter

Project team is working on closing out the paperwork for our recent implementation trip. We installed a rain harvesting system consisting of gutters and two tanks. We have spoken with the community and the system seems to be working without issue and they seem to be pleased.

We are also working on grants and other sources of funding to secure money for the next phase, installing sand filters at the point of use (within households). Funding will be used to purchase slow sand filters and send team members to Corail Lamothe to install the filters and provide training. We hope to install on the order of 60 filters and have been working with Hands Helping Haiti (filter vendor in Jacmel).  The filters will cost approximately $80 per filter including transportation.

Many of the health concerns in the community are related to poor drinking water quality. The sand filters remove pathogens and suspended solids from collected water to improve the quality of the water. The improved water quality should help to improve the overall health of the community.

We hope to send team members in January/February of 2013 and again in May/June of 2103 to install filters (30 filters each trip). Once the filters have been installed we plant to follow up with two monitoring trips; one in December 2013 and another in December 2014. Health Assessments will be completed on each trip to track the effectiveness of the sand filters.

Thank you all for following our progress and your continued support!

Rain Harvesting Gutter
Rain Harvesting Gutter

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Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter

Location: Boulder, Colorado - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter
Project Leader:
Kevin Friedman
Valrico, Florida United States

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