Cartier Philanthropy - Making safe water a priority

Making safe water a priority


In Haiti, where 40% percent of the population lacks access to clean water (50% in rural areas) and only one in five has access to a sanitary toilet, we supported to build two large-scale water distribution systems that now provide safe water for 17,600 people. The systems are managed directly by the communities under the supervision of the Haitian Water Authority to ensure quality, ownership and continuity of service.

Focus area
Access to Basic Services

Results achieved

To address daily and long-term water and sanitation needs in Haiti, the programme Making safe water a priority provided 17,600 people in Ennery and Carrefour with access to safe drinking water through the construction of two gravity-fed spring catchment and distribution systems. Thanks to the programme:

  • 10,100 people in Ennery gained access to safe drinking water after the capping of the Pibalo spring and construction of a new water distribution network with connections to 10 water kiosks and 164 households.
  • 7,500 people living in the hills of Corail Thor, south of Carrefour, gained access to a reliable supply of clean drinking water. The Maringouin spring was capped and a gravity-fed spring catchment and distribution system built. Four water kiosks were constructed and opened to the villagers, as well as one community latrine, a laundry platform and a public shower.
  • Water management committees were set up in Ennery and Corail Thor, and then trained by the National Water and Sanitation Authority. Both are now managing day-to-day maintenance and operations, including the collection of user fees, the supervision of kiosk managers, routine repairs and financial reporting.
  • 744 short-term jobs were provided for local residents during the two years of construction work and 20 long-term positions were created.
  • 2,500 community members were trained in health and hygiene through community meetings, public events, door-to-door campaigns, and a community festival that mobilised and educated the local population on the importance of safe practices to reduce the risks of water-borne diseases.

“Between 2000 and 2008 we had no safe water. It took us around an hour and half to reach the nearest source. We had to make the trip twice a day. Water is life for us. It is really good to have the water arriving right in our yard. And we can drink it safely.”

Jean-Baptiste lives with his family in Ennery.

“I come to the water kiosk every day. It takes me one hour. I need the water for drinking and cooking for all my family. It is important to take the water from the kiosk, as it is treated and available all year round. I like how it tastes and I’m not sick any more. Before, I used to be sick often and I think the water was the cause.”

Michelange, 38, 4 children, resident of Corail Thor.