WHAT WE DO
We build and repair rain catchment systems in remote communities throughout Haiti's mountains, where people have been mostly ignored by traditional aid and development programs. There are no roads, electricity, or running water in the area. Children hike 3-5 hours round trip every day to collect drinking water from streams that are also used to wash clothes, water animals, and bathe. People in the area rarely use hand soap or toilet paper, streams are almost always contaminated, and water borne disease runs rampant. The rain catchment systems we build are the best available way to increase access to clean drinking water; they also reduce the amount children have to walk to collect water - which opens more time for them to go to school. We also offer educational programs about basic sanitation and hygiene (WASH), water access & efficiency, and agricultural opportunities. See our ABOUT PAGE for a list of past accomplishments, and a more detailed description of what we do and believe.
RAIN CATCHMENT SYSTEMS
Each rain catchment system holds approximately 5000 gallons of harvested rain water. They are built by one of three locals who have gone through training under a recently terminated UN program. Locals provide the hard labor, to dig the hole (the most difficult part) although the local engineer is paid a nominal wage. Project 509 pays for the materials, skilled labor, and transportation. Locals decide on where each system will be located. Each system costs approximately $1,500 to build, monitor, and maintain.
Robia is one of the largest communities in the area, and is a central meeting place for most people who live nearby. The community center / church serves over 300 people, and is an important point of access for clean drinking water. During Hurricane Matthew (Oct '16), the roof was blown off just after we completed the cistern. Fortunately, we were able to rebuild the roof, and install the rain catchment system before the spring rains arrived ••• See more photos of Robia on our facebook page
Tifon is one of the communities with the most difficult access to clean water. This new system, completed in September, will provide clean water access to over 25 families ••• See more photos of Tifon on our facebook page
Completed in July of 2016, at the school in Baddy; over 400 students will have regular access to clean water ••• See more photos of Bady see our facebook page
Completed in June of 2016, water will be provided to over 30 families ••• See more photos of Najan on our facebook page
Completed in June of 2016, water will be provided to over 22 Families ••• See more photos of Magwayav on our facebook page
Repaired system at a school; completed in March of 2016, water will be provided to over 300 students, as well as over 15 local families ••• See more photos of Chapelle on our facebook page
Repaired system at a church; completed in May of 2015, water is provided to people throughout the extended community, as well as over 20 immediately local families ••• The video at the top of this page ^^^ was filmed while repairing the system in Pensik