Project 509 Fundraiser Success

We want to thank everyone who attended our fundraising event on October 22nd to make it such a successful evening!

Through the generosity of individual donations, as well as raffle ticket and auction item sales, Project 509 raised enough money to repair the roof on a school in Pays Pouri where a rain catchment system was planned for installation soon, and build another entirely new system in a soon-to-be-determined location within the mountain villages we work in Haiti.

If you were unable to attend, but would like to further our efforts, please use the button below to make a donation.

Project 509 x Freewaters x Water Warriors Fundraiser

Water Warriors Event

Project and Freewaters Footwear is proud to host the Water Warriors/Clean Water for Haiti Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22, 5:30 - 9PM in Encinitas, CA.

Please join us for an evening of live music, craft beer and wine, light bites and a silent auction in which 100 percent of funds raised will go toward badly needed clean water projects in remote communities in Haiti..

The event, which is free to attend, will be held at a private residence at 845 Nardo Rd., Encinitas, Calif. Please RSVP at

The importance of clean water in Haiti will be highlighted by the world premiere of a short film by internationally-renowned director Perrin James. The film follows Project 509,, Freewaters Footwear, VIC World Championship of Skimboarding '16 Austin Keen and James on their World Water Day excursion to Haiti earlier this year. A Q&A will immediately follow the screening.

Guests will get the opportunity to bid on silent auction items from, Austin Keen, Perrin JamesIron Cross Surfboards, Chris Ruddy SurfboardsEveryday California, Arcade, Young Living, Girl on the Go! Night Spa, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Greenpacha, Europtics and more!

Additional partners include SUJAPerfect BarVita CocoKatie's Healing Kitchen and more!

Project 509 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides access to clean drinking water in remote mountain communities in Haiti through building effective and sustainable rain catchment systems. The communities, mainly children, walk up to 4 hours round trip each day just to carry drinking water home from sources that are almost always contaminated. For additional information, please go here

Currently, our team is on the ground in Haiti repairing some of our systems that have been been severally damaged from Hurricane Matthew.

We would love to have you join us for the evening! Please feel free to forward this along to any family and friends that might be interested.

Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Initial reports out Pays Pourri and Marozo, the mountain communities in Haiti where we work, are not good. Fortunately, there have been no deaths in that specific area (that we know of) attributed to Hurricane Matthew, but damage is extensive.

This is the church in Robia, where our team was in the process of finishing a large cistern when the hurricane hit. Obviously, the roof has been (mostly) torn off - which makes attaching the rain catchment system rather difficult ... and by difficult, I mean pointless.

Jesse is heading into the community on Wednesday to conduct an assessment (access is extremely difficult). Please send thoughts, love, and/or prayers ... people here need it!

Always Humbled

The more I watch the work these guys do, the more amazed we are! This is the second phase of building a rain catchment system in Robia, PaysPourri, Haiti.

We've now built 8 cistern / rainwater catchment systems serving over 1,000 people in remote areas with no access to clean drinking water.

Politics, Rainstorms, and Perseverence

You likely haven’t heard, but Haiti is currently without a functioning government ... that is to say, there has been no actual President since February 7.  While the international press seems to be ignoring this, in Haiti, this presents a number of obstacles – from minor to major.  While this has not had too much of a directly negative impact on Project 509, it has at times hampered our ability to acquire resources, coordinate logistics, and actually get stuff done.  Obviously, this has not been good.  What has been good, however, is that Haiti has had a solid rainy season over the past few months – something they almost entirely missed last year.  Nevertheless, the rainy season has also made it difficult for us to get into the areas where we work.  Still, we have persevered, and I am happy to report that in the last month we have completed two full cisterns with rain catchment systems, and are almost finished with a third ... this has been no easy task given the site locations, and the conditions we’ve had to deal with, which is a real testament to the crew we work with on the ground!  Updates and more photos will be coming soon ...

Schlegel Villages Supports Project 509!

Many thanks to Schlegel Villages for their support of Project 509!  We are extremely fortunate to have met Barb Sutcliffe and the team of volunteers she coordinated from Schlegel Villages to work on their continued projects in Haiti's central plateau.  You can read about some of their work HERE, and follow their project on Facebook HERE.  The fact that they approached us about sponsoring our project - unsolicited - was a truly humbling experience, which says a lot about the genuine nature of who the people who came down, the approach they have taken, and the company that they work for! 

It's World Water Day!

On World Water Day, we recognize how clean water can change lives, jobs, and entire societies. Not everyone has access to clean water, but we're working to change that.

Our #WaterWarriors - @jd_phd @freewaters_footwear @Zappos_LEAF @austinkeen47 and @perrinjames1 - have arrived in Haiti and are hard at work helping to build and repair rain catchment systems in the mountain communities of Pays Pourri and Marozeau! 

Want to be a Water Warrior? Join us next year for a #cleanwaterheals journey in Haiti!

Here's your chance to win a trip to work alongside our team in Haiti, generously made possible by Freewaters Footwear:

  1. Follow @freewaters_footwear and @project509haiti.
  2. Show us how water heals you and post a photo with #cleanwaterheals.
  3. Make a small donation of $5.09 (or more) to Project 509 by visiting our DONATE page.
  4. All entries must be received by midnight PT on Friday, March 25. Winner with most creative photo will be notified by noon PT, March 26.

Good Luck!

Fine Print: We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered. Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.


1 Day Until World Water Day!

We’re counting down to World Water Day on March 22 with a look at Project 509 by the numbers!

We’re proud to have been partnering with Freewaters Footwear since 2014, and are excited about our journey in Haiti this month, where we’ll be joined by powerhouse do-goers @freewaters_footwear, @ZapposLEAF , @austinkeen47 and @perrinjames1 to continue our quest for clean water!

Be sure to follow us for a big announcement tomorrow on World Water Day!

January '16 - "Catching Rain"

We are excited to announce our return to Haiti this Jan '16 for four months!  Our plans for this trip will be the deepest involvement we've had to date, as well as the most comprehensive. The importance of this trip cannot be overstated. 

Because of our previous work, not only do we have more complete and nuanced understanding of the problems mountain communities in Haiti face, but we have also been able to establish trust within the communities where we work.  If we delay too long, however, that trust begins to erode.   

The time is right for our return ... we have the momentum, opportunity, know-how, and commitment needed to make a lasting impact.

We appreciate your interest, and we thank you for your support!

Please make a donation HERE