WELCOME TO PROJECT 509
We build complete rainwater harvesting systems, and repair/retrofit existing ones, in remote mountain communities in Haiti. The communities where we work have no running water, electricity, or road access. 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; these streams are almost always contaminated, and water borne disease is too common.
The rainwater harvesting systems we build are the best available way to increase access to clean drinking water in an area experiencing rapid desertification. They also greatly reduce the amount children have to walk to collect drinking water - which opens more time for them attend school. Recently, a few of the systems we have built have begun supplying water for micro-irrigation practices, which have shown great promise in stabilizing local agriculture.
We also offer, and coordinate, educational programs about basic sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and have begun working with local leaders and organizations to identify and implement strategies to improve water access for agricultural needs.
All of the work we do is community driven, materials are purchased locally, and each system we build creates 5-7 jobs in the immediate area.
In 2016/17, we built 8 complete systems, repaired/retrofitted 5 more, and rebuilt 2 collapsed buildings and 2 roofs that were blown off during Hurricane Matthew (Oct '16).
Please see our ABOUT PAGE for a more detailed description of our history, past accomplishments, and ethos.
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.
Gran Rak School & Community Center
Complete System: Dec '17 (scheduled completion)
Davi School & Church
Complete system: July '17
Complete system: May '17
Santo Church & Community Center
Complete system: Dec '17 (scheduled completion)
Retrofitted system: June '17
Pensik School & Community Center
Retrofitted system: February '17
Ti Fond Lakou
Complete system: February '17
Robia Church & Community Center
Complete System: January '17
Completed system: August '16
Complete system: June '16
Mare Goyave Lakou
Complete system: April '16
Retrofitted system: April '16