In 1993 the United Nations designated March 22nd, World Water Day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and sustainable management of freshwater resources. In the U.S. it’s easy to forget how precious water really is when we have it on demand in public and private settings. In Haiti, only 51% of rural Haitians, like those on the island of La Gonave, have access to an improved water source. Another 21% of rural Haitians still drink from surface water, which is easily contaminated and unfit for human consumption.
Some residents of communities neighboring Gran Sous still drink contaminated surface water. That’s why Roots and APDAG have plans to expand access to potable water in Nan Riske, Nan Kafe, and install a shower facility and filter in Gran Sous.
In addition to those projects, Roots’ current water project in Nan Plim, funded by a matching grant from One Day’s Wages is nearing completion. Once the water tank is filled and purified, 1200 people will have access to clean water.