In April 2012 a group of seven volunteers travelled to La Gonave to meet the community members of Gran Sous and see APDAG’s impact. Prior to the trip, friends and family of these volunteers provided donations for a new toilet facility for APDAG’s community center. After the community center was built, APDAG had realized that toilet facilities were essential due to increased traffic to the building for meetings, use of the internet café, and business at the tool shed. APDAG found the lack of sanitary facilities embarrassing, so they created a design and requested Roots’ assistance.
In a little over one month APDAG had three full toilets and a fourth room for a urinal built.
It goes without saying that toilets are an integral part of addressing water and health issues in a country like Haiti. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 10% of rural Haitians had access to improved sanitation in 2005. That was a 9% drop from 1990. Long before Roots of Development came along, APDAG and local community leaders recognized their lack of access to these simple, but life-saving systems. Thanks to the initiative of our volunteers, community members in Gran Sous have greater access to sanitary facilities.
If you would like us help expand access to clean water, protecting Haitians from cholera, please donate today so we can begin construction in Nan Riske, Gran Sous, and Nan Kafe, providing safe and healthy water for all community members.