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|According to the World Poverty Index, Haiti has some of the worst water in the world, ranking last in water quality. The majority of Haiti's population of over 9 million people lack accessible, affordable, and safe potable water. Clean water is essential for all facets of life, proving the foundation for a country's growth - the health of her people.
While working in Haiti for over 20 years, Hope for Haiti witnessed how vital clean water is to the success of all development efforts. In January of 2007, Hope for Haiti discovered solar powered, ultraviolet (UV) water purification systems that could be installed in rural or urban areas to provide communities with 500 gallons of clean drinking water daily.
After researching the systems, Hope for Haiti officially launched its Clean Water Initiative with the help of our dedicated donors in March of 2007. The first system was successfully installed in July of that year. By the end of 2009, Hope for Haiti installed 12 UV water purification systems in partner program locations, including orphanages, schools, communities, and clinics.
The earthquake unfortunately disabled two systems located in downtown Port-au-Prince, but Hope for Haiti is working hard to bring them back to full capacity. We are completing construction repairs at a school and orphanage in Delmas 48, where one water system will be able to function once again, and are seeking to relocate the second system, since the school where it was located was entirely destroyed.
In the face of the challenges the earthquake brought to clean water efforts all over Haiti, we will continue improving the operations of our current systems throughout 2010. When functioning at capacity, these systems will help provide 6,000 gallons of purified drinking water a day and over 2 million gallons a year to Haitian men, women, and children who would otherwise lack clean water to drink.