This project provided hygiene, clean water filters, water testing, monitoring and support. to 69 homes on Ile Lambi off the coast of Haiti.

Narrative

On Lambi Island there is no potable water source, and the nearest one is 4 hours away (3 hours by boat and then 1 hour on foot). Management Sciences for Health (MSH) conducted an initial needs and assets assessment that discovered that the people living on the island needed safe drinking water. As a result of the assessment, a new rainwater catchment system and storage tank was built and now provides up to 400 gallons of water for the island’s population. This water, which is untreated, presents a significant and immediate health risk which the proposed ceramic filters will eliminate. The intervention also includes hygiene and basic sanitation components, which will empower the people of Lambi Island through education and training in essential preventive public health measures such as hand-washing. Pure Water for the World (PWW) maintains an evidence-based and theory driven approach to most efficiently serve community water needs. The model has worked extremely well in Haiti, serving over 110,000 individuals in schools, clinics and homes, in less than 12 months of operation. Following on the success of MSH’s soundly executed and well-received water project in the Corail region in early June of this year, PWW has the support and cooperation of key local stakeholders that will ensure our common goals are met.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 9 May, 2010 Implementation Phase
    Carolyn Meub ( Pure Water for the World ) 9 Days after start 8 May, 2010

    Monitoring and follow up-

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    The final days consisted of monitoring the start up of the project and following up on the filters and education. The families and children are very excited to have these filters, the hygiene education and clean water

    Carolyn Meub ( Pure Water for the World ) 7 Days after start 6 May, 2010

    Filter installation-

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    Filter installation for 69 homes on this Isle began around May 5th. Upon the arrival of staff here, there were more families and homes than had originally been noted during our initial assessment. We felt the strong need to serve all of the families.
    All 69 homes were served because 18 families agreed to share 9 filters. The paired homes are side by side and the families were happy to share. All 69 homes received their own storage buckets.
    So 60 filters installed. Fifty one to single homes. Nine to homes to be shared by two families per filter

    The installation went smoothly, and more homes were reached than had previously been indicated. These children and their families now have access to clean, safe drinking water as well as proper hygiene practices.

    Carolyn Meub ( Pure Water for the World ) 4 Days after start 3 May, 2010

    Training of Community Stewards

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    The training of 3 community stewards and technicians commenced shortly after arrival. Those in the community who were community leaders were chosen for this volunteer role. They were trained in maintenance of the filters, and also proper hygiene and sanitation practices. They will then repair the filters when needed, ensure that the filters are being maintained, and encourage others to follow proper hygiene.

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    Carolyn Meub ( Pure Water for the World ) 2 Days after start 1 May, 2010

    Delivery of filters and other materials-

    Status: In-progress

    Operating Status:

    There was a delay in the start of this project as the transportation of filters and materials to Lambi was difficult to arrange. A boat is needed to get to this island, and arrangements fell though a few times and the boat that was arranged to transport materials was in need of repairs.

    The January earthquake also caused a delay as our project staff was greatly affected. Immediately following the earthquake they helped others at clinics, installed water filters, and shortly after started delivering water to 80,000 people a day in Port au Prince and Cite Soleil.

    Many seacraft were destroyed during the quake, making it very difficult to secure a boat and to do so at a resonable cost. Once a boat was secured, the journey to Lambi began with a 3 day boat trip to transport the filters to Jeremie, Haiti. The filters were then transported 8 hours to Corail, and then on to Ile Lambie which is a 4 hour boat ride from Corail. There is no ground transportation available in either location so the filters were loaded onto wagons and wheelbarrows and transported by foot.

    Once the filters were delivered preperations were made to start installation and the training of community stewards.

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  • Implementation Phase Project started on 29 Apr, 2010 Preparation Phase

This project provided hygiene, clean water filters, water testing, monitoring and support. to 69 homes on Ile Lambi off the coast of Haiti.

Narrative

On Lambi Island there is no potable water source, and the nearest one is 4 hours away (3 hours by boat and then 1 hour on foot). Management Sciences for Health (MSH) conducted an initial needs and assets assessment that discovered that the people living on the island needed safe drinking water. As a result of the assessment, a new rainwater catchment system and storage tank was built and now provides up to 400 gallons of water for the island’s population. This water, which is untreated, presents a significant and immediate health risk which the proposed ceramic filters will eliminate. The intervention also includes hygiene and basic sanitation components, which will empower the people of Lambi Island through education and training in essential preventive public health measures such as hand-washing. Pure Water for the World (PWW) maintains an evidence-based and theory driven approach to most efficiently serve community water needs. The model has worked extremely well in Haiti, serving over 110,000 individuals in schools, clinics and homes, in less than 12 months of operation. Following on the success of MSH’s soundly executed and well-received water project in the Corail region in early June of this year, PWW has the support and cooperation of key local stakeholders that will ensure our common goals are met.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

By teaching proper hygiene and sanitation practices, this ensures that the health of these people is bettered for years to come, thus making a sustainable project. We also included filter monitoring and random water testing to ensure that the filters are being used properly. 3 community leaders were trained on filter maintenance and proper hygiene practices. They will be able to maintain the filters and ensure that proper hygiene and sanitation practices are being followed.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

There were issues with transportation of materials to Isle Lambi. Our staff had made arrangements for a boat to transport everything, however the boat was in need of repairs and it was awhile before they were able to locate another boat in the area that would be able to take the filters and other materials.

The challenges of the project included the post earthquake disruption of virtually all services in Haiti. This project was scheduled to be done in February2010 but was delayed due to the overwhelming difficulties after the quake and the complete absorption of all PWW resources for emergency relief in Port au Prince. Many seacraft were destroyed during the quake making it very difficult to secure services of a boat to make the trip and to do so at a reasonable cost. The cost of all services in Port au Prince soared in the months after the quake as demand greatly outweighed supply.

Further challenges included the extreme remoteness and difficulty getting Ile Lambie. The journey involved a three day boat trip to transport the filters to Jeremie, Haiti. Then the filters were transported to 8 hrs to Corail and then to the Island of Lambi which is a 4 hour boat ride from Corail. There is no ground transportation available in either location so the filters were loaded onto wagons and wheelbarrows at the beach and transported by foot. The terrain was rough, steep and the filters each weigh 300 lbs without the sand thus making it more difficult.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Upon the arrival of staff here,they discovered that there were more families and homes than had originally been noted during our initial assessment. We felt the strong need to serve all of the families.
All 69 homes were served because 18 families agreed to share 9 filters. The paired homes are side by side and the families were happy to share. All 69 homes received their own storage buckets.
So 60 filters installed. Fifty one to single homes. Nine to homes to be shared by two families per filter

Impact

People Impacted: 407

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 407

This project benefited 407 family members in 69 homes on Lambi Island.

People Getting Other Benefits: 3

Hygiene education was provided in the homes. We also trained and certified 3 community leaders as stewards and technicians in maintaining the filters, and proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $435

Creating and measuring long-term impact

By teaching proper hygiene and sanitation practices, this ensures that the health of these people is bettered for years to come, thus making a sustainable project. We also included filter monitoring and random water testing to ensure that the filters are being used properly. 3 community leaders were trained on filter maintenance and proper hygiene practices. They will be able to maintain the filters and ensure that proper hygiene and sanitation practices are being followed.

Funding

Funded:
$5,105
Community:
$500
Final Cost:
$5,605
$5,105:
Blue Planet Network

Plan/Proposal