Solar-Powered Water Desalination and Distribution Center

Turning brackish water into clean water

In “The Forgotten Haiti” island of La Gonâve, residents are often forced to gather water from garbage-filled rivers. But what if the island were able to draw on the Caribbean sun and the salty sea water to create clean, safe, and accessible water instead?

We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with World Hope and WISH to bring a reliable clean water source to tens of thousands of people.

Kyle Stephan

VP of Operations, GivePower

Haiti currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere and the leading cause of infant mortality and illness in the children of Haiti is contaminated water. In fact, Haiti also has one of the highest incidence rates of cholera—a waterborne disease—in the world. Almost 10,000 people have died from the disease since 2010 and more than 27,000 suspected cases have been reported so far this year, an estimated 1 in 3 of them children.

World Hope is partnering with GivePower and West Indies Self Help (WISH), to develop an installation in La Gonâve which would support the community in Anse-à-Galets. The project will include a 20,000 gallon per day solar-powered desalination system that would support both tap water and bottled water.

Haiti currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere and the leading cause of infant mortality and illness in the children of Haiti is contaminated water. In fact, Haiti also has one of the highest incidence rates of cholera—a waterborne disease—in the world. Almost 10,000 people have died from the disease since 2010 and more than 27,000 suspected cases have been reported so far this year, an estimated 1 in 3 of them children.

World Hope is partnering with GivePower and West Indies Self Help (WISH), to develop an installation in La Gonâve which would support the community in Anse-à-Galets. The project will include a 20,000 gallon per day solar-powered desalination system that would support both tap water and bottled water.

GivePower will work with WISH to maintain the equipment and sell the water to the community at a rate that is typically equal to or lower than the current market rate. The sale of the water allows the installation to be entirely self-sufficient, covering the ongoing maintenance of the equipment and salaries of the local technicians and staff. It also presents other locals with opportunities for entrepreneurship by creating micro distribution companies that can purchase and deliver the water to people’s homes.

In addition to providing safe water to the community through improved faucets, the project will likely consist of a bottling operation that will sanitize, bottle, and seal reusable 5 gallon jugs—with no single-use plastics. The local community will be the primary benefactor of the water supply, while local businesses such as the nearby hospital and clinic will consume the additional capacity.

Creating this self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, solar-powered water desalination and distribution center requires an initial monetary investment to cover upfront costs.

World Hope is splitting the implementation costs  with GivePower for launching this market-driven, community-led solution and raising the $285,000 needed for our share of this transformational project.

Give via cheque:
World Hope International (Canada)
ATTN: Gift Processing
210 Prescott Street, PO Box 982
Kemptville, ON   K0G 1J0

Give via phone: 877-482-1499

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Spending of World Hope International (Canada) funds is confined to Board approved projects. Funds designated towards a project are used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for that project has been met or cannot be completed for reasons determined by the Board, the remaining funds designated will be used where needed most.

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