Hygiene, Sanitation, Clean Water
Poor water quality continues to pose a major threat to human health. Twenty-nine percent of Haiti´s total population – 2.3 million people – does not have access to potable, safe water. Even when a public water system is available, many have to travel long distances to collect water which still has to be purified prior to consumption. In addition, potable water is very costly in this area. For the 80% of Haitians who live in abject poverty, the cost of clean drinking water can be a significant challenge.
ICC health workers know that education about the importance of drinking clean water is vital. In rural areas, where public water is not available, International Child Care digs wells to provide potable water for entire communities.
Inadequate sanitation facilities also contribute to the spread of disease in Haiti. Only 34% of Haitians use satisfactory sanitation facilities. The building of latrines, which significantly improves sanitation, helps fight the spread of disease. International Child Care partners with communities, specifically in northern Haiti, to construct latrines for individual families. Local communities are responsible to provide materials such as sand, gravel, and blocks. ICC will then provide the blue prints and supplies such as cement, tin for the roof, and PVC piping. International Child Care pays local laborers to construct the latrines under the supervision of ICC.