Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Funding required: $293,000

This project will help: 4,311 children and their families

Estimated completion date: November 2019


The goal of this phase of the 2030 WaSH Strategy is to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases in 4,311 children and their families in the South region (17,244 parents and siblings) for a total of 21,555 direct and indirect beneficiaries. By providing clean water, improved sanitation facilities and training to 12 Frontline Church Partners and WaSH training to an additional 3 church partners, before the end of FY19, children and parents in the community will improve their health conditions and become fully aware of the importance of good health practices and care of the environment.

This project has the following objectives:

  • To enhance access to improved water sources in 12 church partners in the South region
  • To improve level of sanitation in 12 church partners
  • To provide training to all 15 frontline church partners to ensure learning and behavioural change among individuals, households, and communities
  • To ensure the sustainability of the physical infrastructure in 12 frontline church partners

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Child development centres impacted: HA0128, HA0303, HA0307, HA0357, HA0420, HA0629, HA0761, HA0762, HA0797, HA0798, HA0841, and HA0883.

The problem

Many stakeholders have invested heavily in the reduction of WASH challenges. Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like UNICEF and Oxfam have been involved in meeting the WaSH needs in poor communities in Haiti.

DINEPA, the State Agency whose mission is to enforce state policy in the capacity of safe water and sanitation, is actively working toward providing WASH infrastructure and education in at-risk communities. Several communities have already benefited from DINEPA and the work of these NGOs, including the rehabilitation and construction of water reservoirs, the construction of Safe Water Supply stations, rehabilitation of water catchment systems, construction of new tanks, and kiosk replacement.

Despite progress that has been made in WaSH, there are still large segments of Haiti’s population who have not been able to access these resources. Because the bulk of Compassions ministry to the church is in the poorest communities, extremely poor WaSH infrastructure and behaviours are prevalent in almost every church community we serve. As a result, the majority of Compassion beneficiaries throughout the country suffer from regular instances of waterborne diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and various skin conditions.

Significant efforts have been made during the last five years to supply water to Compassion beneficiaries by drilling open wells for some of the neediest families and providing individual water filters, however there remains an alarming disparity in many communities. The problem is not always water scarcity, but also water quality. Well water is heavily contaminated by environmental waste, including human and animal excrement, constituting major health problems. Many children die each year, and those who survive suffer from disease and illness.

What is provided through this gift

Water and Sanitation Resource Assessments

The Water and Sanitation Resources Assessment shall determine the best project design and most appropriate technological options to be adopted during the implementation. Because this step is critical to the success of the project, we will hire an external consultant to perform a water and sanitation resource assessment and provide recommendations on the best feasible options for water supplies and sanitation infrastructure.

Construction of Water Supply Systems

We plan to install a water supply system, depending on the needs of each church partner: wells or spring capture systems. Either way, the goal is to establish a supply of clean, safe water that will not require treatment before use. Boreholes will be drilled where necessary, and we will install rainwater harvesting systems in the homes of beneficiaries who live a significant distance from the water supply.

Construction of Sanitation

A sanitary block of 10-12 seats will be installed at each of the local church partners, which will also include hand-washing stations.


To help church partners see a change in beneficiaries’ knowledge, attitude, practice and behaviour, Compassion will recruit Health Promoters in each church partner and train them in appropriate WaSH behaviours using participatory methods. They will in turn replicate this training for leaders of church partners and clubs through focus groups (children and mothers or caregivers). Additionally, they will visit households to assess the level of adoption of new hygiene practices. With these trainings, the church partner staff and people in the community will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve. We will hold quarterly assessment sessions with church partners and the community (focus groups) in order to determine how well the changes in behaviour are being adopted. The project should include behaviour modification incentives such as reminders, posters, flyers, awards and celebrations.

Operation and Maintenance

Water supply system: To ensure sustainability of the physical infrastructure, we shall form a committee in each area including representatives of community stakeholders, Compassion centre representatives and church representative to ensure the good management of the system. We will also recruit young people in the communities to take part in all phases of the construction of the water system. We shall train these young people to ensure the continuing maintenance of these systems and give them the necessary tools and equipment. We shall provide a stock of parts and supplies and we will ensure that the committee provides the replacement after each use. We want to ensure that DINEPA (The National Water Management Authority) is one of the stakeholders represented in the committee. The committee shall also put in place a way to collect money from the population in order to pay salaries, buy replacement parts and do repairs on the system. The church partner leaders will be responsible to ensure the good governance of the committee. Participation in the committee is on a voluntary basis for a renewable five-year term.

Sanitation facilities: To ensure the sustainability, the maintenance and cleanliness of the sanitary blocks, each church partner will have a sanitation committee formed with a representative of the school, the Compassion centre and the church. They will receive appropriate training on the maintenance of these latrines and apply maintenance and usage procedures – ensuring that supplies are always available. We will also train the 10 appointed adults in each church partner on the means of simple cleaning and repair of the system.

Waste Management

During the field visit in the South to prepare for the needs assessment, we observed that the church partners have severe problems with waste management. Therefore, we will provide the materials and motivation to dispose of waste in ways that protect health and avoid pollution. We will provide trash cans to each church partner and ensure that children are trained on how to use them. Composting experiments could be organized to manage biodegradable waste in some church partners.


Local contribution: $100,000


The church partners have formed strong committees with guidelines and clear protocols for the operation of WASH Management (monitoring, maintenances and Follow up on the WASH Components). Compassion Staff and these local committees will visit the sites during the implementation of the project, recording an evaluating the work. Two WaSH specialist will also be hired, one responsible for the supervision of the project and one for the training of the church staff and beneficiaries.

Handling of funds

The centre leadership and staff will be responsible to watch out for the good governance of the committee. Local centre partners, with support from Compassion Partner Facilitators, will distribute funds.


A plan will be created for each centre on how to maintain and sustain their WaSH infrastructure and programming. The main goal of this plan is to ensure that each centre has a detailed, step-by-step WaSH infrastructure and programming sustainability plan, with clearly defined personnel roles. This plan is to help provide long-term success of the project.

Building on our success to prevent disease and promote health in Haiti – South region.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.