Vassar Haiti Project’s Water Initiative began in 2010 after VHP’s March trip to Chermaitre. After learning of the long distances traveled to obtain water, VHP worked to install a faucet in the village schoolyard where water could be accessed more easily.
Local engineers were hired to install a gravity-driven water access system with 3 cisterns and a main faucet located at the school. The system was installed to bring water from the spring around 20 minutes up the mountain from the school yard. After the installation, people in Chermaitre have been free to draw water from the school faucet at any time. However, some families still travel over an hour to reach water, and we hope to eventually ensure each family has a water source within a 30-minute radius from their home by expanding the cistern system.
Current Projects & Goals
Water Purification System Completion
Our long term goal is to complete the water purification system, complete with a plan of sustainable maintenance, within the next two years. We also hope to provide families that live considerably farther from the water purification system with portable water purifiers.