The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about the Water Initiative.

Haiti Drought Causes Extreme Emergency

huffingtonpost.com - AP - by Evens Sanon and Trenton Daniel - March 18, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A drought is causing an extreme emergency in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock, an official said Tuesday.

Pierre Gary Mathieu of the government's National Coordination of Food Security told The Associated Press that the eight-month-long drought in the region has caused the loss of two harvest seasons. It will take the area six months to recover.

bob(R) featured in Global Waters

September 2013

Have you seen the newest Global Waters publication yet? It is a quarterly digital magazine that is sent out to every USAID Mission in the world as well as hundreds of organizations and individuals who are active in the water sector in international development.
A short article about bob®, the project in Uganda and a photo of Alice, a very happy customer, was featured in the Currents section.


Haïti Perspectives - Thematic Review of the GRAHN - Integrated Water Management

submitted by Rebuild Haiti Better

Thematic notebook, Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2014

Integrated Water Management
Call for papers
Guest Coeditors

Evens Emmanuel, Ph.D., Haïti
Michelet Joseph, Canada

Editorial Committee

Nicolas Adrien, USA
Jean Ambassa-Mve, Ph.D., Canada
Renel Bruno, Haïti
Patrick Carrière, Ph.D., USA
Jacqueline Day, Canada
Musandji Fuamba, Ph.D., Canada
Osnick Joseph, Ph.D., Haïti
Edmond Magny, Haïti
Yves Perrodin, Ph.D., France
John-Hervé Raymond, USA
Francis Rosillon, Ph.D., Belgique

Haiti: A water crisis in the pipeless nation

Medium for Haiti — By Ilio Durandis

In the industrialized world, access to clean and drinkable water is something many take for granted.

Haiti is in the midst of a reconstruction, which originated from the January 12, 2010 earthquake that took more than 250,000 lives and destroyed most of the physical infrastructures of Port-Au-Prince and surrounding cities.

Photos - WaterBrick International, Inc. - WaterBricks Utilized in Haiti


submitted by Wendell Adams - WaterBrick International, Inc. - http://www.waterbrick.org/

A Worsening Haitian Tragedy

nytimes.com - March 17, 2013

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said last Tuesday that the cholera crisis in Haiti was getting worse, for the most unnecessary and appalling of reasons: a lack of money and basic medical supplies.

. . . International efforts to defeat the epidemic include a 10-year, $2.2 billion plan for major investments in clean water, sanitation and medical infrastructure. But that is a project for the future, one that isn’t even funded yet. Doctors Without Borders says people are dying now, needlessly, because attention and money are running out.

Turning Rural Indians Into Water Entrepreneurs

Image: Water filtration system.

fastcoexist.com - November 1st, 2012 - Whintey Pastorek

In Sanskrit, jal is the root for “water,” and sarva is the root for “everyone.” Put them together, and you’ve got exactly what Sarvajal delivers: Water for all. Originally launched as a nonprofit experiment in 2007, the company has grown into a thriving hub-and-spoke model of over 150 Sarvajal franchisees operating small reverse-osmosis filtration plants and revolutionary Water ATMs in India’s northwestern states, and its potent combination of entrepreneurship, common sense, and tech savvy has made a significant change in the quality of life for thousands of rural Indian villagers. “In 60 years of existence, India has always had getting clean water to people as the last mile at the top of its list of things to do,” says Sarvajal CEO Anand Shah. “We figured that if you put a lot of smart people on this idea, maybe you could come up with a solution.”


bob - Rain Water Bag


 bob™ offers 350 gallons or 1400 liters of water storage
 $75 + S&H per unit provides a dramatic cost savings per liter of water stored over existing water storage products
 Packs small and is easy to transport
 Has a convenient locking water tap
 Provides water right at a household’s doorstep

Divining a Solution

Bobbi Dunphy

by Katherine Tulich
September 20, 2012

Providing clean water to earthquake-ravaged Haiti is no simple task, but Bobbi Dunphy is spearheading a vital ‘profit for purpose’ initiative that will not only provide advanced water purification technologies but will also help Haitians get back on their feet.


In Rural Haiti, Looking for a Way to Make Clean Water Sustainable

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP - Outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a woman arrives at Wharf Jeremie in August to fill her two containers with water that she will use to wash her dishes.

The Washington Post - by David Brown - October 9, 2012

CAVAILLON, Haiti — Marc Antoine Castel spends five hours a day, and often weekends and holidays, at the office of the town water system, which he runs. He does it for love, although he hopes one day to do it for money, too.

Newsletter - WASH Advocates - September 2012

submitted by Ben Fredrick

washadvocates.org - September 2012

WASH Advocates is a nonprofit advocacy initiative in Washington DC entirely dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Our mission is to increase awareness of the global WASH challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world.



submitted by Albert Gomez


Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) - Resilient Communities - Women and Water – From Watersheds to Grey-Water Systems

November 2 - 4, 2012

November 2, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Corte Madera Town Center Community Room in Corte Madera in the three story office building at the southern end of the Town Center shopping mall.
770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201 Corte Madera, CA 94925

November 3, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Meet at 10:00am Corte Madera Town Center Community Room, then journey to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.
Day ends at 5:30pm. Pack a lunch, snacks and water.

Slow-Motion Catastrophe: Homes, Crops Lost as Haitian, Dominican Lakes Mysteriously Expand

Water research thrives as discrepancy between supply and demand for water grows

submitted by Samuel Bendett

www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com - August 28, 2012

Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program

submitted by Stuart Leiderman


Water Charity is pleased to announce our largest and most comprehensive endeavor since we began operation in 2008. The project will result in the construction of three or four ferro-cement tanks for the storage of water at needed locations in the Dominican Republic, followed by at least eight such tanks in Haiti.

OCHA Haiti - Humanitarian Bulletin (July 2012)

Cholera Response

There is great concern about a possible upsurge in cholera due to contamination of water sources during heavy rains in enclaved areas. MSPP expects an upsurge in new cholera cases with the onset of the second half of the rainy and cyclone seasons, which run from September to November.

Interview with Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti

Nigel Fisher, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

UN News Centre - May 3, 2012

While the overall humanitarian situation has improved, funding for relief work has fallen, leading to some concerns about the ability of the humanitarian community to fully provide frontline services for those in need.

US Pledge to Rebuild Haiti Not Being Met

Associated Press - by Martha Mendoza - boston.com - July 23, 2012


. . . "Until now, comprehensive details about who is receiving U.S. funds and how they are spending them have not been released. Contracts, budgets and a 300-item spreadsheet obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request show" . . . (followed by a list of specific details) . . .

Important Work of Access to Drinking Water in the Artibonite

haitilibre.com - July 15, 2012

To facilitate access to safe drinking water to a larger number of the population, particularly in rural areas, the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA) performs important work in the department of Artibonite : installation of 3 Water Treatment Stations (WTS) type "hydro pur", he rehabilitation of 30 WTS and the establishment of 33 Water Point Committees (CPE).

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