Haiti WASH Program

This project’s overarching goal is to improve students’ health, school participation, and academic success through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the South, Southeast and Grand Anse departments of Haiti. Despite considerable progress in the WASH sectors since the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti continues to grapple with insufficient access to potable water and proper sanitation. Only 64% of the population has access to improved sources of drinking water, and only 26% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities. The situation in schools is even more alarming, with 74.5% of schools lacking water installation and 84% lacking treated drinking water. Fewer than 60% of schools have functional toilets or latrines. SLST is guided by a program strategy that involves alignment with the Ministry of Education’s (MENFP) new école amie de l’hygiène (hygiene-friendly school) model to deliver customized, sustainable WASH interventions at targeted schools. SLST will also leverage faith-based resources within both IMA and ERD for success. The project’s focus on sustainability requires strong collaboration with local counterparts as well as detailed planning to develop buy-in toward achieving project results. IMA intends to also develop an incentive-based system to encourage progress toward SLST project’s goal. Having worked in Haiti since 1998 IMA has strong ties with local stakeholders as well as understanding of the local context that will provide a foundation for program success.

Activities

Improve water supply, Improve water treatment system, New or improved latrines at schools, New or improved handwashing stations, Distribute WASH and health-related supplies/materials at schools, Teacher/student-led hygiene promotio, Creation and rollout of school health clubs, Organize inter-school competitions of songs/skits to air on local radio stations., WASH sermon guide rollout, WASH behavior change communication through radio spots, Knowledge, attitudes, and practices baseline evaluation, Monitoring of the implementation process, Sustainability and KAP surveys conducted on year after the project has ended, Knowledge, attitudes, and practices end of project evaluation, School-stakeholder led maintenance, operation and sustainability (MOS) plans, School water committees comprised of parents, teachers, directors, and community members instituted at each school., Regular meetings of school water committees held, School water committees involved in supervising and sustaining the project., School rewards and certifications, Broad stakeholder engagement

Locations

  • Haiti>Sud Est
  • Haiti>Sud
  • Haiti>Grand'Anse

Sectors

  • Education
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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