Help us support the most vulnerable during this time of need.
Like many nonprofits, especially those working internationally, projects and programs have come to a near halt in Panama and Haiti to protect both our partners and the communities we serve. Our partners will work within local and national guidelines, returning to work once restrictions are lifted and at the invitation of community leaders. Clean water and sanitation are of utmost importance to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and our partners are weighing the risks and benefits as they consider engaging with communities to implement and repair water systems.
In Haiti, when a well breaks an entire community can be left without access to affordable, safe water. In those areas, families are forced to purchase high priced water from kiosks and trucks, saving it for needs like drinking and cooking. Repairing a community well means that families can have affordable access to proper sanitation, like water for washing hands and cleaning, all which are critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We're raising funds to repair a well in the Port-au-Prince area, where social distancing and staying home are very difficult to do. Additionally, we plan to put in (1 or 2) handwashing stations near the well for community use to further combat the spread of COVID-19.
Our local partners in Haiti have informed us about three communities that are in desperate need of a well-repair. Their one and only source of nearby water is broken, and they risk arrest or heavy fines that they cannot pay by walking for hours to the nearest water source. Two of these critically in-need communities are in the neighborhood of Butte Boyer, and the other is a community called Guedon, located in the Croix-des-Bouquets area of Port-au-Prince.