WISH: Water, Infrastructure, Sanitation & Hygiene


Lack of access to clean water was a constant burden in the life of every family in the Petit Trou area. People needed to hand carry water from a water source sometimes up to two hours away to their home. Children and women often carried out this time consuming and difficult labor. For some students at St. Paul’s this meant they spent up to two hours carrying jugs of water before ever arriving at school in the morning. Knowing the impact of access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene practices, CHP worked closely with the community to construct 12 safe water wells within a ten minute walk of all households and provide hygiene and sanitation education. The impact of the construction of the wells on the lives of the local population was immediate. Women and children were no longer burdened by long trips to carry water, and the incidence of water-borne diseases dropped, including reducing the impact of Cholera that devastated much of the rest of Haiti.