Water Initiative

The UN estimates that about 10% of global disease could be prevented by improving water supply and management of resources, and by the improved hygiene and sanitation that would allow. Reliable access to clean water in rural Haiti would reduce illness, suffering, and deaths while improving agricultural yields, income, and nutrition. Water is essential to life. CEI is currently embarking on a program to meet this critical need.


Access to clean water is a daily problem in rural Haiti. The leading cause of infant mortality and illness in children in Haiti is contaminated water. That must change. Now.



Haitian Water InitiativeLack of water is perhaps the biggest single contributing factor to poverty in much of the world today. The world’s poorest often pay the most for water, in terms of lost time, health, education, and lives. Adequate access to water is a critical element to sustainable improvement in Haiti.

Problem: Less than 50% of the households in Haiti have access to safe water, and only 25% have adequate sanitation. In rural Haiti, the problem is even more critical. Health, sanitation, and agriculture depend on safe and regular water supplies.

Solutions: Wells and water catchment systems, with water kiosks, gravity-fed piped systems and, where necessary, solar-powered pumps. A professional management model such as that employed by the World Bank, utilizes community-selected local water operators to maintain and manage the water supply system. A participatory approach, where water users pay an affordable amount for a tiered variety of services, is preferred.

Needs: Donors are needed to bring water to the five villages that make up the area called Jeannette, Haiti, in the Department of Nippes. If you would like to participate in this critical-needs program, please contact us.


CEI’s Haitian and American leaders have been working together for over 25 years.

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