Haiti Project



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Overview

The Haiti project team is working with Partners In Health, The Haitian Health Care Foundation, and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population to rebuild the dilapidated outpatient clinic in Hinche, located in the poor central plateau of Haiti. The clinic is more than 60 years old and inadequate for the approximately 75,000 people who depend on its services.


EWB-VT's History in Haiti

2009

EWB-VT began initial contacts with Haiti, laying plans for future projects.


2010

In December 2010 the Virginia Tech EWB Haiti Team was coordinating with our partners on travel details and making final preparations for travel. Due to security issues in Haiti these plans were postponed.

With the postponement over, the EWB national committee agreed to allow us to resubmit our original trip proposal for an assessment during Virginia Tech’s Spring Break in March.

During the assessment trip, the group assessed the existing water infrastructure and conducted water quality tests with kits donated by 3M. They also met to coordinate with our partners within the community including PIH, the Hinche Rotary Club, and the Haitian National Water Service coordinator.


Current Activities

The immediate tasks that we would like to address are:


• Drill a new well to supplement the public water supply (our partner PIH/ZL is trying to arrange this now).
• Replace the two undersized water tanks on the water tower (approximately 2,500 gal combined) with a single 6000-8000 gal tank.
• Replace undersized main water supply lines with appropriately sized pipe. 
• Automate the pumps and valves in the system with electrical and mechanical float valves and solenoid valves so that water levels in the main water tower tank (which supplies water to the entire hospital complex) and other cisterns and tanks (for individual buildings) are maintained at desired levels.
• Implement system risks identified through a sanitary survey of the water system.
• Install a flow meter to meter water usage over time.
• Repair/seal one leaking cistern that supplies water to the hospital’s main kitchen.

In the longer term, we plan to consider:

• Potential need for wastewater treatment due to sanitation issues created from increased water use
• Potential need for treatment of water so that it is potable.
• Other engineering type needs identified by our partners (e.g. inadequate electrical distribution system).

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