Haiti HOPE

Haiti Outreach: Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) promotes grassroots development by providing technical, educational, and financial support to the areas surrounding Borgne, a rural town on the north coast of Haiti. H.O.P.E gives assistance in the community-defined priority areas of health, education, and economic development.

At least a quarter of all patients who come to the H.O.P.E. clinic suffer from preventable waterborne illnesses. The latest H.O.P.E. project is the Sant Teknoloji Bwase Lide (The Brainstorming Technology Center). The center's staff offer traveling seminars and radio programs on waterborne illness prevention and simple water treatment and sanitation techniques such as UV. The staff also provide water testing services. The community is very interested in water treatment technologies including the UV-Tube. Various community groups have submitted proposals to H.O.P.E. and the Sant Teknoloji for community or neighborhood-scale water treatment projects.

Three commercial ultraviolet drinking water disinfection units were installed in Borgne in 2000. Unfortunately the commercial systems are expensive and susceptible to breakdowns. The center's staff decided that a simple, sustainable water treatment method that could be built using local knowledge and materials would be a better option. In July 2004, Sant Teknoloji staff built a ferrocement prototype of the UV-Tube. The system is shared by several users and to date has been operating without problems.