Haiti – Artibonite Valley Phase 5

Artibonite Valley
Project Partner: Albert Schweitzer Hospital / Rotary Club of Ancaster



Phase 5 of this ongoing project will continue our partnership with the Water and Wells Division of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschappelles, Haiti and Rotary Club of Ancaster, Ontario. In the fall of 2010, the Artibonite Valley experienced a cholera epidemic further highlighting the great need for safe water and basic sanitation in the area. Our Phase 4project saw the completion of 100 latrines for the region of Ponte Sonde, where 17 wells had previously constructed in Phase 3.


  • Construction of 141 household latrines (cost* $480 per latrine).
    There are still 71 latrines needed throughout Damier, Duval II and the National School of Drouin in the second half of this project.
  • Drilling and construction of 4 wells (cost* $6,100 per well).
    The communities of Duval II/ Rizongue and Tapion are awaiting their wells in the second half of this project.

*Costs include (in Canadian dollars):  Water quality monitoring, hygiene education activities, water source committee training, project monitoring, reporting & partner coordination for WASH sustainability, all construction, drilling, materials and labour as required.


March 4, 2013 – This project is now complete!  A total of 130 latrines have been completed along with 30 tippy taps for handwashing.  More tippy taps are being constructed by each household.  The total number of latrines is less than the 141 planned however some additional funds were used to address some maintenance issues at 6 existing wells and disinfect with chlorine as a precaution against cholera (Pisto, Ostry, Etang, Moreau, Bel-Air and Comon – all originally built between 2006-2011).  A forth well at Duval II met with significant difficulties in drilling and no water was found.  This was a big challenge in the project.   It was determined that the best course of action was to further address the needs of the existing wells and construct only 1 more new well at Tapion.  As a result, a total of 3 new wells were constructed in this project and 6 existing wells were improved to continue providing safe water and prevent disease.

August 24, 2012 – Wells for Terre Blanche and the National School of Drouin have been providing safe water for over 1200 people in the last few months.  35 household latrines were constructed in the community of Tapion and another 35 for Terre Blanche.  Another 60 latrines for Damier and Duval II are in progress.

April 16, 2012 – The community outreach team at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer continues with mobilization and latrine construction to complete the first half of this project. Some time has also been spent returning to Ponte Sonde (Phase 3 and 4) to monitor water quality. These additional steps help ensure the sustainability of water access for the people of this region.

December 31, 2011 – The first half of this project is underway to construct 70 household latrines and 2 wells. The well site planned for Market Desarmes was moved to the National School of Drouin to ensure success of the well construction and future management of the well by the school.


Project Sites:

  1. Terre Blanche community well – completed to serve 600-750 people.
  2. National School of Drouin well – completed to serve 650-800 people.
  3. Community of Terre Blanche – 35 household latrines completed to serve 250 people.
  4. Community of Tapion – 35 household latrines completed to serve 210 people.
  5. Community of Damier – 30 household latrines completed to serve approx. 230 people.
  6. Community of Duval II – 30 household latrines completed to serve approx. 220 people.
  7. Tapion Community Well – completed to serve approx. 550 people.

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Many thanks to the commitment of the following supporters for making this project a reality for the people of the Artibonite Valley!

  • Anne McGrath Memorial Foundation
  • Aquarama
  • Compass Group Canada
  • Haiti 2011 Campaign
  • The Dreamyard Project – The Bronx, NY
  • KW Cares
  • Rotary Club of Goderich, Ontario
  • Sam Sherratt Public School
  • St. Paschal Baylon School
  • Van Isle Water Services Ltd.
  • And many thanks to the donors and friends of Ryan’s Well who wish to remain anonymous!