Increasing the number of operational wells in Haiti through WASH projects

Neil Van Dine, a member of the E-Club of WASH in District 9980 (New Zealand), spent 15 years on projects to bring wells and hand pumps to communities in Haiti, struggling to keep them operational. In 2004, he commissioned a survey that revealed half of the wells weren’t functioning. Previous efforts to provide maintenance weren’t holding up. So Van Dine and his team reassessed and came up with a new plan: His Rotary club trained the community to develop a business plan that involved the whole community. The plan involves collecting a small amount of money from each household that is earmarked toward maintenance and repairs of the wells. Now, 90 percent of the wells they have built are operational.

While today is World Water Day, Rotarians will continue solving problems around the world with their expertise. Learn more about Rotary International’s initiative to provide clean water and how Rotarians like Van Dine are mobilizing resources around water, sanitation, and hygiene.

3 thoughts on “Increasing the number of operational wells in Haiti through WASH projects

  1. I’m interested of getting some information about the drilling well project in Haiti. I live in a town where people have to walk so many miles to get water. It will be a great project for that area.


  2. This is so great to see! I have a special spot in my heart for Haiti, as I lived there (in Montrouis) for 3.5 years with my parents while a teenager, doing development work. I recall countless projects while there (schools, wells, the list goes on) that had fallen apart, perhaps partially due to lack of ownership within the villages where they were located.
    I’ve always thought small “old school” libraries would be a meaningful project in Haiti, with a small membership fee from local readers, to give them ownership of the project.

    Yours in Rotary – Kambi
    Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club (Dist 5080)


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