Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and the least developed in the western hemisphere. It ranks 168 out of 187 countries in the 2014 UNDP Human Development Index and is struggling to recover from years of violence, insecurity and the effects of the 2010 earthquake. The country has a long history of being struck by one natural disaster after another. Access to basic services is highly unequal with the poor having much less access than the wealthy. Far too many Haitian women and children are engaged in a struggle for their rights to basic necessities such as adequate nutrition, clean water, education and protection from violence.
Food for the Hungry (FH) has had a presence in Haiti since 2008 and has specifically been responding to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs since 2010. Through it's WASH program, over 10,057 community members and 3,567 school children have been trained in hygiene, sanitation and other related health issues, seven wells and rainwater harvesting tanks have been constructed, 520 pit latrines and bath/laundry pads constructed and one water filtration system installed. The WASH program staff has demonstrable capacity in community mobilization, building capacity in local communities and promoting participatory programming. FH is also currently implementing a highly successful, maternal and child health project in Belladere, Kenscoff and Bellevue la Montagne that seeks to improve nutrition and health-seeking behaviors among pregnant women and caregivers of children under the age of five. The proposed project will compliment the ongoing project by providing the target community with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.