Solar-Generated Water Filtration Project
Our installation team travelled to Rhè, Camp-Perrin and successfully installed the solar-generated filtration system at the headquarters of MP3K in April of 2013. We also trained equipment operators to maintain and take complete ownership of the system, while educating community members about hygiene and the importance of using the filtered water. This system presently provides revenue to the Rhe community as a mobile phone charging station powered by the solar energy which generates the filtration system. By installing the system, we have provided this community of approximately 20,000 with potable water. Community leaders tell us that mudslides fill wells further contaminating water already high in disease-ridden bacteria during the rainy season, and that having the low-cost filtered water is life-saving.
Presently, communicate with MP3K leaders on approximately a weekly basis for updates about the local community, how the filtration system is being received, and any issues with the system. Our installation team will return and visit the site to check the status of the system and discuss opportunities for other water projects this July. The Living Waters of the World Haitian network coordinator is also available for MP3K to contact for questions and to improve operations of the system; as well as our in-country liaison who visits the site at least twice a month and sends us on-the-ground reports.
Social Enterprise Market Project
When the members of MP3K began constructing the building which now houses the water filtration system, they worked on a 10 x 10 meter building instead of a 10 X 10 foot building. So, what we had was huge building for a small water purification unit. That is when MP3K leaders proposed we make the space a market for the Rhé community which presently travels up to 4 miles for access to the nearest market.
Presently, people must travel across a massive mile-long riverbed to get to most markets. Every rainy season, the river swells and lives are lost attempting to cross it. The area for the filtration system is complete and serving water, and the building is also secure, yet the market is not ready to open. MP3K would like to have the market become a social enterprise where profit becomes scholarship money to educate local kids. They propose that approximately $5200 to get the market up and running. We are seeking to make that happen with our partnership.