Who would drink a glass of sea water?

Just imagine… Your throat is parched as the sweltering sun beats down on you. A glass of refreshing water would soothe your dry mouth and quench your thirst. 

You take a sip… but like an unexpected gulp of sea water, this salty water makes your throat burn. It could even make you sick! 

That’s what life is like for many people in northeast Haiti who only have access to brackish, salty water—water that doesn’t refresh your body, isn’t good for cooking, and that prevents crops from growing. 

Clean water is crucial to overcoming poverty. Think about it:

  • Children growing up in communities without clean water are at a disadvantage from those who have access to safe water. Without clean water, instead of regularly attending school where they will learn the tools they need to live a better live, they are oftentimes out collecting water during the school day.
  • Often the water collected is unsafe for consumption and drinking it makes people sick from waterborne illnesses. Sickness leads to time off work; frequent, prolonged illness leads to continued time away from productive work and an inability to provide for the family’s needs.

How could anyone expect to live a healthy life while using salty, polluted water? 

The simple answer—they can’t.

Unfortunately, in northeastern Haiti:

64%

of people regularly drink and use contaminated water, which can cause gastrointestinal, reproductive, and neurological disorders.

37%

of [mothers] use unclean and unsafe water to prepare [their] babies’ formula

The water access problem in Haiti demands our attention!

Bright Hope has partnered with the church in Paulette, Haiti to build a reverse osmosis water purification system to provide clean drinking water for the community. The project is advancing quickly and we are excited that soon clean water will be available in Paulette and the neighboring communities.

We partnered with a local company with expertise in water filtration systems.

The system will be powered by a solar panel and securely housed in a small building.

The church plans to sell water to four local schools at a very reduced rate, as well as to surrounding communities. Ultimately, we believe this project will become economically self-sustaining and provide an ongoing source of income for the church.

In addition to the purification system, the church will also hold monthly health and hygiene trainings for school teachers and community leaders to teach:

  • The importance of water purification
  • Handwashing and good hygiene practices
  • Proper transporting, storing, and water retrieval to prevent contamination
  • The right way to handle and dispose of waste materials 

Clean water is one of the basic building blocks of life! Without it, our hearts can’t pump blood, our kidneys can’t clean our bodies, and our brains can’t function.


And without you, our Haitian brothers and sisters may never know what it’s like to drink water without worrying how long it will take to get sick.


To make safe water available to as many as possible, we need you!


And every time you take a sip of refreshing, unpolluted water, please pray for our friends in Haiti to experience the blessing of clean water.


Your donation will help provide health and Hope in northeast Haiti, and will equip Bright Hope to help meet other urgent needs.

The Bright Hope Promise

Bright Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We have been engaging the local church around the world for more than 45 years in the global fight against extreme poverty in their communities. We are committed to helping the extreme poor with the most effective and efficient methods, and we promise to treat every penny donated as if God, Himself, gave it to us.