Haiti map outline
Quick Facts
Capital city: Port-au-Prince
Population of 9.9 million
3.59 million lack safe water
7.3 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of .35%
80% live in poverty


Forty percent of the people in Haiti lack access to clean water and only one in five have access to a sanitary toilet. At the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Water.org announced its commitment to reach 50,000 Haitians with clean water and sanitation by June 2014. Water.org will bring a mix of different solutions to its work with Haiti.

Program Objectives

Specific water and sanitation technologies will depend upon local conditions, community demand, the recommendations of our local partners, and Water.org best practices. Prior to construction, Water.org and its local partner organizations will assess the local conditions to identify the best water solutions based on hydrological and geographical surveys, and participatory rural appraisals.

  • Increase the level of access to sustainable, safe water and sanitation services for 50,000 people among poor and vulnerable populations.
  • Decrease the prevalence of water- and sanitation-related diseases in the target areas.
  • Promote integrated water resources management at the local level with a focus on maintaining the quantity and quality of drinking water.
  • Increase awareness of good hygiene practices.
  • Support the government's water and sanitation strategy.

The Water & Sanitation Crisis

The water and sanitation situation in Haiti is among the most dire in the Western hemisphere. According to the WHO/UNICEF 2012 Joint Monitoring Program report, 85% of urban residents and 51% of rural residents have access to improved water services. Access to an improved sanitation facility is extremely low in both urban (24%) and rural (10%) areas of the country.

Haiti is considered a water-stressed country. Total available water resources per capita are about 1,660 cubic meters (just under the 1,700 threshold). Less than 1% of these resources are in use. Groundwater potential exists in the mountainous areas and in some coastal areas, but accessing this has been a challenge for many communities. Few water treatment facilities are properly functioning for the general public in the country. Soil erosion and deforestation have also contributed to diminished water quality. Moreover, Haiti’s seasonal rainfall patterns provide too much rain for some during segments of the year and too little for others during the dry season.

Current GDP per capita is approximately $1,300. An estimated 80% of people live below the poverty line.

Water.org provides innovative, market-based solutions that change lives every day through safe water and sanitation.

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