CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI

Empowering. Improving. Sustaining.

Vancouver, WA   |  www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org

Mission

This organization is dedicated to responding to the needs of the Haitian people in the area of availability to clean water, using simple technology (Biosand water filters) and proven effective methods for development of clean water projects.

Notes from the nonprofit

Financials:

Clean Water for Haiti is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Canadian registered charity, the CWH Foundation, and our on the ground partner organization, the Clean Water for Haiti Foundation in Haiti. Financials presented are the on the ground expenses, income, assets and liabilities for the Haitian partner, the Clean Water for Haiti Foundation in Haiti. We felt this was the best and most transparent reflection of where and how donor dollars are used.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Chris Rolling

Administration Director

Leslie Rolling

Main address

Clean Water for Haiti Box 871181

Vancouver, WA 98687 USA

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EIN

20-2586482

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

Management & Technical Assistance (Q02)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clean Water for Haiti is focused exclusively on household water filtration for Haitian families. Often referred to as the world's most water impoverished nation, Haiti continues to suffer from lack of access to clean, safe water. By attacking the potable water shortage at the household level, we empower families to take control of their own water supply. We operate a subsidized program whereby each household is required to pay the equivalent of $5 in order to receive a filter, establishing ownership, responsibility, and empowerment. The remaining cost of each filter, approximately $100, is covered by donations. Sales are managed by promoters, a network of volunteers who promote home filter usage in different communities. Because our subsidized price is set at a level that is attainable for the most impoverished families, beneficiaries are most often the most impoverished and most in need of access to household water treatment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Biosand Filter Production, Distribution & Training

Clean Water for Haiti is able to provide a simple, effective and affordable solution to the lack of clean water sources for Haitian families. The household Biosand filter is a simple design that uses basic readily available materials, allows for easy production, and is easy to transport. There are no moving parts, they do not require electricity, and they can be used by even the youngest members of the family.

With minimal maintenance a Biosand filter can work effectively for over 20 years. We can produce, deliver and install filters for about $100 US.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We host week-long training sessions to teach representatives of other organizations how to make and distribute Biosand Filters in Haiti on an as needed basis. Each class typically has 6-15 students at a time. The class is divided between theory and practical sessions, and includes basic water treatment theory, investigating the need for household water treatment, filter construction, delivery, installation, user education, follow up, sourcing materials, how to organize a project, how to finance a project, and how to create and build a reputation as an organization that provides Biosand filters to beneficiaries. The training classes are supported entirely by tuitions and are hosted on site at Clean Water for Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We know that by enabling other organizations to start and run effective Biosand filter distribution projects, we can do more to help the cause of clean water in Haiti than with just our own filter distribution program. We sell molds and provide ongoing support to projects that have trained with us. The molds are sold at cost, making this program revenue neutral. We also provide other filter supplies at cost (tubes and diffuser basins) because these parts are sourced abroad due to the inability to source them in country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of biosand water filters installed in recipient's homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

Biosand Filter Production, Distribution & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clean Water for Haiti is the largest household filtration project in Haiti. Over 175,000 people, about 2% of Haiti's total population, have gained access to a safe water with our Biosand filters.

Number of people who are provided with clean drinking water in their homes.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

Biosand Filter Production, Distribution & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clean Water for Haiti calculates the number of people provided with clean drinking water in their homes by multiplying the number of filters installed by 5, the average household size.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overall goal is to provide the people of Haiti with safe, clean drinking water through the building and installation of Biosand water filters. We aim to be constantly improving how we work, and to be good stewards of our donor funding so we can make the most impact on behalf of those that support the work we're doing. We work at empowering Haitian families to care for their own health by providing access to a technology that takes Haiti's specific needs and challenges into consideration, and we strive to provide ongoing support and education to filter recipients through our 5 year follow up program. Through this extensive follow up program our Technicians visit each filter repeatedly and collect user data that helps us change our program to better serve the needs of the people we serve, as well as allowing us to gauge our effectiveness as an organization.

Our strategy is to empower Haitian families to care for their own needs, improve their quality of life, and provide a sustainable means of treating the water that is available to them.

We focus on working with a household water treatment system that is appropriate for Haiti's many challenges because that increases user adoption rates. The lack of electricity, finances for replacement parts, and low education rates make the simple to use Biosand filter an ideal choice for Haiti. There are no parts that need to be regularly replaced and maintenance is simple and can be done by the user.

We have chosen to use the concrete version of the Biosand filter because it means we can provide a durable filter that is built in country with local labor and materials purchased in the local market. By employing local men and women we are able to provide full-time employment in an area where consistent employment is difficult to find. This provides opportunities for marketable job skill development and allows us to encourage the local economy at the same time. Many of our employees have been with us for years and have advanced in their roles with the organization to now be in positions of leadership.

We work with a team of Community Promoters, trusted leaders in our target communities, who help us connect with filter recipients. Because of Haiti's culture these volunteers are instrumental in helping us promote Biosand filters in new communities, and they become the key contact person for filter recipients in any given area of focus.

We have learned that to be most effective, the filters we install need to have value. To accomplish this we run a subsidized program where each family pays a small co-pay for their filter. This small fee is enough to give the filter value, but small enough that the most economically disadvantaged are able to pay. This empowers families to care for their own health, and the personal investment translates into filters being maintained and used for many years. This makes our donor dollars go further and have a greater impact by providing long term health benefits to the recipient.

We visit each filter installed 4 times. Three visits occur in the first year of use to check on it's functionality, condition and that the recipient is using it correctly. The fourth visit happens 5 years after installation to check if the filter is still in use and address any long-term issues. These visits allow us to address any user and maintenance issues directly. If a filter needs maintenance that our Technician can not manage during the visit, a repair order is filed and a team returns to repair or replace the filter at no cost to the beneficiary. Each installation and visit is tracked in a data base that allows us to see our filter adoption rates over time, and the data collected during these visits helps us continually improve our program.

We have the capacity, both in facilities and in man power, to build and install 400 Biosand filters per month. Included in this is the ability to do repeated site visits to filter owners to collect data and provide support and education.

As one of the only continuously running Biosand filter projects world wide, we have the ability to troubleshoot construction and program issues at a larger volume than most organizations. These findings and solutions are shared through a network of other Biosand filter implementors world wide and used to improve other projects and in return, the health of families around the globe, not just in Haiti.

We have the capacity to do production on a larger scale than most projects and therefore often see lower costs because we can purchase construction materials in volume. This means our donor dollars go further and make a greater impact.

Because we are running continuously we are also in a position where we can try out technical advancements on the process, filter construction or installation & follow up process. These findings are shared within our network with the hopes of helping other projects improve how they work and reach their communities.

Since our start in 2001 Clean Water for Haiti has been responsible for installing over 35,000 filters in homes and institutions (schools, orphanages, etc). The typical Haitian household has 5 - 8 people, so our impact has been that we've provided potable water at the household level for about 2% of Haiti's population. We have accomplished this with the budget of a grass-roots organization.

Our development strategies have resulted in a user adoption rate of over 95%, meaning that over 95% of our filters are still in use after the first year. Our 5 year follow up data shows that over 80% of our filters are still used 5 years after installation. This data stands out in the household water treatment sector.

Technical advancements have not only improved our project, but have also been made available to projects world wide and have helped with overall technical improvements on a global scale.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve impoverished families in Haiti by providing access to clean water at the household level by building and installing biosand water filters. The majority of households we serve are located in rural areas where resources may be lacking, or are out of reach financially for our beneficiaries.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    We collect in person data from each household we serve through repeated household visits.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During follow up visits we saw that beneficiaries needed more education on how to keep treated water safe for consumption and not recontaminate it, so we created images of water samples with bacterial counts to provide a visual tool of what contaminated vs. treated water looks like, and improved our user education to specifically address this issue.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In Haiti the poorest members of society have the least amount of power and rarely are they looked to for any feedback. As we do our repeated household follow up visits to filter recipients our Technicians get the opportunity to see how beneficiaries use their filter, how they like it, etc. This is such an important part of our program because it gives people who are not used to having a voice, or even receiving any kind of customer service, an opportunity to feel that their input is valuable. And it is! It's incredibly valuable to us and helps us shift and change our program to better meet their needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI

Board of directors
as of 03/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ashley Thompson

No Affiliation

Term: 2016 - 2018

Drew Kaloupek

No Affiliation

Ashley Thomson

No Affiliation

Geoffrey Comber

No Affiliation

Courtney Blackburn

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.