International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI

  • Vancouver, WA
  • www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. Bio-sand Filter Production, Distribution & Training
  2. Biosand Filter Technician Training School
  3. Biosand filter Project Tools and Materials Resourcing

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve mainly rural communities in the Ouest and Artibonite regions of Haiti. This includes Cabaret, Archaie, St. Marc, parts of Port au Prince, and many smaller communities throughout the Artibonite Valley.

ruling year

2005

Executive Director since 2003

Self-reported

Chris Rolling

Administration Director since 2005

Self-reported

Leslie Rolling

Keywords

Self-reported

Biosand, Water Filter, Cleanwater, Haiti, Clean Water, Development, Water Project, Training

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.

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EIN

20-2586482

Physical Address

Clean Water for Haiti 4606 Grant Place

Vancouver, 98663

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

Management & Technical Assistance (Q02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have installed more than 25,000 Biosand Water filters since our start up in 2001, with each filter providing clean water for about 8-10 people per day. We help approximately 1500 families each year. In addition, we have trained a number of other organizations in how to start and run Biosand filter projects and resource those projects with expertise and materials at cost. Projects we have trained have now installed 10,000+ filters themselves.

We are always working to improve what we do and through that process have led and participated in several technical projects that have lead to filter and component redesigns that have been adopted world wide and are now actively helping to improve household water treatment through the use of Bio-sand water filters globally.

Programs

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

Program 1

Bio-sand 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 Bio-sand 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 can be used by even the youngest members of the family.

With minimal maintenance a Bio-sand filter can work effectively for over 20 years. We can produce, deliver and install filters for about $75 US.

Category

Latin America & the Caribbean

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$170,000.00

Program 2

Biosand Filter Technician Training School

3-5 times annually we host week-long training sessions to teach representatives of other organizations how to make and distribute Biosand Filters in Haiti. Typicall host 6-15 students at a time from between 2 and 5 different organizations. The class is divided between theory and practical sessions, and includes 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, although CWH indirectly subsidizes the cost by not including the cost of facilities use in tuitions. 
 
Classes are provided to students sent by organizations which intend to start Biosand filter projects. Tuition is $200/student for the entire week of classes and includes food and housing.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 3

Biosand filter Project Tools and Materials Resourcing

We know that by enabling other organizations to start and run effective Biosand filter distribution projects, we may be doing more to help the cause of Clean Water in Haiti than with our own filter distribution program. We sell molds to projects that have trained technicians with us. The molds are sold at cost, making this program revenue neutral. We also provide other filter supplies at cost (tubes and diffusion plates) because these plastic parts are sourced abroad and it makes our clients' work much easier. They are also provided at cost. 
 
We provide 20-35 molds and sell 2000-4000 sets of tubes and plates to other projects in a typical year.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$19,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our overall goal is to provide the people of Haiti with safe, clean drinking water through the building and installation of Bio-sand 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. Most of all, we work at doing what we do well to meet our goal of providing a household water filtration system that the Haitian people can trust and rely on to be effective in improving their family's health.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We believe in development and work from that perspective in everything that we do.

    We believe in 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 Bio-sand 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 choose to build our filters in country because it means we can provide local jobs. Full time, consistent employment opportunities are lacking in Haiti. Our dedicated staff of men and women have been a key part of what makes our organization successful. We work at providing opportunities for skill development wherever possible. Most of our staff have been with us for over 5 years with several for almost a decade.

    We work with a team of Community Promoters, trusted leaders in our target communities, who help us connect with filter recipients. These volunteers are instrumental in helping us promote Bio-sand filters in new communities and they become the key contact person for filter recipients in any given area of focus.

    We believe that to be most effective, the filters we install need to have value, so 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 poorest of the poor are able to pay. The value translates into filters being maintained and used for many years, making our donor dollars go further and providing long term health benefits to the recipient.

    We visit each filter installed 3 times in the first year of use to check on it's functionality, condition and that the recipient is using it correctly. These visits ensure that any maintenance issues are addressed and that the recipient can troubleshoot any issues with our staff. Any maintenance issues that can't be taken care of during one of those site visits get recorded and a repair team will return at a later date to do repairs or even replacements at no cost to the filter owner. These first year follow up visits also provide ample opportunity to reinforce user education as well as any other sanitation and hygiene education that is fitting for the situation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the capacity, both in facilities and in man power, to build and install 400 Bio-sand filters per month. Included in this is the ability to do 3 site visits for each filter installed within the first year to ensure that the filter is working properly and the filter recipient fully understands how to use it and maintain it within their home.

    As one of the only continuously running Bio-sand filter projects world wide, we have the ability to troubleshoot construction and program issues that many projects aren't able to do. These findings and solutions are shared through a network of other Bio-sand 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 with a network of Bio-sand filter implementors and resource organizations world wide and help improve household water treatment around the globe.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Data on every filter installed, as well as information from every site visit for the first year of use, has shown that over 95% of our filters are still being used one year after installation - statistics that are almost unheard of in the development sector.

    Our technical improvements with the filter mold have been adopted world wide in years past, reducing the amount and cost of materials needed for production and in turn reducing overall costs for implementing organizations.

    Other technical advancements have improved the functionality of the filter, which in turn produces a higher quality of water for the filter owner.

    Our follow-up program has been the focus of a case study that has been distributed to implementors world wide in the hope of seeing higher adoption rates of the Bio-sand water filter globally.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since our start in 2001 Clean Water for Haiti has been responsible for installing over 19,000 filters in homes and institutions (schools, orphanages, etc). The typical Haitian household has 8-10 people, so our impact has been that we've provided potable water at the household level for just under 2% of Haiti's entire population.

    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, statistics that are almost unheard of in the development 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve mainly rural communities in the Ouest and Artibonite regions of Haiti. This includes Cabaret, Archaie, St. Marc, parts of Port au Prince, and many smaller communities throughout the Artibonite Valley.

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Funding Needs

We are always aiming to increase our capacity and with that comes more labor, materials, vehicle maintenance etc. Having a stable funding base helps us account for those needs. In the last 5 years we have seen our production levels increase from about 20 filters/month to about 200 filters/month (installed).    At this point we rely mostly on donations from individuals, churches, schools, and service groups. We would like to stabilize our funding by working with foundations and grant organizations on an annual basis so we can more easily plan for growth and expansion.

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CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI

Leadership

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Executive Director

Chris Rolling

Administration Director

Leslie Rolling

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Under the direction of CEO/Executive Director Chris Rolling Clean Water for Haiti has grown exponentially. Since taking over as Executive Director in 2004 Chris has increased the productivity of the organization, improved the efficiency of work, improved the quality of training offered to other organizations and overall has established a very good reputation for the organization that is known throughout Haiti and in North America. Using his engineering background he has participated and led several design changes and modifications to the Bio-sand filter and it's components that have been adopted world wide, improving the quality of household water treatment around the globe.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"In the 14 years that I have worked with Clean Water for Haiti I have seen the lives of people in Haiti change because of the work we do. People have shared with me that they have seen a change in the overall health of their communities when large numbers of filters have been installed in areas.

We aim to be good stewards of what we receive. I like that we're an all volunteer run organization and that we can tell donors their gifts are actually being spent twice - once to get people clean water through the use of Bio-sand filters, and again through the employment of local men and women. I think Clean Water for Haiti is one of the best organizations out there and I'm honored to be a part of what we're doing."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lyne Swimpson

No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?