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Empowering. Improving. Sustaining.

Vancouver, WA


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


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


Executive Director

Chris Rolling

Administration Director

Leslie Rolling

Main Address

Clean Water for Haiti Box 871181

Vancouver, WA 98687 USA


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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

Management & Technical Assistance (Q02)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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 the current cholera outbreak, which first hit in 2010. 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. Partly because the filters are sold, not given away, filters tend to go to the families with the greatest need for clean water.

Our programs

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

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Bio-sand Filter Production, Distribution & Training

Biosand Filter Technician Training School

Biosand filter Project Tools and Materials Resourcing

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of biosand water filters installed in recipient's homes

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Clean Water for Haiti is the largest household filtration project in Haiti. Over 125,000 people, 1% of Haiti's total population has gained access to a safe water solution with our biosand filters.

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

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Clean Water for Haiti is the largest household filtration project in Haiti. Over 125,000 people, 1% of Haiti's total population has gained access to a safe water solution with our biosand filters.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Since our start in 2001 Clean Water for Haiti has been responsible for installing over 26,000 filters in homes and institutions (schools, orphanages, etc). The typical Haitian household has 5 - 6 people, so our impact has been that we've provided potable water at the household level for just under 1% 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.

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