Providing Clean Water in Haiti

Samaritan’s Purse set up a community water treatment unit to provide clean drinking water for people in Maniche, Haiti, after the town’s water supply was severed following a massive earthquake that also caused many area wells to collapse.. Its close proximity to the epicenter left it almost completely leveled—90 percent of homes in the area are uninhabitable. Families just are sleeping outside with little to no shelter and limited access to water.

To meet this need, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a water system, capable of purifying enough clean water to provide for 10,000 people each day. Developed by Samaritan’s Purse, the filtration unit is specially designed to fit on one pallet within the DC-8 cargo plane. Its compact size and versatility make it a premiere system for international relief as it can purify both fresh water and salt water.

As clean drinking water flowed from the tap stand, the mayor of Maniche, Jean Bernard, said, “No one could find water to drink. I thank you guys because what you did today is a big thing for the community. Now we have water to drink.”

Samaritan’s Purse is also distributing emergency shelter material and solar lights in hard-hit areas. Tens of thousands of people were impacted by the earthquake. Even if their home is still standing, they are terrified to be inside the structure as aftershocks continue to shake the region. The emergency needs are overwhelming, but Samaritan’s Purse is committed to helping bring physical relief while sharing God’s love.