Haiti: Give the water back to its population

Published on Friday 2 February 2018

Hurricane Matthew in 2016 severely affected living conditions in southern Haiti, exposing people to the risks of outbreaks.

Thanks to a strong presence in the area, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams were able to deploy quickly to respond urgently to Matthew’s consequences (kit distributions, water chlorination point installations, water trucking) and make a rapid needs assessment in order to offer an appropriate response.

A year after the disaster, the intervention has enabled the rehabilitation of several water networks and a boost in their management by the communities themselves. Nearly 30,000 affected people have benefited from these actions.


Since 2010, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has strengthened Haitian local authorities’ water management capacities and rehabilitated networks to improve communities’ access to drinking water.

In a country that is regularly affected by natural disasters, the lack of infrastructure exposes people to waterborne diseases, including cholera. Access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services is therefore a vital issue.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been able to respond with the support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the European Union, Unicef, l’Agence de l’Eau Seine-Normandie and other water agencies and French partners.





  • 11 million inhabitants
  • 47.6% poverty rate
  • 169th out of 189 on the Human Development Index
  • 372,704 people helped