We paired up with the non-profit organization, Faith and Love in Action, to provide a clean, sanitary latrine for school children in Marbial, a remote mountain area of Southern Haiti. Faith and Love in Action is based in Haiti and run by husband and wife team, Marlaine and Daniel. Marlaine, a native of Marbial, has opened up several schools in Haiti in an effort to promote and enhance education in the area.

While the team was there, they noticed that the school had an old latrine with two toilets built next to classrooms. The latrine was unsanitary and smelled so foul that the children would resort to going to the bathroom outside. After seeing these poor conditions, we decided to send the team and resources needed to construct a new latrine for students and teachers.

Building up a mountain is much more expensive and difficult due to the efforts that go into transferring material. Donkeys are used to carry the concrete blocks, cement, sand, gravel and tools up into Marbial. The pit of the latrine was hand dug and about 20′ deep. It took about a month to dig because the rocks had to be pried out individually.

The latrine design is based on the Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine. The VIP latrine system incorporates a PVC vent pipe that is used to promote airflow up and out of the bottom of the pit. That vent pipe will help eliminate odor in the latrine and the screen at the top of the vent pipe will keep flies from exiting and spreading contamination. The new latrine will have 5 toilets (four for the students and one for the teachers) and one urinal.


Latrine with 5 new toilets built in Maribal at the school

Southern Haiti

Projects in this region

EXP-50 testing, New latrine with 5 toilets for school, Attempted digging wells in a rocky dry region, Wells, Water Technologies Training, Radio tower set-up, Medical Clinics

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