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
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A new latrine with 5 toilets was built in Maribal in Southern Haiti. The project was to help students and teachers in the school and establish toilets for them.
We built and installed a simple Canzee pump out of PVC. In the end we were able to install a working, simple pump that the women and children were are able to use. We were surprised at the type of soil we found here. We expected the water table to be much shallower. The soil here had lots of hard clay. It is also somewhat expensive here for resources, costing approximately $375 to dig, build, and establish a pump and well system. But, the items we bought were some of the best supplies that I have found in Africa. The PVC was very thick and strong, and of high quality. With Patrick and Revelier being permanent fixtures there, I truly believe that more pumps will be built.
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