The Wenatchee Rotary Club’s Board has approved the Club leading a District project through “HANWASH,”1 a group that has a goal of providing everyone in Haiti with clean water and improved sanitation by 2030. We will serve as Champion on a 5 year pilot project in Ferrier (NE Haiti). Clubs and Rotarians in our District have a variety of opportunities of service within a very well-organized project.
 
HANWASH is a collaborative, national initiative created in 2018 by Rotary District 7020 (Caribbean), The Rotary Foundation and the Haitian Government’s National Water and Sanitation Agency (DINEPA),2 partnering with other NGOs such as Haiti Outreach and Pure Water for the World, committed to providing thoughtfully managed and sustainable clean water and sanitation to all the citizens of Haiti, along with the associated health, community and economic benefits. The goal is to meet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) goal of everyone in Haiti having clean water and improved sanitation by 2030. It was featured in the December 2018 issue of the Rotarian.
 
HANWASH is an acronym for The Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation & Health Strategy.
 
The HANWASH strategy is to start with 4 pilot projects to learn approaches which will enhance success at subsequent sites. One Rotary District will be the “Champion” for each of the pilot projects. Wenatchee Rotary has been asked to lead District 5060 to be the “Champion” of the Ferrier project, which is fairly close to Milot where we have worked intermittently since 2010. The Club and the District have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HANWASH about our role as Champion.

HANWASH is very well organized and has created a detailed written protocol about roles and responsibilities. It is led by a Steering Committee and has a Project / Technical Committee and a separate Finance / Administration committee for approval of all funds. We do not have to figure anything out on our own.
 
NEEDED NOW are Clubs within our District to join us in this exciting pilot project. Clubs that want to take on an international project are desired! Individual Rotarians with an interest in sustainable international aid, water projects, or who speak French will be especially helpful. Anyone can participate by donating, by getting involved in HANWASH committees, or perhaps by going to Haiti!
 
To donate, checks should be made to the Wenatchee Rotary Club. 
A transmittal letter/memo should instruct the Wenatchee Rotary Club to hold the funds for the HANWASH Project.
Mail to:
Wenatchee Rotary
PO Box 1723
Wenatchee, WA 98807
 
Ferrier water system. DINEPA analysis and Rotary review determined that the Ferrier water system will include a solar power supply for a Borehole (well) further inland, delivering water towards the coastal area that now has saline groundwater. Homes will pay for just the pipe from their meter to their homes. Water will be chlorinated and will be piped initially to 600-1,000 households that subscribe to the system. (Ferrier pop ~ 15,000).
 
Ownership and Operation of the water systems. DINEPA2 will own each water system once it satisfies “FRAPE”3 criteria for infrastructure and is net revenue positive (self-supporting).
 
Financial management. The majority of funds are handled through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant structure. Some funds are handled by Donor Advised Funds, accounted for and overseen by 4 past RI Directors. HANWASH will be engaging corporate partners.
 
Capital expenditures are handled by the HANWASH finance & administration team, never through the government. Funds are released only after a full approval process for each step.
Independent bids for the initial engineering study in Ferrier will be funded by us (HANWASH "Commune Champions").
 
Serving the entire country – 145 communes (townships) – is likely to cost $1.3 - $1.5 billion. Each commune will require about $1.5 million and the process will be accomplished through both Global Grants and partnerships with other NGOs/governments/corporate entities. No District will be doing this alone.
 
Fundraising
District fundraising. We need to raise $15,000 to start, which will fund an engineering study and related costs that will define the specific scope and cost of the project. Once that is completed we will be in a position to apply for grants at the maximum possible. Money will be spent in steps as the project develops; each step must be approved by HANWASH team and Rotary. HANWASH will do the large-scale fundraising.
 
HANWASH Fundraising. HANWASH is establishing regional grant coordinators. These coordinators will work with clubs/districts in their region on project development. The regional grant coordinators communicate with the grant liaison who is a member of the HANWASH steering committee. It is helpful to allocate as much District Designated Funds as we can, since that is matched dollar-for-dollar. Because the Rotary Grant structure is a series of matches, it is beneficial for individual clubs to donate since those funds are then amplified.
 
What specific kinds of on-site participation by our District 5060 members might be anticipated? Participation depends on our interests and expertise, including learning, involvement and/or observation of decision making, or even construction. We are welcome to visit Haiti/Ferrier, participate in weekly HANWASH phone meetings, and to be involved in discussions and plans. Rotarians could also serve on subcommittees such as the technical subcommittee. (Do you have to visit Haiti to participate? No! Can you visit Haiti to participate? Yes! (Pending travel restrictions. There are times that the US State Department recommends against travel.)
 
What is the general timeline and action plan? Work in Ferrier will start when a Champion has committed to partnering with them and helping to fund the initial engineering study. It is anticipated that the Ferrier pilot project will be completed over 3-5 years. Once the Ferrier project is completed, then our District can possibly choose / request another commune to Champion.
 
What are the next steps?  We welcome any contributions to help us achieve our initial goal of $15,000, we are looking for 3 to 5 other clubs as participant partners who will each commit to making a contribution of $3,000 to $5,000 by this fall. Smaller amounts are also welcome!
 
Contact Carin Smith, the Wenatchee Rotary Hanwash Committee Chair to express your club’s interest in learning more and becoming involved!
 
HANWASH Contacts:
K. Neil Van Dine (our person on the ground in Haiti) Haiti Outreach Country Director, Hanwash Technical advisory committee Chair Rotary D9980 E-WASH Pignon, Haiti +509-3701-4017  https://www.haitioutreach.org/meet-k-neil-van-dine/
Jeremy S. Hurst Chair, HANWASH; Past District 7020 Governor 2013/14;  Leadership Training Chair, Zone Summit, Atlanta 2019; Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Coordinator,  ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
John Smarge (Naples, FL) is aide to Barry Rassin (President of RI for 2018-19 and Past District 7020 Governor). John has overview perspective. jsmarge@raythemover.com  239-821-4954
Wade Nomura Hanwash Grants Committee Chair. wadeDG1112@verizon.net Technical Coordinator of Cadres for Water and Sanitation for the Rotary Foundation (805)448-9912
 
1 HANWASH is an acronym for The Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy. http://www.hanwash.org/
2 DINEPA is Haiti’s water and sanitation agency https://www.dinepa.gouv.ht/ (French)  (Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement). DINEPA handles country infrastructure but is not funded by Haitian government (thus is more stable).
3 The FRAPE survey is documenting the all water points (wells, springs, fountains, water systems) within each commune along with their flow rates covering these aspects: Functional, Responsibly Managed, Adequate Sanitation, Potable, Inspected, with 13 water quality parameters.
 
More details about our project will be added below as the program develops.
Each water project will have a local Rotary club "host," and an outside District "Champion."
For the Ferrier project, the outside District Champion is our District 5060. The host Rotary club will probably be based in the larger city of Ouanaminthe, which is about 15 km to the SE of Ferrier, Haiti.
 
We will be forming a District HANWASH committee. Sherry Chamberlain (2018 - 2019 District Governor) will be our District Representative and Carin Smith will be the Club Representative for HANWASH.
 
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