HAITI: CCISD Receives Support from a Major Collaborator Under PRISMA 2

CCISD is happy to be able to count on the international organization One Drop which, through a financial contribution of CAN $2,688,000, provides invaluable support to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) component of the “Project for Integrated Management of Maternal and Child Health in Artibonite – Phase 2” (PRISMA 2).

Created in 2007 by the founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, One Drop’s main mission is to provide access to safe drinking water for all and, at the same time, to accelerate community development. Viewing water as an active force, one so powerful it can change the world, the One Drop Foundation turns “water into action” to ensure a better future for communities.

Water: a key component for improving the health of populations

One Drop’s support allows PRISMA 2 to significantly enhance its WASH activities in order to improve the health of women, girls and children. The non-profit organization contributes to the project by applying its “A-B-C for Sustainability” approach, which means Access, Behavior and Capital. This approach has been adopted by One Drop to help communities become more self-sufficient when it comes to water and how it is used.

The “Access” element provides people with infrastructures that improve access to drinking water, while the “Behavior” component use locally inspired social art forms to raise awareness, mobilize communities and influence positive behavioral change over the long term. Finally, the “Capital” component offers financial and entrepreneurial training as well as microloans to support market-based solutions, local agricultural production, economic growth and improved community well-being.

Based on this approach, One Drop provides complementary support to the following PRISMA 2 WASH interventions: infrastructure building/rehabilitation in health facilities, training monitoring and coaching of providers and support staff, community awareness on good WASH practices through social art, equipment supply and sustainable financing.

Without a doubt, the PRISMA 2 Project will benefit greatly from One Drop’s contribution as it will strengthen the capacity of communities to provide a healthier environment for women, girls and children living in Artibonite.