Wenatchee Rotary is supporting two related clean-water projects in Haiti. One is a water filter system in the town of Milot. The other is a a District-Wide Project, a larger water system in the town of Ferrier, in coordination with a group called HANWASH.
     The Wenatchee Club (227) has had in interest in Milot, Haiti, since April, 2010. Milot is the site of a large regional hospital which has been visited by Wenatchee physicians for many years. Local Rotarians first joined those physicians after the earthquake of January 2010, and they saw an urgent need for purified water. Wenatchee Rotary subsequently provided water-bucket filters and then a larger water filtration system that has been successful in providing clean water for the school and local families. Over the coming few years, the goal of this Milot project is to transfer it to local control such that it is self-sustaining.
     Wenatchee Rotary also funded a now-self-sustaining micro-finance credit project in Milot to help women start small home-based businesses to create family income.
     In 2018, Wenatchee Rotary began corresponding with the founders of a larger group that is working to bring clean water to all of Haiti. HANWASH is an acronym for for The Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy. in 2019 the club committed to become a "Champion" of one of the first four pilot projects organized by this group, which will be in the town of Ferrier, which is very close to Milot. This is an exciting and innovative District-Wide Project, and we welcome other clubs to become involved!
What can you do to become involved?
  • See the subpages about our projects in Milot and with HANWASH for more details about each project.
  • Let Wenatchee know you are interested in supporting one of these projects and to discuss how you and your club would like to be involved. 
  • Contact our Committee Leaders:
Carin Smith (Hanwash) or Bill Murray (Milot)
See additional files and links on this web page for more information.
Tax-deductible Donations for the Haiti Hanwash project may be sent to:
Wenatchee Rotary Foundation
PO Box 1723
Wenatchee, WA 98807