October 3, 2012
I volunteered with Clean Water for Haiti in 2008 for six months. I helped with a variety of projects and loved being able to live and work alongside them. The organization understands the country and the people they are working with very well. This is essential and allows them to have a huge impact with those they are serving. Haiti is a hard place to work and this organization is one of the few I met there that was one the ground, empowering people to change their lives and not just giving hand-outs. Most of the work being done is by locals they have trained and who are equipped to help their own families, communities, and country as a whole. They do an awesome job at teaching about sanitation, water quality and health in the training classes they hold. They distribute thousands of filters every year that help people with the basic need for clean water. This helps prevent disease and sickness, hospital visits, and medication expenses that result for poor water. I was grateful to get to work with them and learned so much about how to really help people who are need. I saw first-hand how to not perpetuate the cycle of poverty people or create paternalism with those you are serving. Great organization, great people, great work!
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