On October 4th 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, killing over 800 people and leaving a wake of destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Fred Shilling, the vice president of Plumbers Without Borders (PWB) and long-time partner of CEJS and the Seattle University chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), traveled to Haiti to help our Haiti Tec partners prioritize rebuilding efforts. Thanks to dozens of generous CEJS donors, Haiti Tec apprentices installed a permanent drinking water treatment system in Grand Goave for 250 students who attend the school located at the St. Francis of Assisi church. An additional treatment system was installed at the Good Samaritan Foundation’s Haiti Mission in Cité Soleil which is one of the most impoverished areas of Port au Prince. We sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida and all of our individual donors for supporting this project.
In addition, after repeated flooding from hurricanes, an orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti is relocating to higher ground. With a grant from the Emerald City Rotary Club of Seattle, a groundwater well is being installed for the new orphanage which will be finished during summer 2017. If you would like to support our work, please click here.
Within days of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, Seattle University students and faculty began shipping drinking water treatment systems to Port au Prince. After sending three emergency relief systems, additional units were shipped to our CEJS partners at Haiti Tec which is a vocational school located in Port au Prince. With the help of professionals Fred Shilling , Rick Ehlert and SU alumnus Patrick Cummings (BSCE '08), Haiti Tec students installed these additional systems at two medical clinics and two schools, and they continue to support the testing and maintenance of these systems today.
In August 2015, Haiti Tec students installed a new treatment system in Port au Prince at Foyer d'Amour d'Haiti which is a school that serves approximately 200 children with disabilities. The treatment system will provide approximately 15,000 liters of safe water per day to the school and to surrounding neighbors. This project was supported by generous donations from Mr. Carlos Herrera and Seattle's Emerald City Rotary Club.
In June 2016, Haiti Tec students were joined by Jack McNamee from the Andrea Bocelli Foundation to install a drinking water treatment system for Notre Dame du Rosiare in Croix des Bouquets which serves over 250 students. All of this work is supported by CEJS and the Seattle University chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World. If you would like to help provide access to safe water in Haiti, please click here.