- Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has more than 6 million people out of 10.4 million (59%) living under the poverty line (US$2.41 pe/day) and more than 2.5 million (24%) living in abject poverty (US$1.23 per day). 
- 36% of Haitians - more than 1 in 3 - do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. 
1 The World Bank. “The World Bank in Haiti." https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/haiti/overview.2 WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene. “Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines." Available at https://washdata.org/.
The building that you see in the background is part of the grounds belonging to the Little Brothers of St. Thérèse in Rivière Froide, commune of Carrefour. It was here in January 2018 that Richard and Molly Jesse were convinced to begin Make Water Safe for the World, Inc. They were on a mission trip with Friar Suppliers, a Catholic charity that supports the work of the Little Brothers. Also on the trip was Rodney Herrington, inventor of the small handheld H2gO water purifier for disinfecting water so that it is safe to drink. While our hope is to expand elsewhere in the future, we are working now in Rivière Froide.
Working with Aqua Research, Friar Supplers and the Little Brothers of St. Thérèse, we have a network with proven vetting and the ability to reach those who need safe water. Through this network, we are able to place H2gO Global purifiers in the hands of Haitians who will benefit the most. But purchasing the water purifiers is not enough.
There is an education component to what we do. The benefits of purifying your drinking water will not be realized unless the system is correctly and consistently used. It takes only a single drink from an unsafe water source to pick up a water-borne disease.