On behalf of the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) and PADF, we thank you for your generosity

1.4 Million People

NeeD Humanitarian Assistance in Haiti

In response to the worst hurricane to hit Haiti in five decades, the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) has partnered with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to provide urgently needed water purification systems to households and communities in the hardest-hit areas of southern Haiti. The donations from CaribDA members will support the purchase and shipment of Sawyer PointOne Units as well as the purchase of locally-sourced five-gallon buckets produced in Haiti at Plastech Industries Haiti.

PADF’s team in Haiti will transport the equipment from Port-au-Prince to the targeted areas and will work with community groups and local officials to ensure that they are equitably distributed. In addition, CaribDA and PADF will provide training on the proper use of the donated equipment to recipients through a “training of trainers” approach.”

The cost for one unit capable of treating up to 287 gallons (1,086 liters) per day is about about US $ 42.50 (includes the Sawyer Unit and two, five-gallon containers).  CaribDA’s goal is to purchase and donate 1,000 sets, through the generosity of its member organizations and individuals.  The Sawyer setup is simple to use, reliable, washable and has been deployed in emergency situations in the past to remove cholera and other life-threatening water born vectors. 

Gallery: Haiti after the Hurricane


The Caribbean Desalination Association ‘s Humanitarian Committee is responsible for creating and conducting programs and events focused on areas of concern to the CaribDA Membership in the Greater Caribbean and to promote humanitarian interest in the region specific to desalination, water reuse, sanitation and other related endeavors of interest to the Association. 


The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions. Your donation will go toward our hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean. We partner with local, grassroots organizations to ensure your gift goes where it is needed the most. Please consider an urgent monetary contribution. Priority needs are for emergency supplies such as potable water, hygiene kits and shelter materials.

PADF has an extensive network throughout the Caribbean that includes grassroots groups and community-based organizations in the affected areas. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF responds to the region's major natural disasters and humanitarian crises.