The work and impact that Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries has had in Haiti are unique in their breadth and effectiveness. While the work that has been done has been successful, much more work still needs to be done in order to improve the overall quality of life in Haiti to international standards. Based on this premise, CEDC has an opportunity to expand and continue its work in order to positively affect even more communities. In order to accomplish this, our mission is to establish a living-learning Center of Excellence in the Central Plateau of Haiti to be a base through which CEDC can continue its work and a model that addresses global challenges and sustainable development goals.
Those living in developing countries often do not have a proper way to dispose and treat human waste, leading to rampant spread of diseases such as cholera. In Haiti, most people openly defecate or use pit latrines. Because of this, fecal matter contaminates the water supply. Biodigesters provide a way to sustainably treat waste and prevent disease. They retain and break down solid waste through anaerobic digestion and then release methane and a nutrient-rich effluent.
Aquaculture in Haiti has the potential to provide a sustainable food source for the high number of individuals who are extremely food insecure. There are multiple fish farms owned by community members in Ba Cange, located in the Central Plateau of Haiti. Aquaculture in Haiti primarily takes the form of the small-scale farming of pink and gray Tilapia. There are many fish farmers operating in this area, however the scales and operational procedures of these farms vary greatly. Despite utilizing all of their available resources, these farms are producing at only a fraction of their potential.
Zanmi Lasante is currently reliant on the Haitian grid, which can be unreliable with frequent power outages, and a diesel generator, which is expensive for its electricity. In order to address the inconsistent and expensive electricity, our mission as the hydropower group is to develop a reliable, consistent, and safe source of power for Cange by using the water pressure from the nearby spring.