Gift Of Life

Today marks the 2 month point until Christmas!

As a Canadian, I think one of the great benefits of celebrating Thanksgiving in October is that we can guiltlessly start talking and thinking about and planning for Christmas as soon as the turkey platter is washed and put back in the cupboard. I won’t lie – I’ve had Christmas on the brain for quite a while already!

With Christmas only two months away, I know that time will go quickly. With the planning come the lists of gifts to make or purchase for everyone from friends and family, to teachers, co-workers, employers… the lists can get pretty big.

In the past few years people seem to be making more intentional choices about what to give as a gift for the special people in their lives, and are wanting to focus more on the reason we celebrate than the materialism.

As an organization we’ve offered a gift giving option for the past few years that’s ideal for people that want to give a gift that they know will make an impact. We’re doing it again this year!

Through our Gift of Life Campaign you can make a minimum donation of $10 in honor of someone on your gift list, provide us with their mailing info, and we’ll send them a gift card to let them know you’ve made a donation on their behalf to Clean Water for Haiti.

GOL 2013 Card Frong JPEG

Gift of LIfe card front.

Each bio-sand filter that we produce at Clean Water for Haiti costs about $55 US. That includes all labor, materials, transportation, delivery costs and follow-up visits and maintenance. Each filter installed in a Haitian home can provide enough water every day for about 8-10 people, meeting all of a households water needs.

Most families in Haiti are reliant on contaminated water sources for their drinking, cooking and bathing water. Water sources that look like this:


Water source in the Artibonite Valley where the majority of our filters go.

When we can provide a family with a filter, it can literally be life saving.

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A bio-sand filter in the process of being installed, running water for the first time!

But, it’s not just about water – it’s about development.

At Clean Water for Haiti we believe in doing development well, so each family that receives a filter actually contributes a small amount to the cost. The reason? It gives the filter some value in the eyes of the recipient, and it gives the family dignity in knowing that they made a choice to better the health of their family. The contribution is enough that it has significance, but small enough that even the poorest of the poor can afford it. We also use local labor to produce the filters, and we buy almost all of the materials used to build and install them locally. Essentially any donation made to Clean Water for Haiti gets spent twice – once on helping to supply filters, and the second time on providing employment and allowing us to participate in the local economy.

For more information on the Gift Of Life Campaign and to make a donation, please click on the link which will take you to the information and donation letter that you can print off.

GOL Letter 2013

Some people like to personally give out their donation gift cards, or tuck them in with another gift. If you would like to do that, just include a note to have the cards sent to your home, and be sure to get your donations in by the end of November so we can make sure they arrive in time for you to distribute.

We also have Gift Of Life for Groups for those working with churches, schools, service groups, or any other place that you think a group might be interested in participating. If you have a group that you’d like to do Gift Of Life with, please see the following links and print off the necessary quantities of each form and make them available to your group.

GOL Information for Groups 2013

GOL 2013 Tracking Form

 US Groups – GOL 2013 US Card Sample

Canadian Groups – GOL 2013 CWH Foundation Sample

Thanks for helping us share the Gift of Life this Christmas and holiday season! If you have any questions about the campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact me at The links for all of the above information and forms will also be on the side bar until after Christmas.


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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

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