Humanist Charities: Stop the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

Humanist Charities is once again partnering with humanist volunteer Sebastian Velez and the Children of the Border project to build latrines for the people of Haiti to stop the growing spread of cholera in the area.

Cholera spreads by contact of fecal matter and drinking water due to lack of latrines in Haiti. Sebastian – through the Children of the Border project – and his team of humanist volunteers are working with the community of Fond-Jeannette, which is upstream from several other communities, to install enough new latrines to cover 100 houses. So far, only two latrines have been installed and ten more have been ordered for construction.

Here’s how the building system works: the volunteers purchases the tools for individual families to dig a 15-18′ hole (which takes about a week), plus the cement and other materials to build the latrine. A local mason works with each family to make sure each latrine is built with a solid foundation. The total cost of each latrine is $350.

This project is virtually free of overhead costs, since the community only needs funds for the purchase of materials and the expertise of the local mason.

Not only will your support provide convenience and hygiene of a single family, but it protects the community – and all the communities downstream – from the continued spread of cholera. Sebastian will provide photos of the construction process and the building of the latrines – so you can see how your donation is put right to work to help the people of Haiti.

Our goal is to have at least 30 more built by the end of the year, and we urgently need your help to provide this much-needed service to the people of Haiti.

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 to support the people of Haiti and stop the spread of cholera. A gift of $10, $25, $50 – or any amount – will make a difference in the lives of Haitians.

Donate online through our secure site at, by phone at 800-837-3792, or mail your gift to:

Humanist Charities
1777 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

For more information and updates on this project, visit