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KOLAB, short for KOLABORAYSON – collaboration in Haitian Creole - is an online platform designed to connect organizations in Haiti working on water-related problems.
Haiti is the most water-impoverished nation: out of all the countries in the world, it has the least water resources per capita. Many individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have stepped up to the challenge and are working to improve water conditions in Haiti.
In theory, this seems great: the more NGOs, the more financial resources and expertise available to create lasting change. In practice, however, there is a lack of collaboration and knowledge sharing among organizations. As a result, more NGOs in Haiti actually means more conflicting water projects and more wasted resources.
Through KOLAB, organizations can quickly and easily share information on their activities and observations on the ground, preventing wasted resources, and enabling Haitians to get better water sooner.
Better information means organizations are able to learn from each other’s mistakes, share contacts and resources, and coordinate on projects. With KOLAB connections, users will spend less time assessing current water issues, and can focus on designing and implementing better projects that provide better water to more Haitians.
Photography by Steven Gunter of Pearlsnap Photography at www.pearlsnapphotography.com. Taken during our trip to Crève in January 2012.