One of our most recent chlorinator installations occurred in Baillergeau, a city area with an interesting story. The area came to be called Baillergeau for a white American named Jo who lived in the area. The gate to his home was the only access to water for the community, so it became known as "Gate Jo", or in French "Barriere Jo", and eventually into the Creole "Baillergeau".
Dalebrun and his team installed 2 chlorinators in two water towers of 1,200 gallons in the neighborhood of Bel Air. Bel Air, a slum area with a population of about 13,000 people, is located in Port-au-Prince and has much gang violence.
Our Haitian coordinator, Dalebrun Esther was invited to speak about our Clean Water Campaign to a delegation including some members of U.S. Congress in the El Rancho hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he talked about our current water project and the chlorinator technology.
The total number of installed chlorinators has reached 37. International Action has ensured clean water for over 251,000 people (not including the 400 hospital patients served each day). The IA water team in Haiti has targeted more than 25 schools in the Cité Soleil area, 9 community reservoirs in Kenscoff, two reservoirs in Cité Canada, and 4 water tanks in Bel Air for the next installation phase.
The IAWater team, with a substitute technician standing in for Bastin while he is recuperating, has completed evaluations of water reservoir sites in Jalousie, L'hôpital Fermanthe, Mont Jolie, a school in Cité Soleil, and an orphanage in Kenscoff. The team also evaluated Hôpital St. Catherine's, which is currently staffed by Medicins Sans Frontiers, to assess its feasibility as an installation site. The team will install a chlorinator on each of its two water tanks.
International Action technician Joanes Bastin was lighting his oven when the propane gas tank it was attached to exploded. He was burned quite badly over his face, head arms, and upper body. He has a hard and painful recovery ahead of him as he has lost quite a bit of skin. His wife was also burned but not as badly. Joanes saved her by taking the brunt of the explosion.