Last month, Father Dessalines of the St. Claire parish in Dessalines, Haiti approached International Action seeking our help. There are 150,000 people in four villages in the Artibonite Valley that need clean water. We have met with Father Dessalines and we will begin installing chlorinators in early 2013.
DINEPA, Haiti's national water agency, is very interested in expanding the future Chlorine Bank Network to the South Department of Haiti within the first 6 months of 2013. Dalebrun Esther, International Action's Director of Operations, met with DINEPA last week. Here is what he reported:
Hurricane Sandy has swept through Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. Government officials in Haiti are still assessing the damages caused by Sandy. The Hurricane comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Isaac, which killed 24 Haitians and forced many to abandon their homes temporarily.
October 15 is Global Handwashing Day! Washing your hands can decrease the risk of waterborne diseases by 20% and the risk of respiratory infection by 25%. It is especially important in places that lack effective water treatment and sewage systems. Please take some time to spread the word about hand washing, support a group that actively works to promote hygiene, or simply remember to wash your own hands with soap.
International Action has the complete support of Denis O-Brien, the founder of Digicel and the Chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative's Haiti Action Network. In a letter to the Director of DINEPA, Haiti's water agency, Mr. O'Brien clearly states his unwavering support for International Action's efforts to help nearly 1,000,000 gain access to clean water.
Every community in Haiti needs a water station with chlorinator like this one
There is a misconception that the cholera epidemic in Haiti is over. While the media coverage of the cholera epidemic has all but stopped, the spread of cholera has not. It still threatens hundreds of people’s lives everyday.
International Action is trucking water all day long to bring clean, safe water to Haitians displaced by Tropical Storm Isaac. Your support is urgently needed to help us continue our water trucking efforts.
Jeff Sejour and Zach just returned from Haiti: They found that most neighborhoods in Haiti are operating their own water stations and chlorinators independently and successfully. However, International Action delivers the chlorine tablets, which the chlorinators need to work. There are no distribution centers for chlorine tablets in Haiti besides International Action. There are tablets available at an import-export company, but they are sold individually at a very expensive rate.
A month and a half of hard work has yielded substantial results in the Southeast. 65,775 Haitian Southeast residents and students now have clean water because of our work over the past month and a half. That means that a total of 108,215 people are drinking clean water every day in the Southeast thanks to the hard work of community and school leaders, our staff, and you.
The progress of the Southeast Water Project continues. Working with DINPEA (the Haitian Water Agency), International Action has installed chlorinators, water tanks, and water pumps at 5 more schools. Three of these schools are the educational homes of more than 2,000 children each. These schools need a lot of water.
This cannot be said enough: Clean, safe water increases school attendance and a child’s ability to learn.
The new chlorinator, water tank, and water pump at K-Rock
Ecole Nationale de K-Rock in Jacmel is home to 2,000 students. Before this past month, there was no clean, safe water to be had at K-Rock. International Action changed this with the installation of a chlorinator, water tank, and water pump.
We have been championing cooperation among NGOs for some time in Haiti; it is a necessity to work with Haitian communities and other NGOs to make lasting change in Haiti. Cooperation has been built into our work in Haiti from the beginning. For every chlorinator we have installed, we coordinated with the involved Haitian community, DINEPA, and often with other NGOs. We then took this model of cooperation to our Cholera Prevention Consortium last year, in which International Action and 35 different groups disbursed chlorine to over 400,000 Haitians.
We are charging ahead with the Sud-Est Clean Water Initiative. By the end of May, we will have installed water treatment systems in 53 more schools and many hospitals and public office buildings. February 7, 2012 marked the start of our full schedule of water treatment installations in the south-east of Haiti. We will complete three installations a week. You can check out reports from the field to follow our progress.
Many water stations in Port-au-Prince are not open at night, because it has not been safe to keep them open. The neighborhoods in Haiti are without street lights, they have no light. It is not safe for women and children and to walk alone. Our new street lights make it safe for women and children to access the water they need at night. We have now brought 10 solar street lights to Haiti.
International Action's Sud-Est water project aims to install chlorinators, water tanks, and water pumps in 54 schools and many communities in the Sud-Est department of Haiti. So far, we have completed installations at eight schools and three community water sites.
International Action installed a 150-gallon tank and chlorinator at Collège les Quatre Evangelistes, a school located in the Sud-Est city of Marigot (just outside Jacmel). Now, 103 students, their families, and nearby residents in the neighborhood have access to clean, safe water.
The award-winning film follows the return of two Haitian brothers to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 to commemorate their grandfather's passing. To celebrate the life of the man who molded their childhood, they begin to build a kite. While they are building the kite they record the experiences of their countrymen. The kite eventually becomes a tapestry, depicting life in Haiti after the earthquake. Starting on January 12, 2012, you can share in their experience as LIFT UP will be released online at http://liftupmovie.com