A reason to give thanks! Clean Water in the city of l'Estère!
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is two days away. Although it has been a very difficult year for many of us, Thanksgiving Day always offers us an amazing opportunity to reflect and express gratitude for the often-overlooked blessings in our lives. Without a doubt, if you are able to read this newsletter, you are blessed in so many ways. And you may ask, how? According to one of my favorite authors, Anna Quindlen, the answer is very simple; one simply has to realize that life is the best thing ever, and you have no business taking it for granted. The people of Haiti understand this too well.
The great American novelist and activist, James Baldwin, once said that we must look unblinkingly at the circumstances, confront the constructed reality, face the tears of the wounded, and harness ourselves to a great collective effort toward justice.
Doug Frye, an assistant minister at the Rio Revolution Church, recently contacted International Action because of our water treatment expertise. This church creates prison ministries and maintains an orphanage in Haiti. Upon their last visit to the Mirbalais prison, it became apparent to them that the standard of water quality in the prison was atrocious, causing widespread disease in the inmate population.
During the month of October, our team in Haiti has been making a lot of progress on helping populations that have been struck by hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. We have installed a large chlorinator in Arcahaie, a town located on the Western coast about 20 miles above Port-au-Prince. This chlorinator provides clean water for the 100,000 inhabitants. In collaboration with CAMEP, the entity in charge of water supply in the Metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, three more chlorinators have been set up on water tanks in Delmas 65 and Foyeau-ville, two neighborhoods of the capital.
International Action recently installed one LF 1000 chlorinator in Domond; a town located about 15 km away from the city of Mirebalais. This neighborhood was formed under the government of Francois Duvalier. The Péligre dam project for the biggest hydrolelectric factory in the country, led the President to relocate people of the region who lost their land and goods in this small area now called Domond.