Deep Springs International

to improve life in developing countries by identifying and encouraging the use of affordable water purification systems, teaching the importance of proper household water treatment, and creating new business opportunities for local people
Feb 1, 2013

4th Quarter 2012 UPDATE

Haitian girls at World Handwashing Day demo
Haitian girls at World Handwashing Day demo

We are continuing our efforts to provide clean water for 900,000 rural Haitians families who are without. 

Some recent accomplishments include:

  • Completion of partnership contract with CESVI, and Italian NGO
  • Contracted to supply 99,000 bottles of our Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine solution to UNICEF
  • Selected as a Final candidate for a large water and sanitation project to reach thousands of families
  • Increased marketing activities (new website, logo, facebook and twitter)

World Handwashing Day

Recently, Deep Springs staff and volunteers had the opportunity to participate in this annual United Nations’ event to educate local school children and communities about the importance of hand washing.

Our 5 gallon bucket systems were used as the water dispensers for the demonstrations, which also gave us an opportunity to emphasize the importance of chlorine treatment and proper storage.    

Many learned that, even though water can be clean at the source, it can become contaminated by dirty hands, dirty containers, or by not keeping a lid on the container.

Investing in our Team

At Deep Springs, we recognize that an organization is people…and so there is no better investment than the one we invest into staff training and development.   Recently we had another round of training, in Milot (north) and Leogane (south).

Focus areas included: definition of leadership, styles of leadership, and strategic planning.  Many games and group dynamics were included to facilitate learning, and help the team bond. 

The concluding commitment of the team is one we can all embrace: “Though the road ahead may be painful, we will achieve our objectives TOGETHER!”  

Thank you again for supporting suffering families in Haiti who need life-giving clean water!

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Aug 1, 2012

Local Staff Retreat and Continued Expansion

Attendees at Staff Retreat in Jolivert
Attendees at Staff Retreat in Jolivert

DSI has always been committed to long-term impact and sustainability, and recently we have focused increasingly on investing in the human element of sustainability and promoting management by local staff.  For the first time, Field Supervisors from all around the country meet for a 3-day retreat in Jolivert (northwest Haiti) to share lessons learned and mentor each other as they develop strategy.  There were 14 attendees, and supervisors from each of four geographical sites presented how their project is structured to the rest of the group.  The Jolivert staff also gave a tour of their production facilities, as Jolivert was the first location that Gadyen Dlo was produced and has served as a reference point for other sites.  We also considered key performance indicators, discussed ideas for innovative approaches, and held a series of role play activities in which groups made presentations to each other.  The Supervisors said that they felt encouraged to meet each other and were energized to return to their programs and incorporate the concepts discussed.

DSI continues to expand in northern Haiti, particularly through our partnership with UNICEF and Cesvi.  We have trained 41 health agents about Gadyen Dlo who are part of the Ministry of Health network.  These agents have distributed bottles of Gadyen Dlo chlorine to over 11,000 families and are conducting household visits on an ongoing basis.  The focus in the months ahead is to distribute safe storage containers through a partnership with CDC, to transition from free distributions to sales of chlorine, and to increase visibility and promotion of Gadyen Dlo in the community.

Supervisor Miguel Exavier trains health agents
Supervisor Miguel Exavier trains health agents
Mar 26, 2012

Expansion and Optimization in the North

Presenting Gadyen Dlo at World Water Day
Presenting Gadyen Dlo at World Water Day

Our strategy for this year focuses on optimizing how Gadyen Dlo chlorine is delivered to families.  The mix of marketing, household visits, and sales mechanisms vary among each location where Gadyen Dlo is offered.  In the coming months, with the help of CDC and graduate students, we will be evaluating the effectiveness of these different models as we attempt to optimize how families have access to chlorine.  We are excited about the opportunities to improve our work and increase the number of families who treat their water correctly and consistently.

A particular focus in the coming months is on northern Haiti.  Through partnerships with UNICEF, DINEPA, and Cesvi, we will be expanding to 13,000 families (estimated 65,000 individuals) in the communes of Milot and Plaine du Nord.  We have hired two new Field Supervisors and are in the process of identifying and training over 50 chlorine resellers and health agents.  After families receive an initial free bottle of chlorine, the resellers will make refills available to these families.  The trainings will be accompanied by radio spots, promotion in schools, community events, and household visits.  We are excited to bring the lessons we have learned about community mobilization and promotion in other sites to guide our campaigns in Milot and Plaine du Nord.

Promoting Gadyen Dlo during Carnival in Leogane
Promoting Gadyen Dlo during Carnival in Leogane

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