International Action

International Action collaborates with partner groups and local communities in Haiti to build up local capacities in water resource management; raise the public's awareness of water-related health issues; advocate for water-related policies and development priorities that ensure equitable and affordable access to clean water for all; and support community-based water purification and distribution projects. We have also been involved with rural water projects in Honduras and China.
Aug 25, 2014

A New Installation Brings 312 Students Clean Water

Fabias school site
Fabias school site

Fabias, located in rural Artibonite a few miles outside of Port-au-Prince, is home to over 30,000 people. Isolated and with very limited water resources, Fabias has only had one well with a hand-pump to supply water for the thousands in the town.  Up until now, that is. International Action Director, Jeffery Sejour, was fortunate to be there the day we delivered and installed the first water tank at a local school, Presbytérale School of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the three community centers in Fabias we will be providing with clean water.

“When we first got there, a crowd of excited kids ran up to our truck from the school yard. Father Alexis Robinson, who is in charge of the school, told us how very appreciative he was of the new water treatment system and that this was a great opportunity for the community, especially the children, who will benefit the most from access to clean water.”

The new 2,000 gallon water tank, pump, and chlorinator International Action has provided will give over 300 students and their families the gift of safe, clean water for many years to come. Three spigots inside the school will provide water for the 312 students, aged kindergarten through sixth grade, while three spigots on the outside the school fence will server their families in the community. In Fabias, clean water will not only mean improved health for families and their children but will also mean that students at Presbytérale School of St. Francis can focus on learning and not on their thirst. It will mean less time collecting water, a task that often falls on children, and more time in the classroom, where they belong.

Jul 1, 2014

Partnering with other NGOs to De-Worming more Kids

Kids receiving de-worming pills
Kids receiving de-worming pills

In the last couple of months we have made great progress in advancing our mission to de-worm Haiti. Much of Haiti’s population is infected with intestinal worms that can take almost 20% of a person’s daily nutritional intake. This is especially damaging to children who then suffer from malnutrition and even risk death, despite already struggling to be fed. We have long known that ridding Haiti’s people of intestinal worms is crucial in rebuilding the country. This is why we have advocated for better sanitation and worked to bring clean water to hundreds of communities. In addition to this, we are tackling this problem more heads on with the use of albendazole pills. Albendazole pills can kill intestinal worms in children and adults and are considered some of the most cost-effective ways to combat poverty and promoting health worldwide. The World Bank recommends giving de-worming pills to children in high-risk areas.

We have provided many communities with albendazole pills. Since this year we have been working with Mission Starfish to supply them with the necessary medicine. One nurse wrote a letter thanking us for our help. She had gone to many pharmacies around her town and it was not until she found International Action that she was able to receive the much needed de-worming pills for her children at the medical clinic. More recently, we partnered up with G.O.A.L.S. Haiti who work to rebuild Haiti through soccer. In March we helped them de-worm more than 400 kids in Haiti. Later in May we were able to provide them the albendazole pills for 115 children in Leogane, Haiti. Finally, this past month we helped 322 people, with more being dewormed soon.

It is our goal to help the people of Haiti in this simple and affordable way that makes such a significant difference. Just $50 will purchase 2,500 de-worming pills, which will protect 1,250 children from intestinal worms for one entire year. This initiative increases school attendance by reducing the prevalence of diarrheal disease in children

Jun 16, 2014

Cholera Intervention from the Field

Girl carrying bucket
Girl carrying bucket

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there have been nearly 700,000 reported cases of cholera and over 8,000 deaths, with an estimated 1,000 more each year until water sanitation has improved. International Action’s immediate response entailed tackling the problem at the source of the outbreak, the Artibonite departement in northern Haiti. We first met with Haitian water department officials and partners to strategize a coordinated solution to the spreading epidemic. This potentially fatal waterborne disease can easily be prevented and treated with proper sanitation and access to clean water. We have dedicated ourselves to supplying and installing multiple chlorinators and water tanks throughout Artibonite and distributing chlorine tablets to organizations addressing the public health crisis.

Recently, we established a new site in Fabias that was featured on CNN International. Located in Artibonite, a rural area outside of Port-au-Prince, Fabias is isolated with very limited water resources. Up until now they have had only one well with a hand-pump. Many provincial villages do not receive as much aid as the cities, so it was especially important for us to reach this region. Our Associate Director was able to witness the delivery and installation of the first water tank in the community by the Presbytérale School of St. Francis of Assisi, with two other tanks having been installed since then. The people of Fabias were very welcoming and were instrumental in the accomplishment of this project.

International Action is looking to continue these efforts in other provincial areas and we already have plans to install a new clean water system with a tank, chlorinator and pump in the rural areas of Chapelle Saint Joseph and Poste Pierrot.

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