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.
Jan 3, 2012

Books are the Foundation for Students' Success in 2012

Book Distribution
Book Distribution

The students in Cite Soleil are ready for 2012!  The Book Project is off to a great start in the new year.  Recently, International Action's Director of Operations in Haiti, Dalebrun Esther, led the first book-curriculm follow-up meeting for the teachers in Cite Soleil schools. In short, we found that the teachers and school directors are amazed by how well the children have responded. Representatives from 10 new schools came to the meeting because they had heard of our book program and its successes. They want to join.

4,175 books were donated to schools in Cite Soleil in 2011.  We will continue to donate even more in 2012. However, we realize that the way in which books are used is just as important as the quantity of books donated.  Our goal for the Book Project in 2012 is to have 30 more schools receive our books and integrate the books into their curriculm -- using the materials to teach basic reading, writing, and comprehension.

We look forward to the opportunities 2012 will bring these children in Cite Soleil.   

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Jan 2, 2012

Combatting cholera in the Southeast of Haiti

Clean water infrastructure at Ecole La Dignite
Clean water infrastructure at Ecole La Dignite

In collaboration with fellow Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network member Architecture for Humanity, International Action has installed the first clean water system for the Southeast water project at École La Dignité, a primary school in the town of Cayes-Jacmel. École La Dignité, headed by Mrs. Vivianne Vieux, is the only free private school in Jacmel. The school supports 8 localities, some of which are 3 km away from the school, including Corrail Soult, Nan Model and La Pierre. The school currently has 227 students from grades 1-6, but will now open its doors to students in grades 7 and 8.

International Action has installed a 2,000-gallon water tank and chlorinator at the school. According to Mrs. Vieux, the new clean water infrastructure means that her students will no longer go thirsty or have to worry about waterborne illnesses. Mrs. Vieux is also very happy that her students will no longer have to climb the steep hill home with buckets of water on their heads, because they now have clean water in their neighborhood.  

After the school day is done, Ecole La Dignite serves as a community center for local fishing communities, art programs, and church groups. All of these people will have access to the clean water provided by International Action’s water system. 

International Action’s Southeast water project aims to install clean water infrastructure in 50 schools in the region. École La Dignité is the first beneficiary. That’s one down, and 49 more to go. 

Ecole La Dignite - by AfH
Ecole La Dignite - by AfH
Oct 25, 2011

Back To School With Clean Water and Renewed Hope

Children helping to bring tank lid to their school
Children helping to bring tank lid to their school

Dear Friends,

 

Back to School! For students starting the new school year at Collège Chrétien Emmanuel, Ecole Nationale de Thozin, and Collège Vision Moderne, back to school supplies include… paper? (check)… pencils? (check)… uniform? (check)… and clean water? CHECK!  In July of this year we installed clean water systems at these three schools, ensuring the 2,193 students would have access to clean, safe water for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. 

Can you imagine having to include clean water on your school supply check list?  Many Haitian students cannot check off clean water as something they have to begin the school year. 16% of all children-under-five deaths in Haiti are caused by waterborne disease, according to the UN Special Task Force to Haiti. This must be improved. Under our watch, it will be.

In October 2010 we started our Clean Water for Schools project. Working with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and other partners we have helped provide clean water to 43,494 children at 161 schools throughout Haiti. Watch this video from Haiti. These kids are so excited about having clean water they are helping us carry the water tank lid up the hill!  They are excited because this is the first time they get clean drinking water at school.  What a great year this is for them. They will study in a new school assembled by American Institute for Research and quench their thirst with safe, clean drinking water from International Action.

They can hardly wait for the semester to start.  Can’t you feel their excitement?

 

Remember…..Your support has made this possible.

Here is how the program began:

October 2010 – In the communities where we had installed a chlorinator, children had access to clean, safe water. However, children were still getting sick because they were traveling outside their home community to go to school and were drinking untreated water at school. We started our Clean Water for Schools program to address the issue quickly.

How it grew:

April 2011 – By this point we had installed water tanks at 73 schools in Cité Soleil, the most impoverished community in Port-au-Prince. These schools together serve 12,994 children. We had also started to install clean water system in schools built by AIR – they had constructed 60 schools, with a grant from USAID, that were in need of clean water.

Where we are now:

August 201149,325 children now have access to clean water after less than a year of work – all because of YOUR support. The project with AIR has been completed. Now, other schools are asking for our help. 54 schools in the South East Department of Haiti have sent us help request letters.  There are over 24,000 children at these schools without access to water. We have responded and plan to start installing in January 2012.

None of this would have been possible without a full-team effort by our board members, our staff, our partners, teachers and parents in Haiti, and you. We thank you greatly for your help.

 

Warm regards and deepest thanks,

The International Action Team

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