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.
Oct 3, 2011

Death toll from cholera rises, International Action remains committed.

School Installation
School Installation

 

Dear friends,

According to news report that came out this morning, Haitian health authorities are saying that the number of deaths caused by cholera increased to 6,435 in Haiti since October 2010.

The Haitian Health Ministry said the number of people infected with cholera almost reached half a million, although the ministry repeated the epidemic was decreasing. The report said 455,727 people had been treated due to cholera, and 242,205 had to be hospitalized.

It’s not easy to read those statistics, especially for my colleagues and me at International Action. But we know that improvement in access to clean water saves lives. Sadly, clean water remains a luxury in Haiti; making our work all the more important and urgent.

You should know that we’ve been busy.

Last month, we installed chlorinators in 16 schools and 5 new communities.

The following Communities and more have clean water–

  • Fontaine I | GPS : 18 32.232’ N ; 72 21.552’ Wo | 15,000 people
  • Fontaine II | GPS : 18 32.088’ N ;  72 21.561’ Wo. | 7,500 people   
  • Fontaine III | GPS : 18 32.101’ N ; 72 21.547’ Wo. | 10,000 people
  • Fontaine IV | GPS :18 32.049’ N ; 72 21.476’ Wo. | 8,500 people 
  • Fontaine V | GPS : 18 32.063’ N ; 72 21.432’ Wo | 14,000 people 

The school installations were completed in Pétion-Ville, Delmas, Croix-des-Bouquets, Petit-Goâve, Thomazeu, and Aquin.

The results of our work are outstanding. According to a recent survey conducted by two Emory University graduates, 82 percent of households in chlorinator zones have a positive chlorine residual greater or equal to the World Health Organization standards; 90 percent of households in the neighborhoods where we serve get their water from our chlorinator; 91 percent of our beneficiaries believe that the water treated by our chlorinators is safe to drink.

In other words, the water source is protected by our chlorinators. We are protecting lives.

We would not be able to do it without you. Because of your support, we’ve been able to revolutionize water quality intervention in Haiti. With your donations, we can continue to provide clean water for the most impoverished men, women, and children in Haiti. Thank you for believing in us and our work in Haiti.

 

The International Action Team

The whole community participates!
The whole community participates!
Cholera prevention training, chlorine distribution
Cholera prevention training, chlorine distribution
Aug 17, 2011

IA Brings Water Treatment to Shantytown

In the Port-au-Prince, Haiti there is a large displaced persons camp called Martissant 2A. It has developed into a sprawling shantytown of 35,000 people, so desperately under served that local residents refer to it as the “lawless zone.” DINEPA, the Haitian government’s water agency, undertook an ambitious project this July to build five water stations throughout the area, joined by the International Organization for Migration and The International Red Cross. International Action accompanied the team to install chlorinators on the new governments water stations. Our systems will insure that the water provided to these 35,000 disadvantaged people will remain safe to drink.

Aug 17, 2011

IA Brings Water Treatment to Shantytown

In the Port-au-Prince, Haiti there is a large displaced persons camp called Martissant 2A. It has developed into a sprawling shantytown of 35,000 people, so desperately underserved that local residents refer to it as the “lawless zone.” DINEPA, the Haitian government’s water agency, undertook an ambitious project this July to build five water stations throughout the area, joined by the International Organization for Migration and The International Red Cross. International Action accompanied the team to install chlorinators on the new governments water stations. Our systems will insure that the water provided to these 35,000 disadvantaged people will remain safe to drink.

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