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.
Dec 19, 2013

Impact of Albendazole in Croix-des-Bouquets

Mother holding baby while receiving medicine
Mother holding baby while receiving medicine

Haitians in the communities where we work, consider the Abendazole tablets that we distribute a blessing from heaven. After trying many different kinds of medication, they admit that only Abendazole healed their families. In an interview with Mrs. Hilda Esther, she throws her hands in the air and says, “Abendazole saved my family, it is a miracle working medicine!” Mrs. Hilda Esther lives with her husband and two daughters in Bon Repos, which is a town in Croix-des-Bouquets. Her eldest is 17 and her youngest is 5. They all have intestinal worms. She feels sorry for her daughters because children suffer the worst effects of intestinal worms. Especially her youngest daughter, Chistèle Laurenda Esther, who has a lack of appetite, wakes up from crying in the middle of the night, is always thirsty, and has terrible legions on her skin. Worst of all is that she misses a lot school and is falling behind. But since International Action started providing clean water and distributing Abendazole tablets in their neighborhood, the whole family is starting to feel healthier. Mrs. Hilda Esther is amazed at how fast the medicine works. She is very delighted that her husband can now stay in work and her daughter can attend school regularly. She thanks International Action for bringing the gift of medicine to her community and family.

Picture of medicine
Picture of medicine
Nov 21, 2013

Jean's Story

Happy to have clean water
Happy to have clean water

Jean is 12 years old. His story is a resonating one, which offers hope and shows how chlorine is so instrumental in improving health in Haiti. Jean lives with his 7 brothers and sisters and his father, who is slowly going blind. This past August, Jean's father became ill with cholera, causing vomiting and diarrhea, and becoming severely dehydrated in the process. Jean walked his father to the nearest hospital to receive treatment-which was miles away, but at the only price they could afford. Jean's father received sufficient medical attention, but their town still lacked clean water. A small Haitian-run non-profit reached out to International Action. We acted as quick as we could, first sending a bucket of granular chlorine so the families in the town could treat their household water until we arrived with the chlorinator. Now, Jean's town has clean water and his father has regained his strength to the level where he is able to farm mangos, allowing Jean to go to school full-time.

Nov 8, 2013

How Did Safe Water Lead to More Teachers?

School girl drinking clean water
School girl drinking clean water

Ten thousand people call Mont Jolly home. Clean water is available to them seven days a week because they have an International Action chlorinator. There is a small fee to buy water from the community tank, but even people from outside the neighborhood are willing to pay it because they know the water is safe. Since the installation of the chlorinator, water sales have doubled, accordingto community president Billy Osbene. Income from water sales now funds education for the children of Mont Jolly.

Although most people in Haiti live on less than $600 a year, the vast majority of schools are private. Usually, families pay dearly for their children to go to school, or teachers work as volunteers. The central government is trying to increase free public education, but the people of Mont Jolly decided to do it on their own. With funds from water sales, they hired eight school teachers. Children, many from the community’s poorest families, go to school for free in Mont Jolly.

The chlorinator brought clean water to Mont Jolly. Clean water brought public revenue. Public revenue paid teachers’ salaries, and made education attainable at last. And that’s how safe water led to more teachers!

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