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.
Nov 21, 2012

Do Something Amazing: Help Us Ensure That Rochelle & 900,000 Haitians Have Clean Water for Years.

Rochelle With Her Sisters
Rochelle With Her Sisters

“One of the best days I can remember is when I discovered that the water station in my neighborhood had safe drinking water.”
-Rochelle, a nursing student, from Carrefour

Thanks to you, Rochelle’s community got the clean water they needed, but she and the 900,000 Haitians we serve want to ensure that they will be able to keep using their chlorinators. 

A locally run chlorine distribution system will make the chlorinators permanent. We call this system the Chlorine Bank Network and we need $100,000 to create it.

Before we installed chlorinators in Rochelle’s neighborhood, there was no safe water to drink.  Waterborne diseases including cholera, typhoid and chronic diarrhea were widespread.

One of Rochelle’s sisters had to stop going to school for two months because she had chronic diarrhea caused by contaminated water. Rochelle and her sisters had to purchase water for drinking, depleting money their parents had saved for school. 

Once there was clean water, life got better. 

Rochelle’s sister recovered and has not missed any school in two years. Rochelle will be starting nursing school in 2013, paid for by the money her family saved on water. 

There are 900,000 Haitians that have a story like Rochelle’s. This has been made possible by the chlorinators that you paid for.

Haitians like Rochelle and the 900,000 we serve are looking to improve their living standard. They are ready to take ownership of their chlorinators and wellbeing.     

Haitians want the Chlorine Bank Network. In fact, it was their idea. They have the tools, they just need our help and your support.

If you give $5,000, we will find four other donors to fund a Chlorine Bank at $20,000. If you give $50 we will 400 other supporters. The facility will serve 10,000 Haitians for many years to come. 

Please, do something amazing today, give the precious gift of clean water to more children and adults like Rochelle.

All the best,

The International Action Team

 

P.S.

The Chlorine Bank Network works as follows: 

1) There is a central chlorine bank located in Port-au-Prince. The Central Chlorine Bank purchases chlorine tablets 
2) The central bank then distributes the chlorine tablets to branch banks throughout Haiti 
3) Community leaders purchase chlorine tablets from the closest chlorine bank

Once the Chlorine Bank Network has been established, International Action will turn over operations to bank staff and the communities that the banks serve. Each community that buys chlorine tablets from the Chlorine Bank Network will have a representative on the board. This Chlorine Bank Network Board provides communities a voice. 

The network will grow to be a citizen advocate group. Chorine Bank Network members will be able to communicate directly with government officials and distant local leaders, providing a platform for communities to rally together. 
The Chlorine Bank Network runs democratically. All members will have an equal say and vote on Chlorine Bank Network matters. Collectively, they will determine the selling price of chlorine for all of the chlorine banks.

Our Chlorine Bank Network is sustainable. Funds for community leaders to purchase chlorine will come from their local water stations. People are charged 1 to 10 US¢ by water stations for every bucket they fill. Some of this money is used by the community leaders to buy more water, and the rest is spent on chlorine.

Initially there will be five banks each costing $20,000 to build, supply, and staff. 

The Chlorine Bank Network is an important initiative. It will:


Offer better representation for communities

• Create jobs

Give communities complete ownership of their chlorinators and water safety

Future Chlorine Bank Location
Future Chlorine Bank Location
Nov 1, 2012

Cite Soleil Schools in need after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has swept through Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. Government officials have confirmed that 54 Haitian lives have been claimed by the storm, nearly twice the deathtoll of Tropical Storm Isaac, which hit Haiti less than two months ago.

As of October 30, 2012, President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe declared a State of emergency throughout Haiti because of the 54 deaths and the many problems the country now faces after the storm.

14,000 families have been left homeless, cholera is on the rise, and thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed resulting in a food shortage and price hike. 

Haiti's south was not the only region affected by the storm. In Port-au-Prince, thousands of school children in Cite Soleil are now without clean water because of the flooding caused by both Sandy and Isaac. The health of the children in Cite Soleil has been one of our main focuses over the past two years.

Because of the damage in Cite Soleil, we are going to truck water to the Cite Soleil schools so the children have clean water and can continue to learn. Diarrhea caused by waterborne diseases is the main reason children miss school in Haiti. The last thing these kids need is to miss a significant amount of school, as it will abate their abilty to find a good job as adults.   

Oct 31, 2012

3500 Haitian Children Protected from Worms

Nadine and Yosan
Nadine and Yosan

3,500 children in the communities of Ranquitte, Kenscoff, Leogane, Cavillion, and Coix-des-Bouquet are now protected from intestinal worms. It only took one month for all of these children to be reached with albendazole, a de-worming medication.

Many of these children had been struggling to stay in school because of the intense stomach cramps and chronic diarrhea that intestinal worms cause. One of the main reasons children miss school in Haiti is diarrhea caused by waterborne disease and intestinal worms. When children have diarrhea, their parents keep them home from school.

Innovations for Poverty Action released a study showing that school-based de-worming programs can generate an extra year of education for only $3.50 per student.  

Albendazole has enabled Abraham, the oldest child in the picture below, and his two siblings to fight off intestinal worms and return to school. They live in Ranquitte, a modest town in Northern Haiti. The people in this town have been dealing with water and sanitations issues for a long time. 

Nearly half of the children in Ranquitte had intestinal worms. Abraham had to stay home to help his parents watch his younger siblings because they had severe diarrhea caused by the intestinal worms. All three children were missing a significant amount of school.

Some friends of International Action, a group of nurses from Michigan, informed of us of these conditions. Brenda and her team of nurses were planning to visit Ranquitte in late September to provide the community with free access to healthcare. But they did not have any albendazole. International Action quickly provided the nurses with 1,000 albendazole pills.

900 children received doses in 2 days.

The benefits were seen and felt immediately. Children stopped having diarrhea and stomach aches. After four days, Abraham and his brother and sister were able to return to school. They have not missed a day of school since they received albendazole.

Many of the 3,500 Haitian children have a story like Abraham’s. This has been made possible by the albendazole that we have been able to provide them with your help.

Jodiel, Abraham, and Abigail are safe from worms
Jodiel, Abraham, and Abigail are safe from worms
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