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.
Jul 13, 2012

282 families in West Haiti will have clean water

These sisters in Grand Savanne need clean water
These sisters in Grand Savanne need clean water

We estimate that at 110 community sites and 160 school sites, our chlorinators help protect over 760,000 Haitians from waterborne diseases. However, there are many Haitian communities that still need clean water.

One area of Haiti that we are working to bring clean water to is the city of Leogane. We have installed chlorinators on several community water stations in Leogane, but there are many surrounding communities that we have not been able to reach. Grand Savanne is one of these communities. We need $2,000 to bring clean water to Grand Savanne.

With your help, we can reach this goal!   

Our hope is to begin installing chlorinators in Grand Savanne by late September. Along with community leaders and local organizations, we will be working with Sustain Haiti, another U.S.-based non-profit. In April of 2012, Sustain Haiti was contacted by the community leaders in Grand Savanne. Sustain Haiti was asked by the leaders of Grand Savanne to hold agriculture, health, and business classes – there are now 2-3 free classes per week in Grand Savanne.

Despite being well-led and organized, the residents of Grand Savanne are without clean water. On behalf of Grand Savanne, Sustain Haiti has asked us to help this community make clean water a reality.

There are two community organizations in Grand Savanne, one for women and one for the general population. These two groups have previously mobilized their community, independent of any outside NGOs, to bring electricity to their church, which serves as a school and a community center. Pastor Emmanuel, the president of the general population organization, and Bijoux Kamitachka, the president of the Grand Savanne Organization for Women, have both expressed their complete support in bringing chlorinators to their community.

282 families (approximately 2,200 people) reside in Grand Savanne. Once the chlorinators are installed, it will only cost $32 a month (the cost of chlorine) for the community to provide clean water to all 282 families. An amazingly low cost to provide something that is so important: clean water. 

For $2,000 we can install the entire Grand Savanne chlorinator system. With $2,000 dollars the 2,200 residents of Grand Savanne will have clean water for years.

Thank you for your ongoing support, it enables us to help thousands of Haitian families with access to clean, safe water. 

 

Warm regards,

The International Action Team

Jul 13, 2012

11 More Schools to Have Clean Water

In the month of July, International Action's Southeast team is going to bring 11 more schools clean water. These 11 schools are located in the cities of Jacmel and Bainet. All 11 schools have agreed to let local residents access their clean, safe water after school hours.

We continue to help young girls in Haiti by improving the quality of their educational institutes. One of the schools that we will be working with in July is an all girls school with over 1,200 students.

Please follow our page here at Global Giving and on our website, www.HaitiWater.org, to stay abreast of our progress in the Southeast of Haiti. Thank you for all the support.

 

Best regards,

The International Action Team

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Apr 16, 2012

137,500 more children to be protected from worms

It has been well documented by many public health experts, including Dr. Dean Karlan (faculty at Yale University and author of More than Good Intentions), that protecting children and families from intestinal worms is one of the most effective ways of reducing diarrhea and improving school attendance rates. All it takes is 2 doses of albendazole a year to protect children from intestinal worms, just two. As a result of the success of our de-worming campaign, we have decided to increase its reach. 

In partnership with AmeriCares, we will help treat 140,000 children -- at thirteen different clinics and hospitals -- who are afflicted with intestinal worms. 140,000 children will be healthy enough to attend and thrive in school. Health, education, and jobs are three of the most important sectors in Haiti that need improvement. Our De-worming Campaign helps improve all three.

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