International Action is trucking water all day long to bring clean, safe water to Haitians displaced by the storm. Your support is essential as we need $1,000 a week for three weeks to continue our water trucking efforts.Tropical Storm Isaac hit the coast of Haiti on Saturday, August 25. The effects were felt immediately. The water rose up to people’s waists, knocked down walls and poles, and damaged hundreds of houses. 24 Haitians have died as direct result of the storm and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes and tents; roughly 400,000 Haitians are still living in the tents they were given after the earthquake.The raised water levels have contaminated many wells throughout Haiti, which if not dealt with properly, could lead to another waterborne disease epidemic.International Action will be trucking water every day until these people are back in their homes and the contaminated wells have been fixed. Thank you again for your support in this time of great need.
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.
The International Action Team
International Action Haiti’s southeast water project aims to install chlorinators, water pumps, and water tanks in 54 schools in the Sud-Est department of Haiti, as well as in many hospitals and public water sites.
Timeline for school completion:
The installations of our chlorinators at each of the 54 schools, along with the creation of Water Boards will be completed by the end of June, 2012. The children are our first prioirty. The schools are going to open up their clean water stations to the public after school. This requires each school to have a Water Board.
1) Ecole Nationale Eximagilles – 433 students
2) Lycée Cely Lamour – 2,400
3) Lycée Pinchinat – 2,020 students
4) Efaca de Meyer – 596 students
5) Lycée de Cayes-Jacmel – 1,050 students
6) College les Quatres Evangelistes – 104 students
7) Centre d’Etudes Secondaire de Jacmel – 295 students
8) Lycée Celie Lamour – 2,400
9) École La Dignité -- 236
Total student population that now has clean water – 9534 Haitian students
Community Water Sites :
1) Cyvadier (with DINEPA) – 616 famlies
2) Meyer (with DINEPA) – 500 families
3) Saint Michel Hospital – 20,000 patients per month
Total population that now has clean water – approximately 6,000 Haitians year round and 20,000 patients per month
We are charging ahead with the Sud-Est Clean Water Initiative, centered around Jacmel, Haiti. By the end of June, we will have installed water treatment systems in 54 schools and many hospitals and public office buildings. February 7, 2012 marked the start of our full schedule of water treatment installations in the south-east of Haiti. We will complete three installations a week. You can check out reports from the field at www.HaitiWater.org to follow our progress.
The first wave of installations will include eight schools and one hospital. Collège les Quatre Evangelistes, a school, was the first completed on February 7. The 103 students of Collège les Quatre Evangelistes now have clean water because of their new 150-gallon tank and chlorinator. The students’ families and nearby residents in the neighborhood also have access to the clean water at the school.
To appreciate the full impact of the installation at Collège les Quatre Evangelistes, we have to look at who exactly we are helping, not just how many.
Collège les Quatre Evangelistes is one of the most innovative schools in all of Haiti. In large part this is because it is one of the most affordable schools in Haiti – many children in Haiti do not attend school because their parents cannot afford the price of private schools (all schools in Haiti are private schools.) The teachers are volunteers. This shows how important this school is: teachers are willing to volunteer on a near full-time basis. Collège les Quatre Evangelistes gives parents a chance to send their students to schools, regardless of how much they can pay.
The cost is not the only innovative aspect of this school. The school’s Director, Rigaud Emmanuel Rousseau, is teaching these 103 students not only academics, but also the importance of building up their community. The school’s mission is to give a quality education to students and to encourage them to help build up their community, both now and in the future.
Moreover, Mr. Rigaud also uses the school space for community events such as microcredit classes for women and nutrition programs for children.
“What you did for us today is beyond amazing. Can you imagine that we’ve been here for this many years without clean water? I promise to allow the community to come after school hours to also get clean water. Please thank your donors and may God continue to bless them. You’ve given us hope”
Rigaud Emmanuel Rousseau Director of Collège les Quatre Evangelistes
The clean water these 103 students, family members, and women of the community can now access will immediately improve their health, allowing them to spend less time collecting water and increasing the potential this school can offer to all students and community members involved.
Many thanks to all involved.
The International Action Team.
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.
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–
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.
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