Combat Haiti's Spreading Cholera Crisis

Apr 29, 2013

With solar power, our chlorinators can reach every community in Haiti

1. Solar Panel 2. Underground Pump 3. Chlorinator
1. Solar Panel 2. Underground Pump 3. Chlorinator

Can you believe it? There are now 945,000 Haitians with access to clean water because of the 245 chlorinators that we have installed.

Most of these wonderful people live in urban areas or by mountains, where they have access to a gravity-fed pipe system or electricity to power a pump. For quite some time, we have been searching for a way to bring clean water to rural communities that do not have access to electricity. Two months ago in Haiti, we found a solution: solar pumps! We have investigated using solar pumps before, but they were far too complicated and expensive, with costs ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Each of our new solar pumps only cost $1,250.

We completed our first solar pump and chlorinator installation at a school along the coast in Haiti called St. Laurent. There were 600 students without clean water. It was a very exciting day. After our team finished installing the pump and chlorinator we gathered around to see if it worked. We turned on the pump and heard the faint buzz of the pump below Mississippi...two Mississippi...we waited...until, yes! Water went swiftly through the chlorinator and into the tank. It worked! After our initial celebration we began testing the water to make sure that it was treated. Sure enough, it was. Now, the 600 students at St. Laurent have clean water, and we found a solar pump that will enable us to provide clean water to almost any community in Haiti.

Our most urgent goal is to complete nine new solar pump and chlorinator installations in the Artibonite region, where 150,000 Haitians have neither clean water nor electricity. We will be working with Rain Catchers, a group from North Carolina. They have been installing these solar pumps in Haiti and throughout South America and Africa for several years now. We need $25,000 to pay for the PVC pipes and the nine solar pumps, solar panels, batteries, and inverters that we will need in the Artibonite region. Please donate today to help us bring clean water to these people.
Your continued support has been inspiring. Together we can help the 150,000 Haitians in the Artibonite region.
All the best,The International Action Team

Dec 31, 2012

Let's give 150,000 more Haitians clean water!

Father Dessalines helping children in the Artiboni
Father Dessalines helping children in the Artiboni

This Holiday Season...

Join us in celebrating 2012! Our newly designed Chlorine Bank Network has the potential to provide all of Haiti with clean water for years to come. Furthermore, over the past year we have provided clean water to nearly 200,000 more Haitians with our chlorinators. That means that overall, 900,000 Haitians are leading healthier lives because of our efforts and your support.

And we hope to reach even more...

In 2013, we hope to bring 150,000 more Haitians clean water. In order to do this, we need to raise $50,000.

We are very happy that Father Dessalines, a very compassionate Haitian leader, brought to our attention that there are still 150,000 Haitians living in the Artibonite River Valley without access to clean water. He told us that cholera hit the area very hard and that because of contaminated water, intestinal worms and skin rashes are very common. We must act quickly, but we need your help.

From all of us at International Action, thank you for your tremendous support. Happy Holidays!

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



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
Aug 29, 2012

Thousands in need of clean water after Storm Isaac

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.

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

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Zach Brehmer

Washington, DC United States

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