International Action/Haitiwater.orgThe month of May proved to be very successful for the Campaign for Clean Water in Haiti. This past month, International Action installed 21 chlorinators in Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Carrefour and other towns. These installations are benefiting approximately 100,000 people. The record setting pace was fueled by International Action’s strategic plan to protect the population from waterborne illnesses, such as cholera, during the current rainy season. Community Interventions & ongoing cholera responseIn collaboration with the DINEPA and partner organizations such as Action Contre la Faim and Le Comité International de la Croix Rouge, International Action experienced great success installing new chlorinators and restoring old ones that were damaged in the quake last year. In many cases, ACF or the CIRC restored the water tanks, DINEPA provided the water, and International Action installed the chlorinators to protect the residents.In collaboration with Le Comité International de la Croix Rouge, the following chlorinators were also installed.Drouillard 1 - N : 18034.920’ Wo : 72019.570’Drouillard 2 - N : 18034.920’ Wo : 72019.570’Drouillard 3 - N : 18035.028’ Wo : 72019.566’Drouillard 4 - N : 18035.103’ Wo : 72019.522’CGI Successful Partnership - IA and AIRIn addition to community interventions, International Action installed 12 chlorinators and 2,000-gallon tanks in schools through its partnership with the American Institute for Research. All of the installations were completed in the month of May, increasing students’ access to clean water. Please see below for school names and location. # School GPS Commune Department1 Collège John Wesley N : 18033.289’ Wo: 72017.501’ Léogane Ouest2 Collège Frère Laroche Foucault N : 18030.534’ Wo: 72036.958’ Léogane Ouest3 Collège Cœur de Jésus N : 18033.006’ Wo: 72019.005’ Port-au-Prince Ouest4 Ecole Nationale K-Dougé N : 18032.749’ Wo: 72020.3184’ Jacmel Ouest5 Collège Pierre Mendas N : 18025.980’ Wo: 72051.795’ Petit-Goave Ouest6 Ecole Nationale du Sacre-Coeur N : 18025.999’ Wo: 72051.814’ Petit-Goave Ouest7 Ecole Nouvelle Lune N : 18032.061’ Wo: 72019.672’ Port-au-Prince Ouest8 Ecole Ruben Marc N : 18032.575’ Wo: 72020.522’ Port-au-Prince Ouest9 Ecole Nationale Congréganiste Saint Charles N : 18032.351’ Wo: 72024.622 Carrefour Ouest10 Ecole Mixte Rodney Damas N : 18031.899’ Wo: 72024.415’ Carrefour Ouest11 Ecole Evangélique Maranatha N : 18031.562’ Wo: 72021.205’ Port-au-Prince Ouest12 Sacré-Cœur / Marie Gosetti N : 18032.122’ Wo: 72020.987’ Port-au-Prince OuestWater Trucking International Action’s water truck delivered 20,000 gallons of clean water to schools in Cité Soleil and internally displaced person’s camps. 32 different sites receive clean water on a weekly basis. The water truck only delivers water to sites that have no DINEPA water infrastructure.Conclusion: International Action’s Campaign for Clean Water is gaining tremendous momentum and making new friends along the way. We’ve added 100,000 new beneficiaries this past month. Our simple, affordable, and effective water chlorination system has proven that it can provide clean water on a community level anywhere in Haiti. To fulfill our commitment of reaching 2.5 million people, we are seeking funding and sustainable partnerships through the CGI. We are very thankful for the CGI for providing us with the platform to showcase our work, create partnerships, and contribute to Haiti’s reconstruction.
Cholera resurgence is heavily hitting the community of Carrefour. Our team will focus its efforts in that zone to bring a solid response. We will work with the local community such as the mayor, delegates, and water board leaders. International Action will use all of our human and financial capacities to accomplish the following tasks:
- Massive distribution of granular chlorine
- Refill chlorine in chlorinators and complete check ups
- Offer cholera education to the public
International Action installed a 2000-gallon water storage tank at a maternal clinic in the Boston section of Cite Soleil, the most impoverished town in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Our water tank will supply patients at the clinic as well as local residents with clean drinking water. According to the head of the clinic, more than 7,000 people live in the neighborhood. Shelly Chvotzkin – an employee at the clinic – has stated “This will help us to better care for our patients and have a bigger impact on their lives as well as help us save lives!” GPS is as follows: 18°34′ N 72°19′ W
In response to the growing demands for clean water from the internally displaced people living in camps throughout Port-au-Prince, International Action has launched a new initiative to fulfill the urgent requests for intervention. We purchased a new water truck, 1,000-gallon capacity, which will serve several camps, clinics, and schools in the metropolitan Port-au-Prince area.
The new water truck will allow us to expand our services to a part of the population that has virtually been forgotten. According to the International Organization of Migration (IOM), approximately 800,000 people remain in tarpaulin camps. Moreover, there is no doubt that the internally displaced people are the most vulnerable to the cholera epidemic and other waterborne illnesses. According to a new study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School, the epidemic now has the potential to spread the disease to nearly 800,000 people— twice the earlier estimate. Our strategic plan to protect more lives entails installing our 2000-gallon water tanks in numerous camps throughout Port-au-Prince. Furthermore, using our 2,000-gallon water tanks as distribution points, our new water truck will deliver clean water to camp residents, protecting them from cholera and other waterborne illnesses.
As you already know, we’ve recently delivered 150-gallon water tanks to 73 schools in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s most densely populated and impoverished commune. The new water truck will allow us to deliver clean water to some of the schools that lack the infrastructure to catch the municipal water supplied by the National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA), the government entity currently operating in Haiti to manage water related issues.
As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Haiti Action Network, we’ve made a commitment to provide clean, safe water for all 2.5 million Haitians in Port-au-Prince through the installation of our water tanks and chlorinators. There is no better way to start than giving the gift of clean water to the displaced people who need it most.
Haiti’s future rests in the hands of her most valuable resource—Children. Yet, the children of Haiti continue to bear the brunt of poverty and misery. One year after the earthquake, many children are roaming the streets of Port-au-Prince without proper homes, schools, and clean water.
Having grown up in Haiti with worms and exposed to waterborne diseases, I understand the acute dangers of living without clean water. I remember vividly the small worms that we had to remove by hand in the water buckets in our house. The frequent trips to the local clinic were a constant reminder that each sip of water was a risk and could be the last. As such, ensuring that the water source is safe, secure, and sustainable for my younger Haitian brothers and sisters has always been a personal and professional priority. International Action has granted me the opportunity to do just that.
In Haiti, one child out of every eight dies before the age of five of preventable diseases (such as diarrhea, typhoid, malaria) - the highest mortality rate among children in the Western Hemisphere. According to their respective reports, the World and Pan American Health Organizations ranked diarrhea as the second highest cause of death among children under the age of 5, accounting for 20% of deaths. The cholera outbreak, which has already killed more than 4,000 people, multiplied these figures and continues to put the lives of Haiti’s children at extreme risk.
To protect the lives of Haiti’s children, International Action is installing water tanks in schools throughout metropolitan Port-au-Prince and surrounding vicinity. We are currently providing clean water to 73 schools in the Cité Soleil area. Last month, we distributed 13 more 150-gallon water tanks to schools in Cité Soleil. Among the recipients –Ecole Mixte Frère en Jesus, Ecole Mixte des Vaillants, Ecole Mixte Evangelique de Secours, Collège Mixe Le Samaritain en Action. In total, we have 73 water tanks in schools in Haiti’s most impoverished and densely populated commune in Port-au-Prince. Our water tanks are providing clean water to 13,000 students in Cité Soleil.
Most schools in Haiti have no access to running water. Hence, lack of hygiene and sanitation has become a major problem for Haitian students. Many students fall sick regularly and are unable to attend classes. Consequently, they do not perform well at school. Our Campaign for Clean Water in schools is giving students the opportunity to get an education without fear of waterborne illnesses.
President John F. Kennedy once said that children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. In Haiti’s case, there is no doubt that her young people will lead her rebirth. Nearly half of the Haitian population is under 18 years old. The median age of the total population is 20.2. International Action is inviting you to join the Campaign for Clean Water for Haiti’s students and to be become equal partners in the belief that they are the best hope for the future. Consider making a donation to the children of Haiti today!
Wesley & the International Action Team
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