Jean is 12 years old. His story is a resonating one, which offers hope and shows how chlorine is so instrumental in improving health in Haiti. Jean lives with his 7 brothers and sisters and his father, who is slowly going blind. This past August, Jean's father became ill with cholera, causing vomiting and diarrhea, and becoming severely dehydrated in the process. Jean walked his father to the nearest hospital to receive treatment-which was miles away, but at the only price they could afford. Jean's father received sufficient medical attention, but their town still lacked clean water. A small Haitian-run non-profit reached out to International Action. We acted as quick as we could, first sending a bucket of granular chlorine so the families in the town could treat their household water until we arrived with the chlorinator. Now, Jean's town has clean water and his father has regained his strength to the level where he is able to farm mangos, allowing Jean to go to school full-time.
International Action and Vwa Ayiti (Voice of Haiti) are pleased to announce our merger this upcoming January!
Our organizations have been operating in Haiti since 2006 and collaborating since 2010, creating a great deal of synergy in both technological development and project management. International Action provides municipal water treatment to urban neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince and surrounding regions, while Voice of Haiti provides treatment in underserved rural communities.
It is our common belief that access to clean water ensures a solid foundation for good health – the key to community development – empowering both families and individuals. Combined, we have provided clean water to 975,000 people! We will keep you informed as the merger approaches and ask for your continued support.
Together we will become stronger, more efficient, and better positioned to fulfill our common goal of providing clean water to over 1 million people in 2014!
The International Action Team
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 us...one 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
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!
“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 CarrefourThanks 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 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
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