Ensure the sustainability of clean water in Haiti

 
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We are so close to finishing five, large, long-term water treatment systems. They will provide 16,000 Haitian families with every day access to clean, safe water. The chlorinators are installed. The pumps, water tanks and piping are all installed. The people are ready to finally have affordable, sustainable access to clean, safe water.

A total of $7,060 is needed to complete the project. We are grateful for any donation you can provide to help us finish our work, so these 16,000 families will have long-term access to clean, safe water. If you are unable to support the project financially at this time, sharing this email with at least one other person could help us gain the support we need.

If we had this money today we would be able to finish the project by the end of August, 2015. When we say finish, we mean that project is ready to be completely run by the communities receiving the water treatment systems and the local Rotary Club, who will provide long-term monitoring, accountability, and leadership.

Half of the $7,060 needed will be used to help the communities create a platform to elect their community water committees and then train these committee members. The skills they will receive during these trainings will enable the committee members to operate and maintain the chlorinators and pumps, manage the project funds, and monitor each water treatment system. These water committee members will also be in charge of running the community financial support system, which is vital to the long-term sustainability of the project. Please contact me at zbrehmer@haitiwater.org to talk about this process if you are interested.

The remaining funds will be used to build walls around each of the five chlorinators as the communities want extra security for their new water treatment systems. Improvements to the well lining for two of the newly built wells, providing protection from contamination, will also be completed with these funds.

I will be traveling to Haiti on July 28 to oversee the wall building and continue discussions with Rotary on how to proceed. On the project info page you will find examples of some of the ways you can help us finish this vital project, providing 16,000 Haitian families with long-term access to clean, safe water. 

Many thanks

Zach Brehmer 

Executive Director of International Action

ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley & Jeffery Sejour
ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley & Jeffery Sejour

In celebration of World Water Day 2015, Jeffrey Sejour went to the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate how the technology works to a group of 24 students from a local Montessori School on Capitol Hill.  He also shared his experience working to bring safe drinking water to Haitians.  These students and their teachers showed a tremendous enthusiasm for science and chemistry.  The students also participated in a safe drinking water activity.

Following the demonstration, ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley presented Jeffrey Sejour with a $5,000 donation to International Action to assist drinking water chlorination efforts with schools in Haiti.

The new chlorinator, water tank, and water pump at
The new chlorinator, water tank, and water pump at

This cannot be said enough: Clean, safe water increases school attendance and a child’s ability to learn.

Ecole Nationale de K-Rock in Jacmel is home to 2,000 students. Before this past month, there was no clean, safe water to be had at K-Rock. International Action changed this with the installation of a chlorinator, water tank, and water pump.

The K-Rock school is special, and it starts with Director Jeudy, who has been working in Haiti’s education sector for 30 years. He left the United States for Haiti because he believes that education is the key for young Haitians. When he noticed the attendance rate declining because his students did not have shoes to wear on their walk to school, he started buying sneakers for the entire school. He believes “education is not a negotiable issue.”

K-Rock has leadership, quality teachers, and goes above and beyond to ensure the students receive the best education they can. Now Director Jeudy has another tool to help his students with, one of the most important: clean water.

Fabias school site
Fabias school site

Fabias, located in rural Artibonite a few miles outside of Port-au-Prince, is home to over 30,000 people. Isolated and with very limited water resources, Fabias has only had one well with a hand-pump to supply water for the thousands in the town.  Up until now, that is. International Action Director, Jeffery Sejour, was fortunate to be there the day we delivered and installed the first water tank at a local school, Presbytérale School of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the three community centers in Fabias we will be providing with clean water.

“When we first got there, a crowd of excited kids ran up to our truck from the school yard. Father Alexis Robinson, who is in charge of the school, told us how very appreciative he was of the new water treatment system and that this was a great opportunity for the community, especially the children, who will benefit the most from access to clean water.”

The new 2,000 gallon water tank, pump, and chlorinator International Action has provided will give over 300 students and their families the gift of safe, clean water for many years to come. Three spigots inside the school will provide water for the 312 students, aged kindergarten through sixth grade, while three spigots on the outside the school fence will server their families in the community. In Fabias, clean water will not only mean improved health for families and their children but will also mean that students at Presbytérale School of St. Francis can focus on learning and not on their thirst. It will mean less time collecting water, a task that often falls on children, and more time in the classroom, where they belong.

Water Tank at school in Jacmel
Water Tank at school in Jacmel

One child out of every eight dies before the age of five of preventable diseases, such as diarrhea, typhoid, and malaria – the highest mortality rate among children in the Western Hemisphere. To make matters worse, most schools in Haiti have no access to clean water. Lack of hygiene and sanitation has become a major problem for Haitian students. They fall ill regularly and are unable to attend classes or fail to perform well.

International Action has made it its goal to stop this and keep children in school by providing clean water and allowing them to receive the education they deserve to build a prospering Haiti for the future. In the past, we have provided and installed water tanks in some of Haiti’s most impoverished and densely populated communities in the slum Cité Soleil. Out of over 194 schools that we have protected in the past, in 2011, we collaborated with the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network member Architecture for Humanity to install the first clean water system for the Southeast water project at École La Dignité, a primary school in the town of Cayes-Jacmel. With our installation, the students now have safe, treated water to drink during the school day. They can also bring water from the tank home with them to protect their families and to quench their thirst at night. École La Dignité is headed by Mrs. Vivianne Vieux who says that the 2,000-gallon water tank means that her 227 students no longer will have to worry about waterborne illnesses.

Please help support education in Haiti with clean, safe water by making a donation.

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Zach Brehmer

Washington, DC United States

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