Haiti Water Relief

 
$30,768
$69,232
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Apr 30, 2013

Cholera Update from the Government of Haiti

Here is an excerpt from a report published by the Government of Haiti published on February 28, 2013 titled The National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti 2013-2022

 

According to Dr. Florence F. Guillaume, the Minister of Public Health and Population in Haiti, “On the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, the international community determined that it was time to put an end to the scourge of cholera through short- and long-term actions to help the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic combat this pandemic.  In light of this concern, the presidents of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on 11 January 2012 joined the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization PAHO/WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch an appeal to mobilize major investments in water supply and sanitation with the aim of eliminating cholera from the island of Hispaniola.

 

The Call to Action for a Cholera-Free Hispaniola has been supported technically by PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, and the CDC in collaboration with the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  The immediate goal is to prevent cholera from becoming endemic on the island of Hispaniola. The elimination of cholera from the island entails interrupting its transmission.  However, because the bacteria are in the environment, sporadic cases will always be detected. 

 

As part of the Call to Action, representatives from PAHO/WHO and UNICEF are requesting donor countries and organizations to finance investments, and to meet the commitments made to Haiti following the earthquake of January 2010, with new funds specifically directed toward the construction of water supply and sanitation infrastructure.  These investments are necessary to raise Haiti’s level of access to potable water and sanitation to the levels of neighboring countries.

 

You can read the full report from the Haitian government at http://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/national-plan-elimination-cholera-haiti-2013-2022

 

WaterBrick International will continue its distribution of WaterBrick containers to Cholera Treatment Centers in Haiti to combat the spread of Cholera.  WaterBrick containers are being used as a safe water intervention container of choice for clean water and food storage. 

 

Feel free to call us at 877-420-WATER if you have any questions or ideas. Your continued support is greatly needed.

Jan 24, 2013

WaterBrick International in Haiti - Our Continued Efforts

Ship Container filled with WaterBricks - Haiti
Ship Container filled with WaterBricks - Haiti

January 23, 2013 – WaterBrick International is continuing to help make a positive impact in Haiti.  WaterBrick containers are providing a way to sanitarily store and distribute disinfected clean water to Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC) which help stop the spread of Cholera in this country.

As of the beginning of this year, two ship containers filled with WaterBricks were sent to the National Palace and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) on the requests of the First Lady and their Minister of Health.  A third ship container was sent to the Haiti Communitere.  Our intent was to distribute all of the WaterBricks in that third ship container to Health Capacity Zones around Haiti as agreed to by the MSPP.  In addition to our WaterBrick containers, 400 gallons of chlorine were sent directly to the Ministry of Health and distributed by Dr. Claude Surena, former Ministry of Health, to numerous Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC) in and around Port au Prince.

We will continue working in Haiti to help stop the spread of Cholera.  Feel free to call us at 877-420-WATER if you have any questions or ideas. Your continued support is greatly needed.

Oct 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy in Haiti: Update

WaterBricks being Distributed to a CTC
WaterBricks being Distributed to a CTC

October 26, 2012 - The passing of Hurricane Sandy has caused rain to pour for three days straight in Haiti, the most rain experienced since the devastating earthquake in 2010. Over 300,000 Haitians are still living in tents and are at risk of flooding and mudslides. Sandy has also created a setback in the progress towards fixing the major cholera epidemic that has devoured the country since 2010.

Cholera, a water-borne disease, has killed over 7,500 Haitians and infected nearly 600,000 since the epidemic broke out in October 2010, according to government figures. Limited access to clean drinking water and poor sanitation in urban and rural areas means that cholera will continue to pose a public health risk, experts say. WaterBrick, with your donations, has been working with MPHISE (Haiti Medical and Public Health Information Sharing Environment) on their clean water initiatives to bring clean drinking water to the country to fight this epidemic.

WaterBrick has donated 400 gallons of chlorine and 12,000 WaterBrick containers in Haiti to date. The chlorine has been used for cleaning and disinfecting water in 6 out of the 8 Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC). The WaterBrick containers have provided a portable and easy way to clean and store the disinfected water for a long period of time. Since the CTCs rely on clean water to treat its patients, WaterBrick's safe water storage containers and chlorine donations have been praised for helping to reduce the spread of Cholera in Haiti. Feel free to call us at 877-420-WATER if you have any questions or ideas. Your continued support is greatly needed.

"Many hands make the load lighter."
"Many hands make the load lighter."
WaterBricks inside the CTC
WaterBricks inside the CTC
Aug 9, 2012

Story Behind WaterBrick

Recently we were honored to have Dow Chemical sponsor us to deliver a keynote speech at The Conference Board in Boston.  We were asked to speak about the importance of clean water and the socially innovative product of WaterBrick to a group of about 100 people that managed corporate giving programs of some of the largest U.S. companies and we got to meet again with GlobalGiving there as well.

One of the biggest questions we get asked by many people is, "How did WaterBrick get started?" and we were asked that again at this conference.  Since the speech was filmed, we thought we would share our story at http://youtu.be/XGGHGuPekrc; helping others was and is our primary mission.

The second part of my speech, not in the above, is equally important, partners like YOU, Dow Chemical and GlobalGiving.  Some of you participated with us through your employee contributions from companies like Dell, Nike, Discovery, Colehaan, Converse, Capital One and others; we noticed.

While our work in Haiti is having a big impact, the Cholera epidemic is spreading and mutating.  Cholera will be with Haiti for the next decade or longer if we don't do something more.  It is spreading to nearby islands and now to South Florida.  It is mutating causing people to get reinfected.  If we want Haiti to begin to take care of themselves, they have to overcome water-borne disease so they can start rebuilding their lives.

Thank you for your help.  We appreciate your continued involvement either through donations or partnerships.  You can reach us at 877-420-WATER if you have any questions or ideas.

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Jul 26, 2012

Clean Water Video by Jean-Michel Cousteau

Haiti - Drinking & Bathing in River
Haiti - Drinking & Bathing in River

Clean water is a luxury currently impacting 2 billion people in the world.  In Haiti, cholera has claimed the lives of over 7,000 people and it has been estimated that 250,000 Haitians may contract cholera this year alone.  Jean-Michel Cousteau stated that cholera can spread through the coral reefs and already cholera has spread to the Domican Republic, Cuba and South Florida.  Meanwhile plastic waste is creating environmental disasters the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean and in many places around the world.

Jean-Michel recently discussed how these 2 different social problems could be aided in part by socially innovative products like WaterBrick.  How can you help?  Check out Jean-Michel's video link attached and help us continue to help those in need in Haiti by contributing and sharing our mission with family, friends and colleagues.  If there are other ways you can help, call us at 877-420-9283.

Haiti - Trash Waste in City Soleil
Haiti - Trash Waste in City Soleil's Canals

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WaterBrick International

Winter Garden, FL, United States
http://www.waterbrick.org

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Wendell Adams

Founder
ORLANDO, FL United States

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