International Action

International Action collaborates with partner groups and local communities in Haiti to build up local capacities in water resource management; raise the public's awareness of water-related health issues; advocate for water-related policies and development priorities that ensure equitable and affordable access to clean water for all; and support community-based water purification and distribution projects.
Jan 30, 2017

Working Together Now and in the Future

Women giving pill
Women giving pill

At International Action, we are a hands-on organization.  We are in the field working side-by-side with local community leaders to ensure a continued relationship of good will exists between IA and the people of the area.  This friendly and effective relationship has been life changing for both sides while bringing clean water and smiles to many.       

We have provided 56 Haitian schools with Albendazole ourselves and work with Planting Peace, Samaritan’s Purse and AmeriCares to provide clinics and hospitals with everyday access to the de-worming medication so we can prevent children from becoming sick with intestinal worms in the future. This past year we treated and protected 150,000 children from intestinal worms.

We teamed up primarilay with Haiti Clinic and Children's Health Ministries (CHM) who we have been working with as in country partners to distribute albendazole deworming pills for the past couple of years.

Haiti Clinic operates two main clinics in Baoica and Cite Soleil, both are staffed with Haitian staff who care for patients during the week.  They conduct as many as 6-9 remote clinic trips to areas without access to care. They return to those areas a minimum of twice a year to provide albendazole in addition to primary care. The clinic tracks the dispensing of albendazole for patients in their medical chart. Many of their patients return for follow up for other health issues by noting their last dose of Ablendaloze on their chart helps to ensure they receive there next pill when its due. The clinic has two deworming days at the clinic per year. The community health agents encourage patients in the nearby communities to visit the clinic for the medication. Education on intestinal parasites is also provided on a regular basis so the community can understand why this medication is so important especially for children. 

Haiti Clinic is very thankful of the partnership with International Action and the donation of Albendazole without it they would not be able to help the number of patients we do. 

And in turn we are thankful of your donations that enables us to contine our deworming program!

Screening Clinic
Screening Clinic
Bottles
Bottles
Jan 30, 2017

Great News for Many

Happy People
Happy People

Through your charitable donations a new drill has been purchased with delivery scheduled for February that will allow the drilling of water wells in the 80% of the country that is inaccessible by road!  Local Haitians will be trained in the operation of the drill and in the management/maintenance of the new well sites.  We anticipate at least ten new well locations will be established and developed in 2017.  All made possible by the charity of our much-appreciated donors.

The eminent implementation of these wells will finally provide clean potable water to some of the most vulnerable and hardest hit populations on the Island.   

Leaving no stone unturned, International Action is pursuing the use of solar-powered submersible pumps to replace the above ground pumps that require generators to operate.  The current use of these generators results in constant repairs with hard to obtain parts and higher fuel consumption creating excessive operating costs.  The current system is economically unsustainable.

When the generator breaks down the pumps fail and the end result is no water.  Solar powered submersible pumps will pump water whenever the sun shines – and the sun shines a lot in Haiti!

In addition to potable water production, we are now involved in and are supporting water production for agricultural use. With access to reliable water sources, an increase of food production and a notable increase in the farmer’s annual income should be realized.

Over the next two years, we plan to work in two of the fifteen communes in the Artibonite Region, including Dessalines and Gonaives. These two communes are home to roughly 230,000 people. This project will provide Dessalines with the clean water they need for drinking and for agriculture. Our team will work with partners to first map where the water sources need to be and then create the wells and the water systems.

International Action has been working in Haiti, with water, since 2005, and in the Artibonite Region for four years. We know the area well and have recognized the importance of including many local and international partners, which is the best way to achieve success in Haiti.

Jan 29, 2017

Rolling Up Our Sleeves

Tank
Tank

2016 has been a year of transition for International Action (IA).  We were able to able to make two trips to Haiti last year.  Our first visit was in March with the second in November.  Our November mission was to review the progress and sustainability of our water supply projects, continue to develop local relationships and plan the expansion of our future efforts in Haiti.

We have made great strides in the Artibonite region we are currently helping an estimated 51,000 people to gain every day access to clean, safe water.

We discovered that the best way to continue to help the people of the Artibonite, was to build on the work we had begun with communities with the chlorinator and water tank systems. Diseases caused by protozoa – micro-organisms – are now the most common waterborne diseases in Haiti, causing 65% of infections.

A protozoa called Crypto is the main culprit. Chlorine is very effective against cholera (what our water treatment systems use), but is not effective against Crypto. In the Dessalines commune, this means we need to create new water sources that use water from protected aquifers -- usually devoid of bacterial, protozoan or virus-based infections as natural filtration processes (when water seeps through the Earth’s crust) acts as a one of the most effective, water purification systems, even against Crypto.

Furthermore, the Artibonite Region is one of the most fertile areas in Haiti, but the farming families here have produced very little food over the past two years because there has been severe drought. This has crippled the peoples' ability to grow and sell food throughout the area. They need access to clean, safe underground water.

IA’s focus on water and  envisions a future for Haitians that allows the population to be self-sustaining rather than continuing to rely on international assistance.  The combination of clean water and sanitation and the establishment of reliable jobs within a community will help the people become more self-sufficient.

Tank 2
Tank 2
 
   

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