Safe water for Haiti earthquake victims

A microproject by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo
Safe water for Haiti earthquake victims
One of our volunteer teams
One of our volunteer teams

On August 4th of last year a major earthquake struck Southern Haiti and we knew that some of our volunteers lived in the earthquake disaster zone.  While waiting for more information we started our planning for what help we could provide.  We immediately started sending water testing and water purification supplies.  We also applied to GlobalGiving to set up a short term microproject to help fund our work. In a brief period you and other donors contributed nearly $2500 to help families find ways to make their water safe to drink. GlobalGiving also gave Agua Pura a generous donation. I'm writing today to thank you for your support of that project.

Right away after the dust settled large International aid agencies came into Haiti to help with the immediate medical, food and shelter needs of the communities. Some stayed for a few weeks, some for several months, some are still there.  Our small non-profit, - supported by your donations- has a different purpose.  Instead of focusing on large expensive operations we focus on the individual family and the community to bring safe drinking water and long lasting sanitation to them.  The earthquake damaged or destroyed many communities water systems  and forced families to use unsafe, possibly contaminated water sources, so immediately we started planning for what we could do.

When I wrote to you last October I told you about how our teams of young volunteers had started to go out to outlying, difficult to reach  communities to bring emergency supplies, help with clean up and work with families to provide safe drinking water and sanitation.
I can report on the first visits of our teams to affected communities.Two teams of volunteers went out, and teams were able to reach some affected communities that were cut off by the earthquake by motorbike. When they were able to get through, they brought some immediately needed supplies and also were able to help community members restore damaged springs and  other water sources. They also talked to the families about how they can protect themselves from water borne diseases.

Now our teams will be returning several more times in the next months to continue their work.  They will be testing the water sources for contamination and sharing water purification supplies.  We expect to continue our work with earthquake victims for at least another year, and we are committed to bringing safe drinking water to these communities.  I'm  sharing a few pictures of our volunteers.   They are proud of the work they do and grateful for your support.

Thank you, Tom Carter

Helping clean up the community water supply
Helping clean up the community water supply
talking about clean water
talking about clean water
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Dear Friends-  Thanks so much for your important donation to our project Safe Water for Haiti Earthquake Victims.  I want to share a quick note about our work so far, using the funds you have provided.
We have two teams of young volunteers who live in the area of the earthquake and they were affected as well. Being on site and knowing their communities needs they have focused on several remote villages that were especially damaged in the earthquake.  They feel that the communities can be reached by motor bike and so in the next weeks they will be bringing emergencies supplies and water purification materials to the families there.  They will provide training in safe water practices and distribute clean water storage containers, and report back about additional needs. 

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is committed to helping these families and others have safe drinking water, and we expect our projects to continue for some time.
Thanks again and we’ll sent you a longer report later.
Tom Carter
Executive Director
Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

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Here's a quick update on our initial work to help survivors of the recent earthquake in Southern Haiti.

After a week of effort aid agencies are still having trouble reaching affected families in the Les Cayes area due to road blockages  and gang activity.  There is very little government help due to political turmoil after the assassination of their President last month. Amazingly, there is still some cell and internet service and we have been able indirectly contact our volunteers living in the area.

Agua Pura's volunteers were also affected by the earthquake with some injuries but no fatalities. While caring for themselves and their families they have also reported on community needs and  necessary supplies to start their recovery work. We have already sent $1000 of money donated by our GlobalGiving supporters to start the purchase of chlorine tablets and other water purification supplies.

Large aid agencies from the US and other countries have begun to distribute free emergency supplies such and food and water.  Our focus is more on long term recovery efforts and we are starting to ship water testing kits and small reuseable water purification indicators (WAPIs). These will take a couple of weeks to arrive but will be more useful as families try to dig out from the wreckage and rebuild.

Please consider making a special donation to help families and communities recover from the earthquake damage and rebuild their lives.

I will continue to report on our progess and our work as we move forward in the next weeks. As the extent of the damage becomes more clear we will be better able to plan our efforts for the future.

Tom Carter,

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Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Location: Happy Valley, Oregon - USA
Project Leader:
Ulises Silva
Communications coordinator
Happy Valley, Oregon United States

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