Project #6628

Combat Haiti's Spreading Cholera Crisis

by International Action

In the Port-au-Prince, Haiti there is a large displaced persons camp called Martissant 2A. It has developed into a sprawling shantytown of 35,000 people, so desperately under served that local residents refer to it as the “lawless zone.” DINEPA, the Haitian government’s water agency, undertook an ambitious project this July to build five water stations throughout the area, joined by the International Organization for Migration and The International Red Cross. International Action accompanied the team to install chlorinators on the new governments water stations. Our systems will insure that the water provided to these 35,000 disadvantaged people will remain safe to drink.

Report, July 22, 2011

Eric Harshfield and Shivani Jain, two graduate students from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, are providing a six-week evaluation of International Action's flagship program – Clean Water in Haiti for Communities. This is our community based chlorinator and water storage tank program. The primary custodians of this project are the community leaders and members, who have an invaluable role in every step of the process.

The Emory graduates have been in the capital city since the beginning of July. Their goal is three-fold: (1), to measure how many residents and communities we provide safe water to, understand the impact of our project by conducting door-to-door interviews, and to monitor the state of our equipment; (2) to develop a monitoring framework so we may evaluate our program throughout the year; and (3), to establish a network of employees to carry out future program evaluations. Eric and Shivani have hired five Haitian university students to survey the public. They will be supervised by local water board members. 150 surveys have been completed and the first community focus group will be held on July 21. These focus groups will allow the community's voice to be heard, expressing their needs and sharing their ideas.

We have created a consortium of churches, missions and NGOs throughout Haiti to combat the most recent surge of cholera.  A health center outside of Labrousse has received 80 cases of cholera in the past month alone. 

 There are organizations seeking to help in every corner of Haiti.  Our group has enough granular chlorine to disinfect water for every Haitian for six-nine months.   We are donating our chlorine to these groups to help as many people as possible.  We will also use this network to coordinate a response to future emergencies and initiatives.

 The process is simple.  We reach out to groups working in Haiti.  They respond back and pickup the chlorine at our warehouse in Port-au-Prince.   Already, organizations have agreed to pickup chlorine to provide disinfected water for over 385,250 Haitians.  Many more groups are in the process of submitting their chlorine request form.  Join our consortium, protect the families of Haiti.

Report, June 24, 2011

International Action is working with the CICR (Red Cross) to return clean water to the slums in Port-au-Prince. Our role in this partnership is to disinfect the water. The project is being realized in the neighborhood of Drouillard, a commune of Cité Soleil. We installed four chlorinators providing clean water to 2,000 residents. We hope projects such as this will encourage people to leave the camps and return home.

GPS is as follows: 18°34.920'N 72°19.570'W.

IA and ACF restauration at Monjoie
IA and ACF restauration at Monjoie

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The month of May proved to be very successful for the Campaign for Clean Water in Haiti. This past month, International Action installed 21 chlorinators in Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Carrefour and other towns. These installations are benefiting approximately 100,000 people. The record setting pace was fueled by International Action’s strategic plan to protect the population from waterborne illnesses, such as cholera, during the current rainy season.

Community Interventions & ongoing cholera response

In collaboration with the DINEPA and partner organizations such as Action Contre la Faim and Le Comité International de la Croix Rouge, International Action experienced great success installing new chlorinators and restoring old ones that were damaged in the quake last year. In many cases, ACF or the CIRC restored the water tanks, DINEPA provided the water, and International Action installed the chlorinators to protect the residents.

In collaboration with Le Comité International de la Croix Rouge, the following chlorinators were also installed.

Drouillard 1 -  N : 18034.920’   Wo : 72019.570’
Drouillard 2 -  N : 18034.920’   Wo : 72019.570’
Drouillard 3 -  N : 18035.028’   Wo : 72019.566’
Drouillard 4 -  N  : 18035.103’  Wo : 72019.522’

CGI Successful Partnership - IA and AIR

In addition to community interventions, International Action installed 12 chlorinators and 2,000-gallon tanks in schools through its partnership with the American Institute for Research. All of the installations were completed in the month of May, increasing students’ access to clean water. Please see below for school names and location.

#    School     GPS    Commune    Department
1    Collège John Wesley    N : 18033.289’     
Wo: 72017.501’    Léogane    Ouest
2    Collège Frère Laroche Foucault     N : 18030.534’     
Wo: 72036.958’    Léogane    Ouest
3    Collège Cœur de Jésus    N : 18033.006’     
Wo: 72019.005’    Port-au-Prince    Ouest
4    Ecole Nationale K-Dougé    N : 18032.749’     
Wo: 72020.3184’    Jacmel    Ouest
5    Collège Pierre Mendas    N : 18025.980’     
Wo: 72051.795’    Petit-Goave    Ouest
6    Ecole Nationale du Sacre-Coeur    N : 18025.999’     
Wo: 72051.814’    Petit-Goave    Ouest
7    Ecole Nouvelle Lune    N : 18032.061’     
Wo: 72019.672’    Port-au-Prince    Ouest
8    Ecole Ruben Marc    N : 18032.575’     
Wo: 72020.522’    Port-au-Prince    Ouest
9    Ecole Nationale Congréganiste Saint Charles    N : 18032.351’     
Wo: 72024.622    Carrefour    Ouest
10    Ecole Mixte Rodney Damas    N : 18031.899’     
Wo: 72024.415’    Carrefour    Ouest
11    Ecole Evangélique Maranatha    N : 18031.562’     
Wo: 72021.205’    Port-au-Prince    Ouest
12    Sacré-Cœur / Marie Gosetti    N : 18032.122’     
Wo: 72020.987’    Port-au-Prince    Ouest

Water Trucking

International Action’s water truck delivered 20,000 gallons of clean water to schools in Cité Soleil and internally displaced person’s camps. 32 different sites receive clean water on a weekly basis. The water truck only delivers water to sites that have no DINEPA water infrastructure.

Conclusion: International Action’s Campaign for Clean Water is gaining tremendous momentum and making new friends along the way. We’ve added 100,000 new beneficiaries this past month. Our simple, affordable, and effective water chlorination system has proven that it can provide clean water on a community level anywhere in Haiti. To fulfill our commitment of reaching 2.5 million people, we are seeking funding and sustainable partnerships through the CGI. We are very thankful for the CGI for providing us with the platform to showcase our work, create partnerships, and contribute to Haiti’s reconstruction.

IA and ACF restauration at Monjoie
IA and ACF restauration at Monjoie
Installed in partnership with the CICR
Installed in partnership with the CICR
Installation at an AIR sponsored school
Installation at an AIR sponsored school

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Zach Brehmer
Washington, DC United States

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