Health
 Haiti
Project #8369

Ensure the sustainability of clean water in Haiti

by International Action
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Abigail (14), a leader now and in the future
Abigail (14), a leader now and in the future

This is Abigail. She is 14. Abigail has big dreams. She wants to be a doctor. She wants to have a big family when she grows up. She wants to speak five languages. She wants to be a leader and help improve the community around her. She wants to start with clean water.  

There are 1,200 children like Abigail at the CFM school in downtown Port-au-Prince. Thanks to International Action’s chlorinator, Abigail and her classmates are healthy because they have clean, safe water every day. Abigail is one of the student leaders at CMF and she wants help spread the word about the importance of clean water, how it improves people’s health, and in turn, their happiness. 

Abigail and the director of the school want to start a community service project in which student “Clean Water Ambassadors” visit other schools to teach their peers about potable water. They have asked our staff to lead a week of seminars and trainings for the new Clean Water Ambassadors. The program will begin September, 2013, as the current school year has already come to a close. They plan to reach at least five schools in 2013.   

Abigail wants to lead change, she wants to help other Haitians protect their water supplies. We are with her. With your support we can support the Clean Water Ambassadors and install chlorinators in more schools. 

 

All the best,

Zach

Children at the Lycee school in Mirebalais
Children at the Lycee school in Mirebalais

The Haitian government's water agency, DINEPA, has a new request for us: to install chlorinators and water tanks at twenty five schools in the West Department of Haiti. Nearly 18,000 students will have clean, safe water because of this project.

We already have the necessary amount of chlorine -- we just received a donation of 15 tons of chlorine -- to complete this project. However, we need funds for PVC pipes, faucets, solar pumps (there is no electricity in some of the schools) and transportation fuel. Once we have the necessary funds and/or donated materials, we will be able to begin.

In total we will need $6,375 to complete the 25 installations:

$1,375 for PVC pipes and faucets

$1,000 for transportation fuel

$4,000 for solar pumps

Solar pumps to be used at four schools
Solar pumps to be used at four schools

Hurricane Sandy has swept through Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. Government officials have confirmed that 54 Haitian lives have been claimed by the storm, nearly twice the deathtoll of Tropical Storm Isaac, which hit Haiti less than two months ago.

As of October 30, 2012, President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe declared a State of emergency throughout Haiti because of the 54 deaths and the many problems the country now faces after the storm.

14,000 families have been left homeless, cholera is on the rise, and thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed resulting in a food shortage and price hike. 

Haiti's south was not the only region affected by the storm. In Port-au-Prince, thousands of school children in Cite Soleil are now without clean water because of the flooding caused by both Sandy and Isaac. The health of the children in Cite Soleil has been one of our main focuses over the past two years.

Because of the damage in Cite Soleil, we are going to truck water to the Cite Soleil schools so the children have clean water and can continue to learn. Diarrhea caused by waterborne diseases is the main reason children miss school in Haiti. The last thing these kids need is to miss a significant amount of school, as it will abate their abilty to find a good job as adults.   

In the month of July, International Action's Southeast team is going to bring 11 more schools clean water. These 11 schools are located in the cities of Jacmel and Bainet. All 11 schools have agreed to let local residents access their clean, safe water after school hours.

We continue to help young girls in Haiti by improving the quality of their educational institutes. One of the schools that we will be working with in July is an all girls school with over 1,200 students.

Please follow our page here at Global Giving and on our website, www.HaitiWater.org, to stay abreast of our progress in the Southeast of Haiti. Thank you for all the support.

 

Best regards,

The International Action Team

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These 103 children are healthy and ready to learn
These 103 children are healthy and ready to learn

We are charging ahead with the Sud-Est Clean Water Initiative, centered around Jacmel, Haiti. By the end of May, we will have installed water treatment systems in 53 more schools and many hospitals and public office buildings. February 7, 2012 marked the start of our full schedule of water treatment installations in the south-east of Haiti. We will complete three installations a week. You can check out reports from the field at www.HaitiWater.org to follow our progress. 

The first wave of installations will include eight schools and one hospital. Collège les Quatre Evangelistes, a school, was the first completed on February 7. The 103 students of Collège les Quatre Evangelistes now have clean water because of their new 150-gallon tank and chlorinator. The students’ families and nearby residents in the neighborhood also have access to the clean water at the school. 

To appreciate the full impact of the installation at Collège les Quatre Evangelistes, we have to look at who exactly we are helping, not just how many.

Collège les Quatre Evangelistes is one of the most innovative schools in all of Haiti. In large part this is because it is one of the most affordable schools in Haiti – many children in Haiti do not attend school because their parents cannot afford the price of private schools (all schools in Haiti are private schools.) The teachers are volunteers. This shows how important this school is: teachers are willing to volunteer on a near full-time basis. Collège les Quatre Evangelistes gives parents a chance to send their students to schools, regardless of how much they can pay.

The cost is not the only innovative aspect of this school. The school’s Director, Rigaud Emmanuel Rousseau, is teaching these 103 students not only academics, but also the importance of building up their community. The school’s mission is to give a quality education to students and to encourage them to help build up their community, both now and in the future.

Moreover, Mr. Rigaud also uses the school space for community events such as microcredit classes for women and nutrition programs for children.  

What you did for us today is beyond amazing. Can you imagine that we’ve been here for this many years without clean water? I promise to allow the community to come after school hours to also get clean water. Please thank your donors and may God continue to bless them. You’ve given us hope”

  Rigaud Emmanuel Rousseau                                                                                                                   Director of Collège les Quatre Evangelistes

The clean water these 103 students, family members, and women of the community can now access will immediately improve their health, allowing them to spend less time collecting water and increasing the potential this school can offer to all students and community members involved. And remember, this is just one school: there are 53 other schools waiting

 

Thank you to all those that made this possible.

The International Action Team

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International Action

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.haitiwater.org
Project Leader:
Zach Brehmer
Washington, DC United States

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