Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti

by Deep Springs International
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti
Safe Water & On-going Relief in Haiti

We have come a long way since last year!  Our staff and health agents traveled long distances, up and down mountains to reach people in even the most remote communities.  As a result of their efforts, we sold 50,069 bottles of chlorine in 2014 – enough to treat 25 million liters of water and save an estimated 185 lives.

We expanded into communes that neighbor our central office, including areas of Gressier and Grand Goave.   In 2014, 386 individuals earned income by selling locally produced Gadyen Dlo brand (“Water Guardian”) chlorine in their local communities and teaching their neighbors about important health practices.  We encouraged our top agents with prizes, and many of them received signs to attract new families to use chlorine.

We look forward to continuing to recruit new health agents, and we have plans to make more buckets available to families who need them.  We look forward to an even more productive 2015!

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Where there is water....there is life!

Chikungunya Outbreak Affects Deep Springs Staff 
Painful virus spreading across Haiti
Contributed by Christina Boyes

The mosquito-borne virus known as Chikungunya is spreading quickly in Haiti. Standing water and infected mosquitoes have combined to create a public health crisis. To date, more than half of the Léogâne office staff has been infected.
Michael Ritter, founder of Deep Springs International, was one of the first to contract the illness. "The most common symptoms are joint pain, rash, fever, and headaches. On the first day, I felt like I hit my foot on something, but couldn't remember what. That night I started to feel more generalized pain, and realized it might be Chikungunya." Ritter said. 
One driver/security guard for Deep Springs was also affected. 
The virus is prevalent in Léogâne due to its proximity to the coast. Like most illnesses carried by mosquito, the hardest hit areas are coastal regions or areas with high amounts of standing water. 
Chikungunya is relatively rare in the western hemisphere. According to the CDC, the first cases in the Americas were reported in the Caribbean in 2013. At present, no vaccine or medicine is available for prevention or treatment of the illness.
During the course of the infection, many individuals find the pain debilitating. However, most patients recover within one week.  

Deep Springs International spent the first few months of 2014 developing a new strategic direction in Leogane. We were thrilled to see that in March, the first month of fully implementing this new approach, that we had the best month in a year and a half. The new strategy includes new promotion methods, new agents, and a new credit system.

New Promotion Method: The biggest change in methodology was the suspension of household visits. Traditionally, this has been our primary method of reaching families in need of health education, water-purification products, and encouragement to consistently and properly treat their drinking water. However, in Leogane, for various reasons, this method was decreasing in effectiveness.

The new method involves community meetings instead of household visits. This approach is more cost-effective, but it seems to also be more effective in terms of education and behavior modification – as families who attend receive a lot of “positive peer pressure” from their friends and neighbors who share openly why they sacrifice their pennies (gourdes) to treat their water, and the health benefits they have seen.

Transitioning away from household visits has also led to our sales agents now working strictly on a commission basis. Agents always received a margin for sales of chlorine, but those who conducted household visits used to receive additional compensation. The new approach based solely on commission places even greater incentives on chlorine sales, which is our key indicator for both health impact and financial sustainability.

New Agents: Much of our efforts in January and February focused on recruiting and training new sales agents. We have recruited and trained over 40 new sales agents in 2014. In addition to an almost all-new sales team, the new method encourages sales via a variety of retail outlets such as pharmacies, boutiques, and schools. We even have sales points in previously unreached areas in the neighboring commune of Grand Goave.

New Credit System. We also launched a system of providing chlorine to new sales agents on credit. 28 new agents have paid for their initial stock and purchased more. The current sales numbers only include chlorine that has been paid for, which doesn’t account for an additional 1,000 bottles of chlorine that have been provided on credit. We expect to receive payment for most of those bottles this month, which would make May another high-sales month similar to March, which was our highest-selling month in at least a year and a half.

Did You Know....?
There are many Haitian proverbs that talk about water, a testimony to its importance on the island. 
"Wòch nadlo pa konn doulè wòch nan soley."
"The stone in the water does not know the pain of the stone in the sun."
According to the Mayo Clinic, women should consume an average of 2.2 liters of water per day. Men require more - they need an average of 3 liters per day. 
You Can Make a Difference Today 
Check out these opportunities to be a part of Deep Springs International
Communications Intern in Haiti:  We are still accepting resumes for this Summer as well as Spring Semester 2015.  This is a full-time internship in Haiti for a minimum of four months.   Strong preference for those fluent in French or Haitian Creole.  
Development Intern in Pittsburgh: This is a part-time or full-time internship for a minimum of six months.  Strong preference for Pittsburgh native.  
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Displaced persons in Haiti still at risk 
172,000 living away from their homes almost 4 years post quake
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Even though the United Nations officially ended its earthquake relief program, the devastating effects of the 2010 disaster – one of the worst in world history – continue.   Since our last report there has been an encouraging relocation effort, but according to the IOM there are still 172,000 displaced people and the economy is still in shambles.  Learn more info about the crisis with displaced persons.
Also, with an epidemic of more than 682,000 cases, over 8,300 Haitians have died of cholera – a totally preventable disease.  Deep Springs continues to play a lead role in Haiti's anti-cholera campaign.   Pan American Health Organization officials fear that, if the disease is not controlled soon, it will spread to epidemic proportions throughuot the hemisphere.   According to PAHO the Dominican Republic has reported over 31,000 cholera cases and 458 deaths since 2010, Cuba has confirmed 678 cases and 3 deaths since July 2012, and Mexico has confirmed 171 cases and 1 death since September of this year.
World Health Organization 
Recognizes Deep Springs in new publication
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a toolkit on monitoring and evaluation for household water treatment efforts. 
Three of Deep Springs' studies about the effectiveness of our programs are cited as examples in the toolkit.  The Jolivert program is presented as a case study in the toolkit and was also featured at the University of North Carolina's Water and Health Conference recently.  The WHO publication also mentions post-quake research showing that our work resulted in the highest "effective use" of household water treatment products among the emergency responses studied.  
Did You Know....? 
In 1801, ex-slave Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) led nearly one-half million Haitian slaves against Haiti’s French colonialists. Their eventual victory was the first successful slave revolt and helped establish Haiti as the first black republic.

The worldwide water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.  (UNDP)






New Board Members 
Roberts and Aakesson elected at October meeting

Ashley Aakesson Ashley Aakesson is a nutrition, food security, and development leader with 15 years of experience working with vulnerable groups in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean to improve their health and well-being. Ashley joined the SPRING Project in 2013 as a Social and Behavior Change Communication Advisor. She has worked with PATH and Save the Children. From 2006 to 2010 she served as Executive Director of the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, which partnered with DeepSprings before and after the earthquake of 2010. Ashley holds an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a BA in Anthropology from Miami University in Ohio.
Margaret Roberts lives in Avella, PA with her husband. She is currently the Senior Procurement Manager for Calgon Carbon Corporation.  Margaret graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English and received a Masters in Business Administration from Chatham University.  She joined Calgon Corporation in September of 2013, previously working at LANXESS Corporation and Bayer Corporation.  Margaret has been helping DeepSprings informally in many ways since 2009.


Annual Campaign Update 
Chlorine sales add to our sustainable approach
Our sustainable approach of selling the locally produced Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine is working!  So far this year sales have topped $90,500 and have really helped push us towards our goal.

Small Sacrifices = Big Impact!
  • For only $2.74 a day (cup of coffee) you are a $1,000 donor
  • For only $5.47 a day (fast food meal) you are a $2,000 donor
That's a small price to pay to provide clean life-saving water in Haiti!


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Government Relations - Our productive partnership with DINEPA
Many people who know about Haiti or who have worked in Haiti are aware of chronic problems with the Haitian government - inefficiency, corruption, violent elections and coups, etc.   However, we are happy to report that we have enjoyed a very positive and productive relationship with DINEPA, the Haitian Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.    Partly due to the fact that it is a relatively new and small department, DINEPA is very focused on its mission and has been able avoid corruption.

In 2011, DINEPA ordered 500,000 bottles of our Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine as part of their national response plan to the cholera epidemic.   We helped with distributions in three departments (like states) and also have participated in their WASH (Water, Sanitation Hygiene) Cluster meetings.   Our Bucket of Life system is recommended and supported by DINEPA due to chlorine treatment being a key pillar of their national water and sanitation strategy.


Annual Campaign back in full swing! 
Hits September goal of 50% mark
That's a small price to pay to provide clean life-saving water in Haiti!
And don't forget you now have a unique opportunity to leverage your investment by more than five to one.   That's because the UNICEF grant requires a "match" of only $51,000 in order to receive the $239,000.
Major Bucket of Life Distribution 
In coordination with U.N. Peacekeepers
A local organization, with funding from the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH), purchased 2,700 Buckets of Life.
They coordinated a training for over 50 individuals in hygiene promotion and cholera prevention.  Representatives from Deep Springs as well as the Ministry of Health gave the presentations during the training.  These individuals then identified families in Chansolme and Bassin Bleu to receive the Buckets of Life and trained families on the use of the system. 
Logistics support for the bucket distribution was provided by MINUSTAH.   Our team for the Northwest Department, based in Jolivert, will serve families to handle their ongoing needs forGadyen Dlo brand chlorine and support.



Aqwalife Partnership 
New $10,000 project in Leogane Commune
Aqwalife was founded by Venkee Sharma, CEO of Aquatech, a leading water and wastewater treatment company based in Canonsburg, PA.  Venkee established Aqwalife in memory of his father Prem Sharma, founder of Aquatech, and as a means for the company and others to support clean water projects for the poor around the world.   Our partnership with Aqwalife will focus on serving over 6,000 people in the Leogane Commune of Haiti.   This exciting partnership was announced recently at the Aqwalife Golf Classic.
Team LANXESS (L to R)
Keith Papich - LANXESS
Joe Bonazza - Severn Trent Services 
Jeff Ritter - LANXESS & Deep Springs Board Member 
Alex Lackner - Water Economy Network
Central Indiana Churches for Haiti
CINCH is a coalition of churches in Indiana who are committed to Haiti.  They meet annually and this year's gathering was at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette.   Many of these churches partner with Deep Springs to provide clean water for their "adopted" communities where they have a sister church relationship.   Michael Ritter provided the annual update at CINCH on October 6th.   If you live in Indiana and would like to attend next year, contact Jeff Newellat
In spite of decades of political turmoil and natural disasters in Haiti, one institution is constant - The Church.   80% of Haitians claim a Roman Catholic affiliation and 16% affiliate with Protestant denominations, so church has always been a key local pillar of the community.   By partnering with local churches, we not only secure the few physical meeting places in rural communities, but we meet trusted leaders who could become valuable members of the Deep Springs team.   We continue to add church partners, both in Haiti and in the U.S.  Thanks to the churches in Indiana for their strong commitment to walk hand in hand with their Haitian brothers and sisters!


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Annual Campaign Launched
Lead Gift of $239,000 pledged!
Soon after launching our 2013 Campaign in late May, we got the very exciting news that an international organization has committed to a $239,000 project.   This was more than double the $100,000 that we had planned for the top campaign donation - and really propels us quickly towards our goal of $650,000!

 If you or your company or organization have not yet had time to respond, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
To discuss campaign options (including PR options for organizations), please contact Development Director Steve Bostian at 828.773.7242.   Make an online donation with option of monthly or quarterly gifts or contact us at to get a copy of the pledge form and pledge reminder emailed to you.

Water Economy Network selects Deep Springs as official Global Partner

The Water Economy Network – WEN - is a new Western PA regional organization that helps water sector stakeholders access water-sector business opportunities, encourages start-up company formation through innovative technology development and deployment, and attracts both national and international water related industry to the region.
As WEN developed, they realized that their impact can be more than just regional.   As they bring water industries to Western PA, they will have a national influence.    But extending even further, WEN can use its expertise and resources to have a global impact.   Recently they selected Deep Springs International because it is an organization birthed out of Grove City College which has strong connections with Pittsburgh and the region.  

By having an official Global Partner, WEN can help Network Members also develop Corporate Social Responsibility programs that include global impact.  We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to working with the companies of the Water Economy Network!

Did You Know....?

More than 10% of Haitian children die before the age of 5.


Half of the world's hospital beds are occupied with people with an easily preventable waterborne disease; such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery.
National Leadership Conference a Success

From May 9 to 10, the leaders of Deep Springs convened in Leogane for two days of training, planning and strategizing.  Leaders came from all corners of Haiti: Jolivert, Leogane, Milot, Plaine du Nord and Fonds Verrettes.
Some of the activities and topics included: a review of last year's achievements, new innnovations, monitoring methods, sales management techniques, review of recent research, and options for new products.
Goal-setting was done at the national, regional, and personal levels, using a new methodology.   The staff was excited to learn that one of their own (Madame Eveline) will be receiving the coveted Gangarosa Sustainability Award.
The team in Haiti is very committed to improving health nationwide through production and distribution of the local Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine and our Buckets of Life .  It was very exciting to hear them express their desire to see every family in their country helped through proper water treatment!


The Buckets are Here!

We are so excited to be launching our new program, Buckets of Life!   At just $34, this is a simple and affordable way for individuals, families, and even groups like classes, scout troops, etc. to help struggling families with water purification systems they need to improve their health.
So start saving those pennies... because it only cost 3 cents a day to provide safe water for a family!!!


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Location: Grove City, PA - USA
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