We are continuing our efforts to provide clean water for 900,000 rural Haitians families who are without
Some recent accomplishments include:
- Launch of Buckets of Life Program
- Celebration of World Water Day 2013 - International Year of Water Cooperation with over 250 attendees
- Successful partnership with French organization ACTED, which includes distribution of Buckets of Life and training for over 500 families, and the addition of 7 new Health Agents who work directly with Haitians providing on-going support
- Participation in "Global Health and Entrepreneurship" conference in Boston, MA providing networking, collaboration and future partnership opportunities
The recent celebration of Earth Day was an opportunity to bring the importance of abundant, potable water center stage. Most people believe that pollution is the main source of concern, but in fact, in countries like Haiti, deforestation has the most devastating impact. Most rural Haitians still cut trees to produce charcoal for cooking, the primary cause of deforestation in the past 50 years.
Our primary focus in Haiti is to make sure families & individuals have access to clean, safe water, but we also collaborate with other initiatives to educate Haitians on the importance of trees and their impact on rainfall, vegetation and topsoil.
Deeps Springs is supportive of all reforestation projects in Haiti, recognizing this as a key step in helping Haitians stabilize their water sources.
Health Agents Excelling in Haiti
Our supervisors in Northern Haiti recently met with the 21 Health Agents in the Plaine du Nord region. These Agents work jointly for Deep Springs and the Haitian Ministry of Health. To the supervisors’ delight, they learned that these Health Agents are so motivated to help save lives and improve health that they have been going the extra mile.
They have been holding community meetings with families they are not required to visit as part of their Ministry of Health responsibilities. It is this personal commitment that will enable us to reach all 900,000 families who lack clean water in rural Haiti. The demand is so great that the Agents recently ran out of our bucket systems!
Boys excited about Buckets of Life delivery