DSI Staff in Leogane, Haiti
As of August 2010, DSI and you are now serving over 150,000 Haitians with safe water for years to come. Through your help and that of organizations like Save the Children and UNICEF we have been able to act quickly--providing not only safe water for a day but safe water for a lifetime through a strategic plan that converts traditional aid into sustainable jobs and enterprises.
Our programs reach both communities with the same safe water system - Gadyen Dlo - that you helped provided to over 60,000 Haitians in the earthquake zone. This was not a "one time hit," like a vaccination. Your compassion has helped us distribute and establish a system that will transition from initial aid to Haitian-managed sustainable enterprises. As we talk about it internally, we provide a solution to a systemic problem that is "for Haitians, by Haitians."
Although we have been able to create many jobs for Haitians and provide safe water to over 150,000 Haitians, the need is increasing for rural Haitians. Traditional aid organizations and the Haitian government are now focusing time and resources on dense population centers to the neglect of the rural communities that DSI serves. There are over 1,200,000 rural Haitians who still do not have safe water to drink or properly prepare meals.
The impact from the January 2010 earthquake remains, and we would love to continue serving rural Haitians with you.
If you have any questions, let us know! Please also check out our website with many updates and more complete information about our strategy, goals, and people - www.deepspringsinternational.org
Jean Alliance (Program Coordinator) at UN Leogane
A few children we serve in Leogane