Deep Springs International is currently under the pressure of the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti that has already killed over 200 Haitians and sickened over 2,000. Cholera is a preventable illness, preventable with our liquid chlorine.
The areas affected include the Artibonite Valley (a location of many persons displaced by the earthquake), Arcahaie (near Port-au-Prince), and Limbey. This outbreak has also increased worries the disease could reach the earthquake zone. According to the Pan American Health Organization, the number of cases will continue to grow because Haitians do not have any built-up immunity to cholera.
This weekend Deep Springs International delivered 80 gallons of Gadyen Dlo (our Haitian made liquid chlorine treatment) to DINEPA (Haiti’s health ministry) to purify over 1,200,000 million liters of water. DINEPA will use this shipment of Gadyen Dlo in St. Marc to treat a piped public water system.
We are working on providing more safe water treatments through DINEPA, working with our partner NGOs to coordinate the distribution of a large in-kind donation of chlorine tablets that can purify 2,000 gallons of water at a time, and ensuring our 33,000 beneficiaries (including over 18,000 in Leogane) are fully supplied with clean water.
You can help Haitians by guaranteeing the safe water necessary to shield families from infection and rejuvenate those who are already sick.