Haiti Water Relief

by WaterBrick International

Here is a speech update of WaterBrick's involvement and continued assessment of the needs in Haiti.  This speech was given at TEDx Peachtree on November 5, 2010 in Atlanta.  TED is a great world-wide non-profit organization that hosts day long local events, called TEDx, featuring speakers that have "Ideas Worth Spreading".  We were asked to keep it under 10 minutes so we focused on the main points over the 10 months we have been involved.  Check out our speech update at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlVh_YJ3Mb8.

For any questions or new ideas on how we can create partnerships and provide help in Haiti, contact us at info@waterbrick.org as we welcome your feedback.  As an example, we have partnered with Global Giving, Love A Child, Dow Chemical, and Brenntag.  Brenntag just answered our call by providing 2,700 gallons of bleach (in addition to our bleach donation of 1,000 gallons) to help stop the cholera outbreak for example.  We are in the process of creating partnerships with Clean the World, Partners in Health and MAP International to create synergy that accelerates help for the many needs in Haiti.

Have ideas that could help us in our Haiti efforts?  Reach out and let us know your thoughts at info@waterbrick.org.

WaterBrick has partnered with Love A Child, a non-profit Christian Humanitarian Organization, that has been helping in Haiti since 1991.  While there relationships will certainly make it easier to pass through the red tape of importing goods, the bigger benefit is that they are a trusted Haiti distribution source to get our donated goods to those in need.  To learn more about the wonderful work that this organization does everyday, go to http://www.loveachild.com/.

In response to the recent cholera outbreak, WaterBrick has donated 1,000 gallons of bleach to Love A Child to distribute to be used as a disinfectant to stop this outbreak.  We are actively contacting corporate donors to increase this donation of bleach through Love A Child and your help would be appreciated through contacts you may have so let us know at info@waterbrick.org.  As of this November 11th report, More than 80 people have died in the last 24 hours across the country, according to the health ministry, taking the death toll to 724.  Hurricane Tomas has magnified the problem in recent days causing this outbreak to reach Port-Au-Prince putting at risk the millions living in tent cities.  For more information on this story, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11736833.  Dirty drinking containers reused out of the garbage dumps is one cause for the spread of cholera and is why it is so important for us to continue providing clean drinking containers.  Dr. Claude Surena, the head of the Haiti Medical Association, told us personally when we were in Haiti that they would need at minimum 250,000 containers.

For pictures of our work in Haiti from your donations, go to http://waterbrickpictures.shutterfly.com/pictures/119.  We will add more pictures at this link to show our recent donations currently being distributed in our next update.  We appreciate your continued support from either yourself, your friends or your family by going to http://www.globalgiving.org/4578.  If you have any questions, you can contact as directly at info@waterbrick.org.


WaterBricks stack for water and food storage
WaterBricks stack for water and food storage

WaterBrick’s are already being distributed in Haiti with help from Dow Chemical, the Red Cross, Global Giving and nearly 400 donors like you. Dow Chemical announced their support of WaterBrick in Haiti when they issued a press release on April 8th and their Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, stated, “We are very proud to be working with WaterBrick International to help bring much needed relief to the Haitian people … And because WaterBricks can be repurposed, these materials will generate zero waste, which is in line with our sustainability commitments." For the full press release, go to www.dow.com and site search WaterBrick. To date, Dow Chemical has donated 610,000 pounds of plastic resin to be used for WaterBrick containers to help Haiti relief efforts.

How is the WaterBrick container helping in Haiti? Made of rugged, high density polyethylene with an easy grip comfort handle, it can hold 3.5 Gallons of Liquid or up to 27 Pounds (264 Meals) of Dry Food. These unique dry storage containers, unlike any other, add value by cross stacking up to 7 feet for maximum efficient storage or can be used as a building block for transitional basic shelter. It has a wide lid opening that easily allows an average adult to pull stored contents out of the container. It stores water, food or anything you want to keep dry or store efficiently. Also, it has an ultra violet additive so it is non-biodegradable and therefore can be repurposed for 15 years by the people in Haiti; thus having long term benefits. We have included a picture of the WaterBrick stacking so that you can see firsthand how efficiently it can store water and food in Haiti.

Going forward, WaterBrick is committed to a longer term strategy in Haiti based on forming new corporate sponsorships, like with Dow Chemical, working with larger humanitarian agencies and increasing our grass roots donations; all through our relationship with Global Giving.

Our next report will include pictures of WaterBricks being used in Haiti for water and food storage.


I traveled to Haiti on February 9th to meet with Rotary 4060 in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic. This was Rotary 4060’s Disaster Relief Committee meeting to plan, schedule, allocate donated funds, map and plan truck convoys to Port-au-Prince (PAP) and, to introduce WaterBrick to its members. It was decided that WaterBrick would be warehoused and distributed from 4060’s UN Cargo location in PAP. In PAP, I was introduced to and met with Dr. Claude Surena, President of Haiti’s Medical Association, to discuss their need for WaterBrick and how distribution would be implemented. Dr. Surena said they needed a minimum of 400,000 WaterBricks which would be 2 per their 200,000 tents requested from the United Nations that would arrive soon. Dr. Surena stated that water and food storage containers were necessary to establish sustainability for the homeless but that 750,000 was really needed to make a real difference. The first container load of WaterBricks is now on its way to Port-au-Prince in Haiti with additional manufacturing underway for many future loads to be delivered.

Also, we delivered food, medications and WaterBricks to the Good Samaritan Hospital and two orphanages in PAP. We then made commitments to return with additional WaterBricks and food on our next trip in early March. After our forty-hour convoy to deliver these much needed supplies and, without sleep, we returned back to Santo Domingo and I flew home on February 16th with a much better understanding about the needs of Haiti and its many homeless families. We need to continue our efforts with greater commitment and understanding that this is only the beginning of the worst; yet to come.

A new truck load of nearly 4,500 WaterBricks are ready to ship, bound for Haiti. These contain 15,300 gallons of water that will be distributed to their two make-shift hospitals. They will be used for their patients and also in their orphanages. Thank you for your support of this project so far! We will continue to update you on progress as this project continues and will send photos soon.


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WaterBrick International

Location: Winter Garden, FL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.waterbrick.org
WaterBrick International
Project Leader:
Wendell Adams
ORLANDO, FL United States

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