As of this week, construction is underway on The Rural Water Project. The project, which focuses on empowering and enabling local rural Haitians to control their own health and safety in regards to clean water, has begun in full swing. There are, and will be, a total of forty tanks serving forty rural communities in Ranquitte Haiti. Twenty of these tanks are in states ranging from disrepair (thus the work this week), to functionality and needing of upkeep. And another twenty are going to be built with the support of your future donations. Our contact in Haiti was excited to get our first round of financial support so that he could put his construction team to work.
(Photo: our local foreman and construction manager examine the tank at Kouron in Ranquitte Haiti while a local villager watches)
We will be visiting Haiti to monitor the project in the next few months and will have photos to show you the progress! This work allows Haitians to help Haitians. It lets water tanks be put in place that prevent cholera, by allowing local people to take care of their own water supply.
The amount of money we need to continue running this project is small in terms of what gets spent by big bureaucratic nonprofits. But we are not big. We are not bureaucratic. We are immensely significant in the work that we do because we work effectively. We are all volunteers. And we use every dime to its best possible advantage. If you are able to help, please let us know.
We have arrived at the beginning. When One Hundred For Haiti started in the spring of 2010, we had the goal of affecting the lives of as many people as we could, through what at first were relief efforts, and then development projects, and then much later, major initiatives.
It took five and a half years, through major stumbling blocks and hurdles along the way, but this week we have arrived at a starting point.
Today, in conjunction with our partners at Little Footprints, Big Steps, the first anti-sexual assault training for the GTPE took place. Morgan from Little Footprints, Big Steps said it best:
“Today was the remarkable beginning of exponential change. Thanks to One Hundred For Haiti, the Groupe du Travail pour la Protection des Enfants (GTPE-Sud) or Working Group for Child Protection in Southern Haiti has completed the first of 9 community trainings. GTPE is a network of partners collaborating to address child protection issues in Southern Haiti – and LFBS is thrilled to be a member, working alongside IBESR (local social services), BPM (Brigade de Protection des Mineurs), Terre des Hommes, SOS Villages, MCFC (ministry for women’s rights), Minustah, MAST (Ministère des Affaires Sociales et du Travail), local Commissioner, and more.
Through these trainings, we hope to reduce the amount of violence against children & women in vulnerable communities. We hope to change people’s mentality and educate them about how to react to cases of violence (particularly sexual violence and domestic abuse). In each community, we will educate at least 60 community leaders while also sending agents to train schools and churches!
Today’s training was a huge success… and I was so deeply moved (ok, I might have cried…) by the undeniable passion of each GTPE-Sud member who spoke today. Their instinctual desire to protect children – and the passion with which they share their knowledge – makes it evident that this is much more than just a job. They LOVE children. I am so proud to have LFBS staff working alongside these remarkable, dedicated agents.”
Our goal is simple: continue to fund these trainings, visit Haiti and see the trainings firsthand, and then expand the trainings beyond the initial nine trainings. This will ONLY be possible with your help.
Be creative. Think of who would be interested in supporting an anti-rape initiative. Have THEM reach out to potential supporters. This work is very real, will be very effective, and is happening right now.
More updates will be forthcoming on both this and The Rural Water Project which we are initiating this week as well.
Salt Lake City held one of the most creative and exciting benefit events for One Hundred For Haiti yet: an inspiration for what could be a series of creative events worldwide combining art and music…
MELLOW VS METAL: A benefit for One Hundred for Haiti
(supporting our Rural Water Project and GTPE sexual assault task force)
From 6-8PM, event coordinator Meghann Griggs arranged for an acoustic set by former Jets to Brazil member Jeremy Chatelain, followed by a spoken word set by Greg Bennick from One Hundred For Haiti. All the while, there was a screen printing show happening…the venue was Spilt Ink, a local screen printer…and Meghann coordinated local artists to contribute Haiti-inspired art which was then screened onto shirts and hoodies for attendees. People could bring anything they liked and have it screened for just $5. Contributing artists were:
Dave Habben – habbenink
Amanda Powell – 27 Tattoo
Jon Lange – 27 Tattoo
Andrew King – Heart of Gold Tattoo
Oscar Garcia – Heart of Gold Tattoo
Sonya Evans – Independent Local Artist
Sarah de Azevedo – Oni Tattoo
Then, FROM 8pm – 11pm the night continued with music from touring band Chingaso, locals Oxcross, and then finally The Ditch and the Delta.
More benefits like this would work wonders for One Hundred For Haiti. The idea from beginning to end, was all Meghann’s doing. You could do the same: think of an idea and then make it happen. You will have our support as you support us!
Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle have offered a percentage of sales to One Hundred For Haiti on June 23rd from 6-8PM. People involved directly with One Hundred For Haiti will be onsite to answer questions. The event will take place at their Roosevelt location (address in the image below).
This event was made possible thanks to the efforts of our intern-extraordinaire Bailey Richardson who made the connection for us. Thanks Bailey!
NPR ran a story yesterday about the recent spike in cholera cases in Haiti. This was a follow up to their story last week about cholera being on the rise. Then today, a major story on ProPublica broke about the Red Cross wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti since the quake. Countless people are up in arms. They have every right to be. They either passively donated and then never followed up, or just watched from the sidelines from the start, waiting for others to take action. Neither is empowering. For anyone.
As I travel the world, the thing I hear most often is “I want to do something but I just don’t know what”. One Hundred For Haiti’s Rural Water Project saves lives. And we can only make that happen over the next five years with help from people, organizations, businesses, schools, bands, and so on who step up and spread the word and also donate.
We are as DIY as can possibly be. All labor for the projects is Haitian. No one makes money from One Hundred For Haiti and no money is wasted. We do what we can, when we can, with the resources we have. We do not have million dollar donors like the Red Cross and other inflated organizations. Our budget is small and bare bones. But we make things happen while others waste time and money on bureaucracy and bullshit. And we invite your questions. We want you to be in the know, because when you hear how incredible the work is and how empowering, you will tell others, and then more people can be helped.
In the next few weeks, in addition to the water project, we want to launch a major anti-rape initiative to educate people about child sexual assault in rural communities throughout the south of Haiti where child rapes are on the rise. We can only do these things when people step up and help. If you want to be involved, and make a real change in the world in a place most people have forgotten about, the time is now. Be in touch with ideas, and more importantly action, anytime.
If you want to change the world, get involved and make the process yours. Ask questions.
Be a part of change, not just a spectator to it.
Be a part of change, not just a spectator to it.
ProPublica exposé on Red Cross is HERE.
I am just back from Haiti, where we set up plans for building, maintaining, and repairing forty rural water tanks to prevent deaths from cholera-infected water. The idea, and it is working effectively, is to capture natural spring water (which potentially has cholera in it after any disruption to the water table by hurricanes or cyclones – all of which are common in Haiti) in cement tanks built by local Haitians. The water in those tanks can then be treated before and after any storm to kill the cholera. Since the start of the project, deaths from cholera (which had been rampant before) have dropped to ZERO in the region. One Hundred For Haiti plans to keep it that way.
The project was originated in 2011 by our friends at Peacework Medical. One Hundred For Haiti paid for ten tanks to be built in 2014, bringing the total number to close to thirty tanks. When Peacework mentioned early this year that they were going to have a smaller footprint in Haiti, I said that One Hundred For Haiti would take over the building of any new rural tanks (this week we identified ten new tank sites), as well as maintaining the ten tanks we paid for last year, and doing upkeep and repairs on twenty earlier tanks.
What’s the best way for you to support this work? Sign up for a recurring monthly donation. The link is on the right. Some people donate $100 a month, or $20. Some donate $5, and others $1 a month. It all adds up more than you realize all those donations are used for raw materials for building the tanks, for Haitians to work on the construction, and any chemicals needed to treat the water. One Hundred For Haiti is a fully fledged 501(c)3 non-profit.
Think about it: for the price of a few coffee drinks a month, you can contribute to a major health initiative with long ranging effects and direct impact for people in rural Haiti.
We will be posting more photos and videos soon about the project and about this past week there!
Two boys use leaves to direct a trickle of water into a plastic jug. We plan to build a tank here to catch this water. The tank when filled can be treated with chemicals to kill deadly cholera in the water.
At a rural site, a tank paid for last year by One Hundred For Haiti is flowing strongly with clean fresh water. Water is life. Imagine the effect of forty (or possibly more) of these tanks on the communities they serve and the tens of thousands of people protected as a result.
It is May 11th 2015 and One Hundred For Haiti is heading to Haiti to look into expanding The Rural Water Project and accepting full control of it for the future. We have been a supporter to a partner organization in the past but an opportunity has come up which will allow us to keep the project going entirely on our own.
In the past we have paid for tanks to be built which catch natural spring water in areas where cholera infection in the water is a huge threat (the water gathered in these tanks can be treated before it is used by local people. The treatment kills the cholera and prevents unnecessary illness and death. Since the start of the project, cholera deaths in the region have dropped to zero).
One Hundred For Haiti is looking this week into taking on the entire Rural Water Project on as our own and focusing on whatever needs to be done to complete, maintain, and expand the project.
The point of this trip: to meet with local people who can work for One Hundred For Haiti to repair any tanks in need of fixing in the rural areas served so far, and to insure that new tanks are built to provide rural people with safe, clean, water. Tens of thousands of people will have access to clean water as a result of this work.
To make it happen we will need your help.
We will be providing updates from Haiti and will update everyone very soon on how you can spread the word in your community and on your social networks about this critical and life-saving project and help us expand the number of recurring monthly donors in our network who help us achieve our goals of saving lives and serving rural Haitian people. A recurring donation per month of less than the cost of a latte can be incredibly powerful when magnified by similar donations from dozens or hundreds of other people.
In addition to The Rural Water Project, we hope to have word this week about another critically important initiative which we are funding in the south of Haiti to prevent child sexual assault.
Details on this work will be forthcoming. Child rape has been a huge problem this past year in the south of Haiti and One Hundred For Haiti is funding extensive trainings over the better part of a year in rural communities to educate leaders, parents, community organizers, and local citizens about process and behavior around sexual assault and how to prevent it, support survivors, and how to build stronger communities.
More soon…you are the driver behind this journey. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.