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.