Today the United Nations finally admitted responsibility for their role in starting the cholera epidemic in Haiti. This, after denying it for years, though aid workers have known all along.
GREG BENNICK was interviewed by KOMO News Radio about One Hundred For Haiti’s response to this news. You can listen to that three-minute interview here.
To download the audio file, click HERE.
For a country which has been under the heel of powerful external forces for centuries, this is just the latest injustice served to the people there. Cholera, which has not been in Haiti in recorded history, has now killed close to ten thousand people.
Get involved with our efforts to end cholera in one region of north central Haiti. Read about the Rural Water Project under “CURRENT INITIATIVES”.
NOTE: Haitian Creole / English speakers = please download our Cholera Information Sheet (translated into Creole) here for distribution in Haiti.
Woke up in Port au Prince this morning thinking about how much I spend on bullshit each month. Things I think I need. Excess. Extras. Stuff.
If each one of our friends – that means us too – signed up to donate to One Hundred For Haiti even just part of what we spend on bullshit each month (the amount of your double tall iced vanilla latte with soy milk or my Netflix subscription) as a recurring monthly donation, we could fund in just TWO months all of our Rural Water Project‘s anti-cholera program and all of the anti-violence GTPE sexual assault trainings. Basically we would be fully funded through 2017.
Help us fund these important programs. I promise we’ll each still have enough money left over for bullshit.
(wonders which restaurant he will get a burrito from this week back home, considers all the things he saw in Haiti this week, presses “post” from his beloved MacBook Air…)
While we still need donations to support it, we want to go full speed ahead for late 2016 and into 2017 on our clean water project in rural Haiti, supporting the request OF the people and FROM the people to be protected from cholera in ways that are community driven, community built, community monitored.
Here is what we DON’T do:
– We don’t come in and tell anyone what they need
– We don’t build anything for people: we support them building their own systems to protect themselves and their communities
– We don’t lead the project, we allow ourselves to be led
Here is what we DO, always:
– We listen to the people
– We follow guidelines established for us by medical professionals about cholera and have shared that information in the local Creole language as handouts so that people can be further protected
– We serve the people overall by supporting them serving themselves
Please consider signing up for a recurring monthly donation…you would be amazed at how far even $5 per month can go.
For more in the project, see OUR LINK TO THE RURAL WATER PROJECT HERE.
NOTE: Haitian Creole / English speakers = please download the Cholera Information Sheet (translated into Creole) for distribution in Haiti.
Today we met face to face with our fellow team members in the GTPE (Working Group for the Protection of Children) in the south of Haiti. Our partner Morgan Wienberg from Little Footprints, Big Steps coordinated this meeting to let us hear directly from team members about the work they have completed in phase one of these trainings over the last year.
In GTPE, a consortium of government and local officials travel to meet with rural people in order to hear about what problems those local communities face. Then at a grass roots level, decisions are made about what can be done in those neighborhoods to curb the rising tide of violent crime across the south of Haiti. Your donations let GTPE train over five thousand people about what violence and sexual assault are and how to start at the community level coming up with solutions to these problems.
Today was a Saturday and people still came out to the meeting. A turn out like this is unheard of in this part of Haiti. These are community members who BELIEVE in their communities becoming stronger. We are helping to make that happen.
In this photo, volunteer task force committee members from the community of Derrière Fort are acknowledged as follow up outreach workers by members of the neighborhood. Each of these committee members will be actively spreading the word about the work being done and will ask other members of the community to get involved.
We need to raise money for phase two of this work. You can help: consider a monthly recurring donation in the amount you think is worth it to stop the rape of a child, or the abuse of a spouse. Its that simple. If you were to donate even $5 or $10 per month, over the course of a year you would help this work continue in a major way. We will be funding the next round of GTPE trainings in the months ahead. Now is a great time to get involved!
We are leaving for Haiti in 24 hours to visit the Rural Water Project and check in with our local contacts about all of the safe water sources your contributions have provided in the last year through donations.
Then after a few days of hiking in the hills to those water sites, and meeting with local people, we will make our way to the south of Haiti where we will meet with representatives of GTPE in order to plan out the next phase of the anti-sexual assault education resource training.
SHOWN HERE: one of our Haitian friends sent us this photo of a boy next to the security door YOU paid to have built to protect a cistern which had been built through donations around a water source.
All possible because of YOU. Become a recurring monthly donor, buy a shirt, get involved. We are making a difference in the lives of people who need it.
More updates soon!