RURAL WATER PROJECT; Ranquitte Region, Haiti
In the entire region of Ranquitte, cholera hit hard. Thousands of people died, some while literally struggling to get to relief centers. The region lost 4% of its population due to cholera. Obviously, help is needed here and this must never happen again.
Cholera is not native to Haiti, and in fact it was introduced accidentally by a UN worker in 2010 and quickly spread through the country. Its still here. At this point, there is no getting the cholera out of the water table, but there are things which we can do to prevent the cholera that IS there from being reintroduced to the water supply.
One Hundred For Haiti has taken full responsibility for the building, maintaining, and repairing of forty tanks in the Ranquitte region.
These tanks catch water flowing directly from natural springs. That water is then treated to kill cholera and then from there the local population can access the water to drink and use, etc. Any natural disaster or even a major storm can re-introduce cholera to the water supply and these tanks will save lives by killing the cholera at the source. We are affecting thousands of families with this work.
We estimate that 20,000 people will be protected from death by cholera. Exact population estimates are difficult to ascertain in areas this rural.
We use local labor and we interview local people. This is where we are different. We listen. We act when its needed. And we support the people of Haiti to save lives directly. You can help make this happen.
GTPE: ANTI SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAININGS FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
In Haiti, lack of education is a huge issue. Social norms lead people to abusive behavior – as they do worldwide – but here it often is found that lack of education prevents those who have been abused from speaking out for themselves against their abusers. In the last year and a half the number of reported child rapes has been very high, and One Hundred For Haiti stepped in to fund the GTPE initiative, which is a series of educational sessions in nine rural communities, letting parents, teachers, and locals know what is, and what is not, rape and abuse, and then what can be done to help prevent it.
So far, NINE trainings have taken place and response has been overwhelmingly positive. There has never been an initiative like this, and people are very happy and relieved that a group has stepped up to put together these trainings on behalf of people in need. Video will be forthcoming on our social media soon showing the responses of the local people to this important training.
The goal: increased education, less abuse (specifically for children), and more empowerment for the people of southern Haiti. Long term goal: expanding this project to other areas of Haiti so as to serve people wherever they are in need.
Photo below: audiences at the most recent training in the remote community of Tiburon listen to ideas and steps for action about abuse, sexual assault, and how to recognize mistreatment of children.
RURAL VILLAGE SUPPORT; La Source
A long-standing relationship with the villagers of La Source Haiti has allowed us to be directly involved in their lives in a number of ways. Immediately after the quake, a personal friend gave the then fledgling One Hundred For Haiti a generous donation that allowed for one villager injured by the earthquake to receive immediate medical attention in a private medical clinic. That same donor also paid for the safe transport from Port au Prince to the Dominican Republic and then home to New York to her father for a teenage girl who had been stranded in Haiti while visiting family. Her family, and her father, are the connection we have to the village of La Source. Since then, One Hundred For Haiti followed through with a promise to deliver over 2,000 lbs of rice to the village from the United States during a time when food was in short supply. Recently, we sent funds to repair a damaged roof on a structure that housed a number of people from one particular family. These people would have been rained on throughout the rainy season in the summer of 2011 had it not been for your donations. Our future involvement in the village will include projects ranging from the building of a medical clinic and school, to the establishment of electricity in the village.