IBWPPI Considers the Water Issues of Haiti a Global Health Concern – The Haitian People Need Your Help!
Haiti is widely considered to have the poorest water quality in the world. According to the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice on Haiti, “only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water” (15, CHRGJ, et al). This is a global health challenge and one that the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute has embraced as one of its international health policy issues.
In the years after this country’s most recent massive earthquake, the water quality in Haiti has only gotten worse. We have partnered with the Haiti Water Project to supply wells and cisterns throughout the country. Using your generous donations, we can get closer to our goal of ensuring that every person has access to clean, fresh water.
In our effort to make a significant difference and to provide as much substantive help to the people of Haiti as possible, IBWPPI has also partnered with Community2Community, aka, C2C, a 501c3 non-profit, service organization dedicated to creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community. The C2C Team traveled to the town of Petit Goâve in August and October of 2010 and performed an informal C2C Community Assessment Survey of six (6) Tent Cities and chose two communities as locations for the pilot project. Through partnering with the community and the office of the Mayor, the project was designed to serve as a model for those wanting to help Haiti in a meaningful and lasting way with a goal of replication throughout the country. We committed to assist as co-laborers, walking along-side to support the people of these two communities to self-sufficiency.
The pilot project consists of 4 initiatives: constructing a water system, building a school, reforesting a mountainside, and constructing a road. Our goal is to mobilize intellectual, financial, and material resources to the point of need to implement initiatives that will result in restoring, rebuilding, revitalizing and re-investing in communities to help them obtain and maintain self-sufficiency. The estimated completion time for the project in the first community, fully funded, is approximately four years. The community had already begun these initiatives prior to the earthquake with very limited resources and very little support.
Since the launch of the pilot project in 2010, the Partner Communities and C2C have:
• Begun building a water distribution system, which will provide access to clean, potable water to the entire community. The water distribution system is comprised of 4 phases:
– Phase 1: locate a water source and build a captage to surround and secure the area.
– Phase 2: excavate an area on the mountaintop that will support a large water tank that will then distribute the water out to a series of kiosks.
– Phase 3: construct a pump house; complete with solar panels and batteries that will pump water to a nearby mountaintop.
– Phase 4: construct 4 kiosks for easier access to water by nearby communities Phases 1 & 2 are completed.
• Constructed 15 new latrines to provide access to proper sanitation Responded to a cholera outbreak, with a one-day education and aqua-tabs distribution intervention that saved over 600 lives; for mostly women and children;
• Initiated a community, medical assessment survey – 66 families documented to date.
• Attracted highly skilled architects and engineers to volunteer and create our project plans and drawings, with the community’s input.
• Supported the community by helping them plant 8000 trees.
• Secured donations of medical and school supplies, clothing and a motorcycle.
We can still do more. To become a part of our Haitian Initiative, please contact us at admin@IBWPPI.org or call us at 202-383-9157. You can also donate by clicking here. Every donation counts!