Newly Installed Chlorination System in the Artibonite Region
In the Artibonite Region of Haiti, for the first time, we are in the midst of finishing a chlorinator project that we will be able to leave completely in the hands of the Haitian people.
The Clean Water for the Artibonite Region of Haiti Project —Background
In partnership with Sunrise Rotary (the local Rotary in Haiti) and St. Anne’s church from Hagerstown, Maryland, International Action has installed four chlorinators, water pumps (run on generators), piping systems, and water reservoirs in four communities nearby Dessalines, the center of the Artibonite region of Haiti. For each installation, a water committee of three members has been elected by the communities to operate, maintain and collect the local funds needed to sustain these systems. The most important part about this project is that it allows for a self-sustainable water treatment system after International Action has completed the design and installation.
The Clean Water for the Artibonite Region of Haiti project is almost finished. 16,000 Haitian families are ready to have long-term access to clean, safe water. We need another $7,060 to make this happen. Most of these funds will be used to ensure the project's sustainability.
Since International Action installed chlorinators, the rate of diarrhea and sickness of children dropped dramatically. Kids are not getting sick any more. We learned we can prevent such diseases. We'd like to keep it this way.