“Heroes of the Sun” is a film in the making by award-winning filmmaker and producer, Fabienne Lips-Dumas. She travels into the heart of Haiti’s biggest slum Cité Soleil, where life is plagued by poverty and violence. Featured in the film are International Action and other non-profit groups. The documentary tells a story of promise and light capturing the resilience, pride and solidarity of Haitians in the midst of their struggle to survive.
The communities we work with are teeming with excitement as the chlorine distribution center comes closer to completion. Gaining access to safe water saves people’s lives. It also empowers them if they have the power and responsibility to maintain their clean water supply themselves. Most Haitians have little or no input in how their communities are run and their frustration can lead to apathy and bitterness. It is life changing when people are given a chance to voice their opinions and change their own lives. You can feel it in how they talk to you, with confidence, conviction and hope. The Chlorine Distribution Center is a big step towards toward the empowerment and sustainability of Haitian communities.
The solar panels at St. Laurent. These panels power the solar pump.
We have found an affordable solar pump system that works with our chlorinators. This is a way for us to bring clean water to communities without access to electricity or gravity-fed pipe systems. It will cost $25,000 to install the next nine solar pumps and chlorinators, which will be in the Artibonite region.
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.