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.
International Action's Haiti office is distributing 500,000 Albendazole de-worming pills to protect Haiti's communities and get its children healthy and back in school. The pills are available free of charge to non-profit or community organizations that can administer them. We have a supply of albendazole de-worming pills ready for distribution from our warehouse in Port-au-Prince. During the rainy season in Haiti, the streets flood and children are forced to wade through ankle-deep water.
In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22 to be celebrated as “World Day of Water.” Most people now simply call it World Water Day and it has grown in awareness ever since. In the United States, we have the good fortune to take safe drinking water for granted.