In the last couple of months we have made great progress in advancing our mission to de-worm Haiti. Much of Haiti’s population is infected with intestinal worms that can take almost 20% of a person’s daily nutritional intake. This is especially damaging to children who then suffer from malnutrition and even risk death, despite already struggling to be fed.
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.
A sixteen year old girl in Miami wakes up on a normal day, showers, dresses, eats breakfast, and is off to school, filled with thoughts of friends and classes. Seven hundred miles away in Haiti, sixteen year old Vidjinia Methelus begins her day at dawn with a 30 minute walk to an irrigation stream where she will bathe without privacy and collect water for her family’s cooking and bathing needs.