Reports from Haiti

  • July 19, 2016

    This past year we treated and protected 150,000 children from intestinal worms. In 2016, we plan to help protect 175,000 children from intestinal worm infections. 

  • April 22, 2016

    In 2016, two new, vital water supply creation projects in the Artibonite region of Haiti will provide families with water to drink and will empower them to earn a good living each year!

  • February 19, 2016

    With your support, we will be able to provide village after village in the Artibonite Region (central Haiti) -- of up to 10,000 people in each -- with the means to gain lifetime access to clean, safe water.

  • January 2, 2016

    Our work in the Artibonite Region of Haiti means that 3,700 people, like Angie shown here, have their own, community-maintained supply of clean, safe water.

  • November 13, 2015
    Newly Installed Chlorination System in the Artibonite Region

    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. 

  • October 18, 2015

    During the months of August, September and October, we completed restoration of all active Cite Soleil water sites, the poorest community in Haiti's capital. 

  • July 21, 2015

    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.

  • April 15, 2015
    We need $46,000 to install the new pipes, concrete and protective coverings to provide clean, safe water to 11,500 of the most disadvantaged and forgotten people in the Western Hemisphere.
  • February 26, 2015

    Children need vitamins to grow strong and protect them from illnesses. Many children in Haiti do not have access to enough vitamin A and other essential vitamins. In 2015, we will be providing 44,000 Haitian children the vitamins that they need to grow up happy and healthy. 

  • December 19, 2014

    The construction plans for the Chlorine Distribution Center are complete -- the system by which communities purchase and transport the chlorine they need with their own resources. The elected community representatives have been trained and are excited to begin.

  • November 16, 2014

    I first came to Haiti with Project Hope a year before the earthquake and knew I would be back. After retiring from nursing, I looked for a place in Haiti to volunteer with and came across a young Haitian American's mission, Mission Starfish Haiti.

  • October 15, 2014

    This past July we finished an installation in a small town of Fabias in Saint Marc. We were contacted by a local church in Hagerstown, MD to help bring clean water to a school that they sponsor in Fabias. We were inclined to help because this was near the area where the chlorea outbreak first appeared. We made a site visit to access how we could help them and we went back and did an installation of a 2,000 gallons reservoir and chlorinator which are fully functional. Water from the well is pumped up twice a day to fill the reservoir.

  • July 2, 2014
    Children gettting de-worming pills

    Children gettting de-worming pills

    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.

  • April 18, 2014
    Jeffery Sejour, Associate Director, being interviewed on CNN

    Jeffery Sejour, Associate Director, being interviewed on CNN

    Last month, International Action Director, Jeffery Sejour, had a very successful trip to visit our operations in Haiti.  Not only was he able to oversee a brand new clean water project but was also able to contribute to a very special CNN report on the continuous clean water and cholera crisis in Haiti.

  • April 8, 2014

    Every year Haiti’s rainy season brings a new wave of challenges to Haiti. Here, rain means days spent inside, rain boots, and avoiding getting splashed by cars while walking down the street; in Haiti, the rainy season is far more than a nuisance, it is devastating. The rainy season brings a fresh wave of cholera and other diseases as well as the constant threat of flooding.          

  • March 20, 2014

    World Water Day (Saturday, March 22nd) is almost here!  This week, International Action will be remembering the hundreds of millions worldwide who struggle each day to survive without one of the most basic of life necessities - clean water.  Using the momentum of this important day, we ask that you  please support World Water Day and International Action’s vision of universal access to clean, life-saving water. 

  • March 7, 2014

    International Women’s Day is this week and with this in mind it is important to remember what great things can happen from empowering girls. The majority of people in Haiti don’t have access to clean drinking water. The water that they have access to is potentially incredibly dangerous. What this means is that instead of being in school, many young girls are at home, sick. We are trying to bring a safer, brighter future to Haitian girls in more ways than one. Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries with many people live on less than $2 a day.

  • February 5, 2014

    Jean is 12 years old. His story is a resonating one, which offers hope and shows how chlorine is so instrumental in improving health in Haiti. Jean lives with his 7 brothers and sisters and his father, who is slowly going blind.

  • July 23, 2013

    “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.

  • June 27, 2013

    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.

  • April 17, 2013
    The solar panels at St. Laurent. These panels power the solar pump.

    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.

  • March 5, 2013

    We are creating the Chlorine Distribution System because we cannot forget the 900,000 Haitians that already have chlorinators -- the devices do not maintain themselves. Haitian neighborhoods that have a chlorinator want to ensure that they will be able to use their chlorinators indefinitely. The Chlorine Distribution System will provide this assurance.

  • February 4, 2013

    Sadly, one third of the children in Haiti have Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD).  VAD diminishes the immune system’s ability to fight infections, contributes to maternal mortality, and if severe enough, can cause permanent blindness. Next week, we are transporting enough vitamin A to help over 21,000 Haitian children.

  • January 15, 2013

    Saturday January 12th, 2013 marked the third year anniversary since Haiti was victim to a catastrophic earthquake. We ask that you please take a moment and remember the people that lost their lives and those that were affected by the tragic event.