Haiti Relief Update

“You have to have faith,” says one Haitian resident.

And faith is exactly what continues to be portrayed now.
Fifteen days after the mass devastation, a local girl is pulled out of the debris of a collapsed school in Port-au-Prince. The rescuers who were able to remove Darlene Etienne and transport her to the nearest hospital are amazed at how long she was able to survive, and even proclaim that it is a miracle.
Nearby, neighboring communities wait in anticipation for clean water and supplies. Thousands of Haitians gather into refugee camps. Government officials have yet to close talks about opening the country up to even more Haitian immigrants, however, the true problem can no longer be ignored. Even before the earthquake, Haiti’s water was so substandard that they hold the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere due to water-borne diseases. Even if the United States can continuously manage to deport resident’s out of the country, Haiti needs to simultaneously be rebuilt and granted clean water. Without clean water, the real problem will never be solved. Joseph Treaster of the Miami Herald refers to IA’s work in Haiti, and stands by us proclaiming that billions of dollars need to be allocated towards  “cleaning up the country’s drinking water and to making sure it stays clean.” The rest of his article can be found by clicking below:
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-views/story/1450085.html.

The strategy at IA is to work with private water basin and reservoir owners in neighborhoods and be granted access to their basins to fill them up with water to serve Paup’s population. The team currently is  in talks with the owners and will report to us next week on how many they got and how much it will cost in terms of trucks. But Dalebrun Esther plans on hiring four more trucks for filling up the reservoirs.

Dalebrun would like to focus his work on Cite Soleil next week because the neighborhood is not receiving help from other organizations and the population is in big need. The impact will be of grave importance in this region because it has yet to be assisted by organizations yet in comparison to other communities.

The number of water tanks that can hold water is very small. Dalebrun doesn’t have an exact number because he did not go to all the neighborhoods, but we know that the number will be small. The DINEPA water agency is working on getting the water up and running. Next week after Dalebrun reports back to us, we will have a better idea of the total number of undamaged water tanks.

The internet is only working for big companies, not for small enterprises and individuals. A satellite phone was sent out with a group from Utah called “Utah Hospital Task Force”.  The person that has the phone is:
 
John Nichols  cell# 801-949-7826

The people of Haiti remain faithful and patient for help. You can be the help they need by donating today.

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