This past weekend, our consulting engineer Deepak Kenkeremath returned from Haiti, where he met with local staff and NGOs to discuss possibilities for rebuilding Port-au-Prince’s public water system.The office is currently analyzing his findings, conclusions, and recommendations from that trip to formulate an effective strategy for water relief in Haiti. Pictures from his trip will be put up soon.
Last night, Program Officer Jeffery Sejour and Program Coordinator Jeremy Mak, along with Mr. Kenkeremath, attended a presentation on Reconstructing Haiti given by Haiti’s Minister of Tourism Patrick DeLatour at the Haitian Embassy in DC. We got to hear the Government of Haiti’s plan for rebuilding the country and also engaged the minister in the question and answer session regarding providing water services to the population of Port-au-Prince.
On the ground, our truck laden with 200 mosquito nets and a heavy supply of PVC pipe fittings just arrived in Saint-Marc yesterday for our local staff to pick up. We’re working to identify other shipping options, as well as purchasing or getting in-kind donations for our next shipment of supplies to Haiti. We want to thank Ms. Kim Jardine and the great people of Patagonia for supplying us with some high-quality rain gear and clothing for our local staff in Haiti–this will help protect them in downpours in the current and future rainy seasons. (Haiti has no garment industry, so everything must be shipped in).
We also want to thank especially college students and high school youth who have recently contributed to our water relief efforts in Haiti: One of our former interns Wesley Laine, worked with Reverend Michael C. McFarland and the Student Government Association to raise $18,800 for Haiti relief at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Half was given to Yele Hait, and half to International Action.
The Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Team from Benecia High, CA, raised $1,000 for us to help put in a chlorinator in the Cite Soleil area that will provide clean water for up to 50,000 people.
Tomorrow, April 21, the Rock Bottom Remainders will be playing at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC, NE. It’s a benefit concert to support World Vision’s Haiti Relief Program. Show starts at 8:30pm. Our Coordinator Jeremy Mak will be there for anyone interested in speaking with him about our water relief program. His cell phone number is six two six 826 three nine five seven.