In November 2011, we installed two new chlorinators and were able to accomplish many other important goals. This raises the question: What does International Action do when besides installing chlorinators?
Answer: A whole lot.
We regularly visit chlorinator sites to check up on and maintain the structures. While we we’re there, we meet up with community leaders in order to strengthen our ties with the community, and to help strengthen bonds within the community itself. We want to make sure the devices we’re installing are effective and efficient in reaching the largest number of people. We also carry out residual chlorine tests that can help us monitor the stock of chlorine and the quality of the water in the tanks with chlorinators. Similarly, we restock the chlorinators with chlorine tablets as well as give out granular chlorine to those communities that do not have chlorinators. For instance, in November alone we distributed forty-four buckets of granular chlorine to fourteen sites in Port-Au-Prince and to two sites outside of the city. We also provide granular chlorine to other organizations that can distribute them amongst the areas in which they work. Thanks to BRAC we set up two chlorinators in November. BRAC (Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) is an international aid organization that expanded into Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake. We paired up with the health branch of BRAC in order to combat cholera. Their program helped design a clean water structure in a school that channeled rainwater. We then put a 2,000-gallon water tank on the site located in Port-Au-Prince.
Recently, we have been preparing for our expansion into Jacmel. In order to find out what chlorinator sites would be most effective, we have been carrying out studies surveying the area and speaking with community members. Our first chlorinator was installed in December.