2011-2012 Albendazol Distribution Reports

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The International Action team is currently working on releasing a report on its 2011-2012 Albendalzol distribution efforts. Here’s a quick glance of our numbers!

Thanks to our 2011 partnership, a total of 66 schools received aid in all regions of Haiti. Totaling 200,000 pills for 2011.

2012’s cooperation with 13 different local committees and organizations led to the distribution of 413,400 pills.

Bringing our total sum for 2011-2012 at just over half a million! Our deworming campaign’s final number stands at 613,400 pills which were successfully administered and distributed to both children and adults throughout Haiti.

International Action would like to thank all of its partner organizations and community organizers for making our Albendazol distribution a success!

Stay tuned for our full report on our site: http://www.haitiwater.org

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Haiti’s Future Looks Bright Three Years After the Earthquake

As some of you may know, in 2010 Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Last 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 who lost their lives and those that were affected by the tragic event.  We have worked hard to make sure that Haitians have clean water, and now, since the earthquake, 900,000 Haitians have access to clean water because of our efforts.

The earthquake killed over 200,000 people, injured over 300,000, and it displaced over 1 million people.  Asides from human loss, the earthquake also damaged thousands of houses, schools, hospitals, and many other public infrastructure. All of these people are still recovering from the devastating effects caused by the earthquake. Many of the Haitians affected  were left without clean water as their personal or community water stations were destroyed.

International Action has been providing clean water to Haiti since 2005. However, our efforts increased significantly since the earthquake destroyed many clean water infrastructures. Our Clean Water Campaign has been very successful and popular in the Haitian community. This program has helped over 900,000 Haitians gain access to clean, safe water through community-led and-based chlorination projects. We have installed and maintained roughly 140 chlorinators throughout Haiti. Neighborhoods consider the chlorinator a blessing. It does such an effective job providing clean water that people take pride of having one in their community.

As a result, we have started a new project, the Chlorine Bank Network, to make our chlorinators sustainable.  The Chlorine Bank Network will provide a community based chlorine distribution network. The idea to build a chlorine distribution system came from the community. They just need some help to get started and organized. With the Chlorine Bank Network we are beginning a project leading towards community empowerment and sustainability.

We are hoping that in the future Haiti will have a sustainable source of clean water, possibly provided by the Chlorine Bank Network.

One Person Can Make an Impact! Eduardo’s Birthday Wish is Clean Water for Haiti

On November 21st Eduardo Couto, a student studying International Relations in London, is turning 27 years old. He is not asking for a party. He does not want or need presents. Instead, he wants his friends and family to help our group, International Action, provide clean water to the hundreds of thousands of Haitians in need.

International Action is a Washington D.C. and Haiti based non-profit organization, whose purpose since 2006 has been to improve the health of Haitians by preventing the spread of waterborne diseases in Haiti, such as cholera, typhoid and chronic diarrhea. We accomplish this by installing chlorinators on neighborhood water kiosks, which provide communities and schools with permanent access to clean, safe water.

Roughly 900,000 Haitians now have clean, safe drinking water because of our efforts.

Eduardo reached out to us because he knows that despite all of our success, there are still four million people in Haiti that do not have access to clean, safe water.

Our chlorinators effectively treat water, while remaining inexpensive and easy to use. They have the potential to provide millions of Haitians with clean water, permanently.

What Eduardo is doing is incredible. Please, do something amazing today, join Eduardo and International Action, and give the precious gift of clean water.

Here is the link for Eduardo’s fundraising campaign: http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/fundraiser/prevfund/gg.html?regid=7312.

Haiti Affected by Hurricane Sandy: Nine people have died and thousands are being evacuated.

Hurricane Sandy has swept through Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti. Government officials in Haiti are still assessing the damages caused by Sandy. Hurricane Sandy comes on the heels of Tropical Storm Isaac, which killed 24 Haitians and forced many to abandon their homes temporarily.

It was reported that Sandy caused landslides, flooded hospitals and homes, and tore down a bridge and a cholera treatment center. Flooding has caused the evacuation of more than 1,000 people still living in post-earthquake settlements. Additionally, some roads have been blocked off leaving several communities isolated.

The extent of the damage does not appear to be as great as Tropical Storm Isaac. However, nine people have died, and there could be reports of more deaths over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Isaac hits Haiti, International Action responds Immediately

Haiti cannot catch a break. In just two years after the devastating earthquake and cholera epidemic, Haiti is dealing with the aftermath of yet another natural disaster: Tropical Storm Isaac. International Action has acted immediately in their efforts to help the Haitian community.

Isaac hit the coast of Haiti on Saturday, August 25th. The storm affected the South and Southeast coasts as well as the West Department. Approximately 24 people have died as a direct result of the storm. The storm caused floods that wrecked houses, power lines, and cars. The floods have also contaminated many wells making water unsafe to drink.  If this is not dealt with promptly and properly, it could lead to another waterborne disease epidemic.

International Action’s Haiti Director, Dalebrun Esther, has reported back sharing his first-hand experience of Isaac.

“The streets were flooded waist-high and the roofs of the houses were blown away. Many people are being deprived of basic needs. People cannot get access to water, food, shelter, and medicine.”

To make things worse, Isaac affected refugees whom had previously been affected by the 2010 earthquake.

“Many homeless families that had been living in tents since the 2010 earthquake were forced to evacuate. These People have nowhere to go. They need our help.”

International Action reacted instantly in order to help the Haitian people.

“We have been actively involved, trucking water to the communities affected. Neighborhoods like Marie Madeleine located in Croix-des-Bouquets have received clean water from us [International Action].”

 – Dalebrun Esther

Many communities have contacted International Action because they need clean water after the storm contaminated their water and forced them to abandon their homes. International Action is trucking water until the people are back in their homes and their local wells have been fixed.

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