International Action commits to importing a fiberglass tank factory. Its plan is to manufacture 1600 gallon neighborhood water tanks to receive trucked water, and attach chlorinators to each one to treat the water. It will cost ,000 to buy and import the fiberglass factory for making tanks, which will make 1 tank a month in the first year. The factory will employ four Haitians directly, and the installation of the tanks will be directed by our current Director Dalebrun Esther, and four plumbers. If each tank serves 30,000 people, this effort will add 360,000 Haitians to our beneficiaries every year.
In five years, this program will finish Port-au-Prince neighborhoods and reach beyond the city. Typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and chronic diarrhea will no longer be a constant threat to children in these areas. At the end of five years, these waterborne disease may disappear from Port-au-Prince because of this program.
Waterborne diseases - cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and chronic diarrhea -- are the leading cause of infant death and sickness in poor countries. There are 2 million residents of Port-au-Prince without access to clean, safe water. Most get their water from trucks loading in the lowest part of Cit? Soleil - the worst slum in the capital - which may have the dirtiest water. These 300 trucks deliver some 3000 gallons daily to various neighborhoods through old, iron tanks which will corrode from chlorine, so water must be treated after transport.
Since May 2006, we have installed 120 chlorinators on all the public water tanks in Port-au-Prince. Tablet chlorine is safe - unlike liquid or gas chlorine - and our chlorinators on public water tanks in Haiti give safe water to 400,000. Local volunteer waterboards of 20 women become key health teams in each neighborhood giving out other medicines as well.
SEEKING: - Seeking for new vehicles to navigate the provincial towns in order to provide clean water for these folks. - Looking for funding to cover the entire Artibonite region, where the cholera outbreak started.
OFFERING: - Offering our services to any group that would like to collaborate on water projects.