We are in need of seven, (7), portable water purification units at a cost of $2,387.00 each; for the outlying areas surrounding Port Au Prince. Most of the Haitian earthquake relief efforts are concentrated immediately in and around the capital city while the more rural areas are still not receiving the attention they desperately need and fatalities continue from a lack of sanitary water sources.
Our goal is to not just handout water supplies but rather offer long term solutions by providing devastated areas with the means to purify their own water with a portable water purification unit.
Once the local population has designated several individuals to be trained to use and care for the devices, they will be able to provide enough water for their local communities for the foreseeable future.
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED: $21,624.00
Haitian Project Update!
Despite pledges, Haiti is in shambles
Nearly three years after a devastating earthquake, funds are lagging…
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live in miserable conditions and nearly half of $4.5 billion pledged by governments for reconstruction has yet to be disbursed nearly three years after one of the most devastating earthquakes the Western Hemisphere has ever seen. The quake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.
There’s been a remarkable lack of progress according to Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which has followed Haiti’s, (lack of), recovery.
As Haiti struggles through the aftermath created by a disaster that leveled more than 300,000 buildings and left its economy and government in ruins, more than half a million people still live in tents according to official reports from the United Nations.
Few of them have access to clean, safe water supplies, sanitation and other basic services. 60% are jobless and the world’s largest cholera outbreak has killed an additional 7,000 people and infected 500,000 more according to the United Nations aid groups!
Who are the real losers? The general public, the ones patiently waiting for the help that has never arrived! One of the biggest problems is that the vast majority of help that is arriving in Haiti is only making it to the inner city areas while the hundreds of thousands of people in outlying rural areas remain stranded without any assistance to speak of.
The single most significant cause of death in Haiti today is from the simple lack of clean, safe potable water sources. People are dying daily because they do not have access to clean water and so they drink whatever they can find, become ill and die as a result. This is an unacceptable tragedy according to Rick Bartel, a representative from the WATER for the WORLD Initiative. This non-profit organization specializes in providing assistance to these outlying areas in not only Haiti but dozens of sites around the world, where sadly the largest number of deaths are found among young, innocent children.
Recognized for their reputation for well disbursed fund allocation, WATER for the WORLD is one of the leading organizations actively stomping out the world’s need for water. Visit their website at http://www.PondsForPeace.org, for additional information.Original Article published in USA Today, edited and updated by Robert Fortney