What has your charity done in Haiti?
Water Missions International responded immediately to the needs in Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. With a Haiti country program already in place, we were able to supply a number of our safe water systems within just a few days. Water Missions International has installed 156 safe water projects since the earthquake, providing life-saving safe water to over 250,000 Haitians. These projects include easily operated water treatment systems, chlorinators, chlorine and other safe water equipment. Thirteen additional systems were deployed to Haiti on January 10, 2011 and will provide safe water for up to 50,000 more Haitians. For more information on our efforts in Haiti and to watch a short video, please go to our website at http://www.watermissions.org/haiti-earthquake.
What are the outcomes (immediate results) of your efforts in Haiti?
Water Missions International has played an integral role in improving the health and sanitation of thousands of people in Haiti. It is estimated that over 250,000 Haitians have received safe water from our projects; each system treats 10,000 gallons of water per day to be 100% bacteria free. In areas that were cholera-stricken, our systems eliminated new cases of cholera and significantly decreased the spread of water-borne diseases.
Based on your outcomes thus far, has your charity adjusted its course of action to improve the results?
While Water Missions International will continue to respond with new safe water systems, about 20 percent of the safe water projects deployed for Haiti’s disaster response have already transitioned to long-term community development. Community development is a program that trains Haitians to operate and maintain the water systems in their communities so that a safe water solution is in place for up to 20 years. To learn more about our community development program, please visit our website at http://www.watermissions.org/our-response.
Is your charity planning to continue to provide assistance to Haiti in the coming months and years? If so, please explain your plans.
Water Missions International has had a committed presence in Haiti since November 2007. With a country program director and a full staff of Haitian workers, Water Missions International will continue to be in Haiti for many years to come. Our team is dedicated to serving the people of Haiti with our long-term safe water solutions and health and hygiene programs.
What do you anticipate will be the biggest challenges facing the people of Haiti in the years to come? Do you have suggestions for how to address these challenges both via your own organization and through the efforts of others?
Water Missions International believes that safe, clean water is the source of life. It is the foundation for health, education, and viable economies. We believe that if every person in Haiti has access to safe water, it would dramatically affect the fabric of a community. Our engineers are passionate about providing safe water solutions, not just for the crisis, but for the generations to come. Through our one-of-a-kind systems, we bring liquid hope in the form of water.
Have you been able to coordinate and pool your efforts with other organizations?
Yes, Water Missions International has partnered with a number of organizations to assist in the efforts to help Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. A few of these organizations are Food for the Poor, Samaritans Purse, Operation Blessing, Blue Ridge Ministries, Fed Ex, and the US & Canadian Military.