DLO POU VIV (H) AITI 2.0’s
Mission is to “Motivate, Mobilize and Make a Difference”
An international relief organization for the country of Haiti, providing the Northern-Mid Region of Haiti’s, Port au Prince and surrounding regions with self sufficient water wells and/or play pumps.
Our purposes is to drill water wells and/or rudimentary play pumps near elementary schools, orphanages and community centers in areas of Haiti that have been most effected by the earthquake and recent cholera outbreaks; to provide training to community residents with respect to maintaining water wells and/or rudimentary play pumps; to raise awareness regarding clean water, sanitation, recycling, waste management and hygiene by undertaking public awareness campaigns and providing information and training; to assist local schools and businesses to create and implement youth education programs regarding such topics and provide training for jobs in the sanitation, wastewater management and recycling fields, to advance community interest in sustainable water, public sanitation, recycling and wastewater management and lastly to mobilize community residents and leaders to sustain their own community based and affordable water supply systems. “One well at a time”
Why Do We Need To Do This?
Here are few facts to consider.
Cholera in Haiti:
As of October 14, 2011, the cumulative number of reported cholera case was 473,649, of which 251,885 (53%) were hospitalized and 6.631 persons had died. The global attack rate is 4.6%, with Port au Prince at 7.8%. (Haiti Health Cluster Bulletin 7November2011)
Figure 1: Number of total deaths in Haiti between 20 October 2010 – 9 October 2011
Figure 2: Cholera risk and vulnerability across Haiti
Haiti lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes; periodic droughts. Current issues include extensive deforestation (much of the remaining forested land is being cleared for agriculture and used as fuel); soil erosion; inadequate supplies of portable water. At present there are still some 550,000 persons living in a total of 802 camps. According to the latest survey conducted in 626 sites hosting about 500,000 IDPs by the National Directorate for Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) and the WASH Cluster, access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is deteriorating. Withdrawal of humanitarian actors and lack of funds has resulted in a lack of drainage services, poor maintenance and repair of infrastructures and latrines, once again providing an opportune environment for the spread of cholera.
Other Health Issues
Major infectious diseases at high degree of risk in Haiti include: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue fever and malaria, and leptospirosis. Haiti has a high rate of mortality due to AIDS (24,000/year), which result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, and lower population growth rates. 280,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Haiti that could save thousands of lives each year.
Challenges for Children
Of all the nations in the Western Hemisphere, none faces greater challenges to improve the lives of its children than Haiti. In addition to its poor development indicators, Haiti is the country most affected by HIV/AIDS outside of sub-Saharan Africa, which aggravates the well-being of children whose health is already compromised by poverty and inadequate access to basic healthcare. Lack of clean water and sanitation is also a problem through-out the country.