Clean Water for Rantlamouaie, Haiti!
THE NEED FOR WATER: Life Sustaining Waters… Water: We all need it, but many of us are privileged enough to forget about our strong reliance on it. We need it for drinking, cooking, and bathing. We need it to grow crops, support animals, and for proper sanitation. We need it for industry, for energy, for fun and for life. Water is absolutely vital for life.
THE SITUATION IN RANTLAMOUAIE: In the rural village of Rantlamouaie water is available at two water holes but testing shows the water to be contaminated, which could create severe health risks to Rantlamouaie’s people. The protozoa, viruses, and/or bacteria are naked to the human eye but when swallowed, these microorganisms move into the intestine, where they can reproduce causing many life-threatening health problems, such as diarrhea. According to the World Health Organization, diarrheal disease accounts for an estimated 4.1% of the total daily burden of disease, and is responsible for the deaths of 1.8 million people every year. Significantly, it has been estimated that 88% of that burden is attributable to unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene. These problems are mostly concentrated in children in developing countries, such as the children of Rantlamouaie. Essentially, water, which should be a source of life, actually becomes a dangerous threat for many children.
TO LOVE A CHILD STEPS IN TO HELP:
Spring 2013: We reach out to find a partner(s) to assist with this project
Fall 2013: Aztech Techologies agrees to be our partner
July 2014: Cement pad and piping laid
Sept. 2014: Installation of water unit containing purification system