Our productive partnership with DINEPA
Many people who know about Haiti or who have worked in Haiti are aware of chronic problems with the Haitian government - inefficiency, corruption, violent elections and coups, etc. However, we are happy to report that we have enjoyed a very positive and productive relationship with DINEPA, the Haitian Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Partly due to the fact that it is a relatively new and small department, DINEPA is very focused on its mission and has been able avoid corruption.
In 2011, DINEPA ordered 500,000 bottles of our Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine as part of their national response plan to the cholera epidemic. We helped with distributions in three departments (like states) and also have participated in their WASH (Water, Sanitation Hygiene) Cluster meetings. Our Bucket of Life
system is recommended and supported by DINEPA due to chlorine treatment being a key pillar of their national water and sanitation strategy.
Special reunion planned at our "birthplace", Grove City College
As the birthplace of Deep Springs, this year we are celebrating a reunion of donors and friends of Haiti who are located at or near the college. Board Member Dr. Michelle McFeaters
, an accounting and finance professor at Grove City, is organizing the event for the evening of October 10th. CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ritter will be presenting the update
. The free evening event is open to the public, so if you don't receive an invitation directly, contact Dr. McFeaters for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Campaign back in full swing!
Hits September goal of 50% mark
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Major Bucket of Life Distribution
In coordination with U.N. Peacekeepers
A local organization, with funding from the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH), purchased 2,700 Buckets of Life.
They coordinated a training for over 50 individuals in hygiene promotion and cholera prevention. Representatives from Deep Springs as well as the Ministry of Health gave the presentations during the training. These individuals then identified families in Chansolme and Bassin Bleu to receive the Buckets of Life and trained families on
the use of the system.
Logistics support for the bucket distribution was provided by MINUSTAH. Our team for the Northwest Department, based in Jolivert, will serve families to handle their ongoing needs for Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine and support.
In the eighteenth century, Saint-Domingue (Haiti) was the richest colony in the French Empire and was known as the “Pearl of the Antilles.” It grew rich mainly through the importation of slaves and through devastating environmental degradation. Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families. This is equivalent to building 28 Empire State Buildings each day. (water.org.)
New $10,000 project in Leogane Commune
Aqwalife was founded by Venkee Sharma, CEO of Aquatech, a leading water and wastewater treatment company based in Canonsburg, PA. Venkee established Aqwalife in memory of his father Prem Sharma, founder of Aquatech, and as a means for the company and others to support clean water projects for the poor around the world. Our partnership with Aqwalife will focus on serving over 6,000 people in the Leogane Commune of Haiti. This exciting partnership was announced recently at the Aqwalife Golf Classic.
Team LANXESS (L to R)
Keith Papich - LANXESS
Joe Bonazza - Severn Trent Services
Jeff Ritter - LANXESS & Deep Springs Board Member
Alex Lackner - Water Economy Network
Central Indiana Churches for Haiti
CINCH is a coalition of churches in Indiana who are committed to Haiti. They meet annually
and this year's gathering was at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette. Many of these churches partner with Deep Springs to provide clean water for their "adopted" communities where they have a sister church relationship. Michael Ritter provided the annual update
at CINCH on October 6th. If you live in Indiana and would like to attend next year, contact Jeff Newell
In spite of decades of political turmoil and natural disasters in Haiti, one institution is constant - The Church. 80% of Haitians claim a Roman Catholic affiliation and 16% affiliate with Protestant denominations, so church has always been a key local pillar of the community. By partnering with local churches, we not only secure the few physical meeting places in rural communities, but we meet trusted leaders who could become valuable members of the Deep Springs team. We continue to add church partners, both in Haiti and in the U.S. Thanks to the churches in Indiana for their strong commitment to walk hand in hand with their Haitian brothers and sisters!