Displaced persons in Haiti still at risk
172,000 living away from their homes almost 4 years post quake
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Even though the United Nations officially ended its earthquake relief program, the devastating effects of the 2010 disaster – one of the worst in world history – continue. Since our last report there has been an encouraging relocation effort, but according to the IOM there are still 172,000 displaced people and the economy is still in shambles. Learn more
info about the crisis with displaced persons.
Also, with an epidemic of more than 682,000 cases, over 8,300 Haitians have died of cholera – a totally preventable disease. Deep Springs continues to play a lead role in Haiti's anti-cholera campaign. Pan American Health Organization officials fear that, if the disease is not controlled soon, it will spread to epidemic proportions throughuot the hemisphere. According to PAHO
the Dominican Republic has reported over 31,000 cholera cases and 458 deaths since 2010, Cuba has confirmed 678 cases and 3 deaths since July 2012, and Mexico has confirmed 171 cases and 1 death since September of this year.
December 3rd designated as a national day of giving
#GivingTuesday is a new event that proves that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. It celebrates how Americans can do more with their wallets than just shop – and that we Americans can give as good as we get. Only in its second year, #GivingTuesday follows the tradition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to serve as our “opening day to the giving season.”
Tens of thousands of nonprofits are getting involved, including Deep Springs. Watch this video
to learn more and then when you give
to Deep Springs, go ahead and brag on yourself a bit, by spreading the word via your social media. In doing so, you will be encouraging others to give to what they care about....and help this international movement to grow!
And what about Black Friday?
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World Health Organization
Recognizes Deep Springs in new publication
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a toolkit
on monitoring and evaluation for household water treatment efforts.
Three of Deep Springs' studies about the effectiveness of our programs are cited as examples in the toolkit. The Jolivert program is presented as a case study in the toolkit and was also featured at the University of North Carolina's Water and Health Conference recently. The WHO publication also mentions post-quake research showing that our work resulted in the highest "effective use" of household water treatment products among the emergency responses studied.
In 1801, ex-slave Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) led nearly one-half million Haitian slaves against Haiti’s French colonialists. Their eventual victory was the first successful slave revolt and helped establish Haiti as the first black republic.
The worldwide water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (UNDP)
Roberts and Aakesson elected at October meeting
Ashley Aakesson is a nutrition, food security, and development leader with 15 years of experience working with vulnerable groups in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean to improve their health and well-being. Ashley joined the SPRING Project in 2013 as a Social and Behavior Change Communication Advisor. She has worked with PATH and Save the Children. From 2006 to 2010 she served as Executive Director of the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, which partnered with Deep Springs before and after the earthquake of 2010. Ashley holds an MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a BA in Anthropology from Miami University in Ohio.
Margaret Roberts lives in Avella, PA with her husband. She is currently the Senior Procurement Manager for Calgon Carbon Corporation. Margaret graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in English and received a Masters in Business Administration from Chatham University. She joined Calgon Corporation in September of 2013, previously working at LANXESS Corporation and Bayer Corporation. Margaret has been helping Deep Springs informally in many ways since 2009.
Chlorine sales add to our sustainable approach
Our sustainable approach of selling the locally produced Gadyen Dlo brand chlorine is working! So far this year sales have topped $90,500 and have really helped push us towards our goal.
Small Sacrifices = Big Impact!
With small monthly installments set up via our automated online system
you can become a major donor without any big difference to your monthly budget.
- For only $2.74 a day (cup of coffee) you are a $1,000 donor
- For only $5.47 a day (fast food meal) you are a $2,000 donor
That's a small price to pay to provide clean life-saving water in Haiti!