Committed before the quake...Committed after
Deep Springs' long-term approach to the water crisis
Deep Springs started in Haiti in 2006, four years prior to the tragic earthquake that claimed the lives of over 220,000 Haitians on the neighboring island of Hispaniola. This is because the water crisis in Haiti is a chronic problem - not a short-term problem that was caused by the earthquake. The Haitian water dilemma is a complex problem involving a number of factors - poverty, water infrastructure, low education, deforestation that affects water supplies, and since 2010 the introduction of cholera which has claimed over 8,500 lives to date.
The earthquake was a huge crisis...and it only made a big problem bigger as millions were displaced from their homes, and hundreds of thousands living in tent cities without proper sanitation and access to clean potable water. Deep Springs was well-positioned to meet the overnight demand for chlorine to treat drinking water due to our established presence in Haiti.
Following the cholera outbreak, we provided a local source of Gadyen Dlo chlorine solution to many partner organizations to save lives from deadly water borne diseases. Some of our partners included:
- Partners in Health
- Save The Children
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Haitian Ministry of Water (DINEPA)
Make-shift camp where Michael Ritter and the Deep Springs team stayed immediately after the 2010 earthquake.
Together with our partner organizations, we provided
clean water to over 2 million people since 2010
In Port-au-Prince, people desperate for water after the quake broke into water mains and created community "wells" like this.