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NEWS from Haiti
February 2014
Madame Eveline: A Champion for Clean Water 
Veteran Staffer is Awarded for her Work
 
Our chief technician in Jolivert, Eveline Camille, recently received the first Safe Water Sustainability Award from the Gangarosa International Health Foundation. The Foundation was created by Emory graduate school professor and public health legend Dr. Eugene Gangarosa. 
 
Madame Evelyn, as she is affectionately known, received not only this handsome plaque, but also a $1,000 cash award at the February 7th ceremony in Port-au-Prince.
 
The letter sent to Madame Eveline from Dr. Gangarosa clearly validates why Madame Eveline was chosen as the award's very first recipient:

"Dear Madam Eveline,
 
I write this letter to inform you that the Gangarosa International Health Foundation is honoring you with its first Safe Water Sustainability Award. Our Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation focused on promoting safe water and sanitation programs.

We feel that the public health community does not adequately recognize and honor the healthcare, technical, logistical, administrative, educational, promotional, outreach, and other key services that our locally-based colleagues provide as the vital underpinnings for these lifesaving programs. This Safe Water Sustainability Award is our most recent initiative to acknowledgthe creativity, energy, resourcefulness, commitment, and compassion that people like you bring to the public health community and the people we serve. We feel that your unique contributions qualify you well to be the very first recipient of our Sustainability Award. 

You are receiving this reward for your vital support for the safe water program in Haiti provided by Deep Springs International [whose founder] Michael Ritter, has recommended you in the most glowing terms as his “partner” in this work. Read more...
 
 
Photo: Dr. Joanne McGriff, Associate Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University presents the award on behalf of Dr. Gangarosa.
Pittsburgh Haiti Consortium 
Deep Springs joins forces with 35 local groups working in Haiti
 
The Pittsburgh Haiti Consortium is a new network of Haiti-focused groups who are based in the Pittsburgh area.  According to Abigail Salisbury, the Consortium's Program Director, to date they have identified at least 35 local groups working in Haiti.   These range from missionaries, to groups supporting small indigenous projects in Haiti, to well-established institutions and nonprofits like the Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Deep Springs.
 
Professor Louise Comfort, Director of the Center for Disaster Management at Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), offered to house the network as a project within The Center. This will really help establish the Consortium's presence in the greater Pittsburgh area and provide a high level of credibility as the new network connects with member organizations to develop partnerships, apply for grants, etc.
 
For more information go to pittsburghhaiticonsortium.org or facebook.
 
If you know of other people who might like to work with the Consortium or hear about this exciting new network, please direct them to the website, where they can subscribe to the email list.
 
For more information, you can also contact Abigail Salisbury at abigail@asalisbury.org
The Next Generation 
American Kids learn about the challenges of Haitian kids
 
Whenever CEO Michael Ritter has a chance to share about Haiti with children in the U.S., he loves to visit classes.   Over the years, he has visited several elementary classes in the Pittsburgh area such as this group of eager students he spoke to in January.
 
 
Kids are always interested to learn about kids in other parts of the world - their cultures, how they live, what their homes and schools are like, etc.   Michael likes to point out that the children in Haiti have many things in common with American kids....they like to play games, sports, go to school, and spend time with friends and family.  
 
But he also points out that, for children in developing countries, the lifestyles can be drastically different.   To illustrate this, Michael often talks about how most rural Haitian children - usually the girls - have to walk long distances every day to fetch water...and even with all of that hard work, it is usually not safe to drink.   He fills up a Bucket of Life with water (actually partially filled because 40 pounds is a lot for the first try!) and lets the children try to hold and balance it on their heads.
 
This is always a great hands-on way for children to really begin understanding - and hopefully empathizing - with the struggles that their peers in countries like Haiti face everyday.   Cross-cultural education like this is key in helping the next generation to take an interest in making a positive impact on the world.
Where Did The Aid Go? 
Concerns about misappropriations of government aid

The concerns about government waste and corruption related to Haiti aid have been circulating almost since that dreadful day in January 2010.   Approximately 9.3 billion dollars donated by governments worldwide to help the struggling island nation...but where did it all go?...why is the country still struggling? Some experts estimate that as much as 4 billion was neverallocated for its intended purpose - to "rebuild" Haiti.
 
One enlightening article from NPR points out the public's general misunderstanding about the chronic and severe problems that have plagued Haiti for decades, long before the 2010 catastrophe - and the fact that disaster aid can only be expected to provide short-term relief, not long-term solutions.
 
We can't speak to the efficiency of large government projects, we can only speak to the efficiency of our own programs and our partners with whom we work closely.
 
One measure of efficiency is percentage spent on fundraising.  At Deep Springs, we only spent a little over 2% on fundraising in 2012.   If you compare that to other nonprofit groups, that is very low.  That means that 98% of your hard-earned dollar goes towards directly managing the programs in Haiti that are providing clean water for over 350,000 people this year....and over 2 million to date!
Did You Know....? 
 
HAITI FACT
 
Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic and Cuba, which is the largest.




WATER FACT
 
 
Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.  (WHO/UNICEF)
 
New Board Member 
Welcoming Evens Anozine
 
Evens Anozine is a native of Leogane, Haiti and currently lives in New York City where he serves as the  Director of Events for Brandwidth Media Entertainment. He also serves on the Board of the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation and the We Can't Have That Foundation.  
He has worked with Leopard Capital, Stamford Toyota, and The Manhattan Center.   His degree is from Central Connecticut State University and he also lived and worked in Japan. 

We welcome Evens to the Board and look forward to his contributions to provide clean water to Haiti, including his home town!


Volunteers Wanted 
Check out these opportunities to make a difference
 
Communications Intern in Haiti:  This is a full-time internship in Haiti for a minimum of four months.   Strong preference for those fluent in French or Haitian Creole.    For more information...

Development Intern in Pittsburgh:  This is a part-time or full-time internship for a minimum of six months.  Strong preference for Pittsburgh native.   For more information...

Newsletter / Website Editor:   Are you a professional designer and want to put your skills to use for Deep Springs?   Send a letter of interest and link to your portfolio to Steve Bostian.



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