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MAKE A "WELL" OF A DIFFERENCE!
Our work happens in Haiti as a result of a collaboration between awesome volunteers and generous donors - like you, our US & Haitian friends, staff and partners. Together we are making real tangible quantifiable changes!
Our clean water project is an exciting opportunity that positively impacts the livelihood of the Haitian communities where we work. In fact, recent data from our Gadyen Dlo water treatment bucket program indicated reduced rates of diarrhea among users, decreasing from 40% to 1.8%.
In the mountains and foothills near the region of Arcahaie, CHI's Quality Control Workers (QCW) have distributed more than 1,000 Gadyen Dlo (Water Guardian) water treatment buckets, which are complete with a lid and water spigot. In collaboration with our Extended Term Volunteers (ETVs), each bucket has been numbered and identified with GPS coordinates. Our Haitian staff and ETVs spent time with the families in their homes, asking them about their health and drinking water. From a 2012 survey, we know that 98% of the water from many of these sources is contaminated with fecal matter. Thus a water treatment system for our families is imperative for their health and safety!
Each month, the QCWs return to visit the families, ensure the buckets are operational, sell replacement chlorine, and answer any questions the families may have. By staffing this project, CHI encourages health equity by continuing to lower incidents of diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, rotavirus, and other water borne illnesses.
Currently, 1,000 buckets have been distributed into the homes in our service area. CHI works with a company called Deep Springs International to distribute their Gadyen Dlo buckets. Their mission is to "...improve life in developing countries by identifying and encouraging the use of affordable water purification systems, teaching the importance of proper household water treatment, and creating new business opportunities for local people." Using this business model has been instrumental in enhancing quality of life, reducing rates of diarrhea and providing econominc opportunities for our Haitian staff.
Our vision of unanimous access to clean water is large. With CHI and Gadyen Dlo, each small step we take brings us closer to achieving that goal.
How to Use the Gadyen Dlo System:
1. Put 2 capfuls of chlorine into the 5 gallon bucket, wait 30 minutes
2. Use the spigot to get the water you need from the bucket. Keep the lid on the bucket, and keep the bucket out of the sun.
3. Water is now clean and you can drink it without a problem.
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