“Sak vid pa kanp. / An empty sack can't stand up.” -Haitian proverb
“WATER IS LIFE” WELL: FAITH CHURCH, CAP-HAITIEN
Working in collaboration with compassionate churches, individuals, and groups, ISA installed a well at Faith Church in the community of Madeline. Now, over 2,500 people have a local source for safe drinking water.
HAITI’S WATER CRISIS
The lack of clean, drinkable water in Haiti has been stealing hopes and lives for more than a century. Water, the most basic of all human necessities, is a luxurious item that is scarce and expensive for the average Haitian. According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, “close to 70 percent [do] not have direct access to potable [drinkable] water.”
Consequently, many resort to gathering water from 'garbage-filled' rivers to supply their daily household needs, including cooking and drinking. Most water sources are contaminated with raw human waste, because of the absence of sewage sanitation systems, and intestinal worms, that cause debilitating side-effects in infected children and adults. Unsanitary water exposes men, women, and children to the germs that cause cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, chronic diarrhea, and other waterborne diseases. Waterborne illnesses are the origin of more than half of the deaths every year.
“Access to safe water and adequate sanitation services has proved to be one of the most efficient ways of improving human health,” according to the UN World Water Development Report. Clean water saves lives, reduces suffering, and improves the quality of life.
ISA provides clean drinking water to communities through our “Water Is Life” program.
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