EMERGENCY UPDATE PART III: Damage Assessment Complete

EMERGENCY UPDATE PART III: Damage Assessment Complete

 

After reaching out to several on-the-ground contacts we have worked with in the past, we were able to connect to staff at Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization with headquarters in Ireland. Engineer Chaungo Barasa, Concern Haiti’s WASH Programme Coordinator, met with members of our local partner APDAG to visit the water facility and assess the damage.

 

After evaluating and testing the current state of the spring source (reservoir), the piping, the collection tank and faucets, he reported the following:

  • The delivery pipe which carries water downstream from the source to the collection tank was broken into two, hence interrupting the supply
  • The existing retaining wall, 2-2.5m high (6.5-8.5ft), was breached by the storm waters, which caused flooding in and around the source, its protective shelter, and the collection tank
  • The retaining wall, however, is intact
  • The shelter around the source was eroded by the descending currents of water, allowing storm water to enter and pollute the source (reservoir)
  • The safe water system has not been functional since about the 28th of October.  People are drawing water from a pool on the ground in front of the source (reservoir) where children also swim

Engineer Barasa has provided APDAG with recommendations as to how the facility can be repaired and eventually improved over a series of stages (based on time and available funds). The immediate plan to restore supply of treated water, which consists of emergency repairs to the delivery pipe and disinfection of the spring source. We expect this to be taken care of this week so we can then begin tackling the recommendations Engineer Barasa has given for short and medium-term repairs and improvements to the facility.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS: From the morning of Monday, November 12th to midnight on Wednesday, November 14th all donations made to our relief efforts through our grant-giving partner One Days Wages will be matched (up to $2,000). Please make a donation now: http://www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/hurricane-sandy-relief-haiti

EMERGENCY UPDATE PART II: No Treated Water and Loss of Homes


While our partners in Haiti continue rationing out the last full tank of treated water to residents, community members continue to clean out the protective shelter around the water source. Though they do not yet have access to treated drinking water, their effort to clean up the spring has resulted in access to water that can be used for cooking (boiling), cleaning, and bathing. The community has also collectively begun assembling rocks that will be used in the construction of larger, stronger retaining walls to protect the facility better in the future.

We have made contact with several engineers in Haiti that, in the next few days, will visit the facility, assess the damage, and help the community develop a plan and budget to repair the damaged piping and construct additional retaining walls. We are extremely grateful to those of you who have donated already but we still need more support if we are to get the facility back up and running. Please continue sending these updates to friends and family before our issue becomes too distant to them.

The other disturbing update we have gotten is about families that have lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy. It is the same as we are seeing in New York and New Jersey, but the stark difference between the two is that in rural Haiti there is NO such thing as homeowners insurance or federal or state emergency funds that will be there for these people. We have to be there for these people!

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Thank you for your continued sacrifice and support. Please remain by our side.

Chad W. Bissonnette
Executive Director