More photos from the installation at Ecole St Dominique

More photos from the installation at Ecole St Dominique which houses 400 school kids who now have access to clean drinking water. The first shows the training session with the team who will oversee the distribution of the clean water and the maintenance of the LGF UF 20K water purification system. The second photo shows the LGF UF 20k water purification system along with the water jugs and the dispensers for these jugs (hand crafted by our local team and some at risk youth from Cite Soleil slums in Port au Prince).

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St Dominiques - Water Jugs

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More photos from College Mixte de Redempteur in Cite Soleil

More photos from Ecole Mixte de Redempteur in the slums of Cite Soleil where LGF Haiti installed one of their water purification systems recently. Prior to this installation, the kids had no access to clean drinking water and were constantly sick and missing school as a result.

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LGF Haiti continues to help Haiti’s children stay healthy

In partnership with the amazing Kate Danvers, LGF Haiti completes yet another installation of its uniquely designed manual hand pump water purification system (designed and built in Haiti by our all Haitian team) This time the LGF UV2000 system was installed at Ecole mixte le Redempteur a school for 500 students located in one of the poorest parts of Haiti’s slums of Cite Soleil, Port au Prince. Thanks to our amazing in country team who are doing such a great job of bringing clean water to all of the school children in Haiti. Haiti’s future is dependent on the health and well being of her children.

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Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera – NY Times Editorial

Haiti in the Shadow of Cholera – NY Times Editorial April 23, 2014

The problem of ending Haiti’s cholera epidemic does not stem from an absence of planning. There is a 10-year plan to eradicate cholera from Hispaniola, the island Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic, by 2022. Within the 10-year plan is a two-year plan to get the 10-year plan up and running. The United Nations has its own two-year plan to support that two-year plan. To tackle the crisis immediately, with treatment, vaccinations and other prevention efforts, there was a one-year plan for last year, and a new one for 2014.

In Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Haitian government officials and international health agencies met to examine the progress of the cholera response. As they surely realized, the difficulty is never a lack of plans, but a lack of money. Last year’s plan called for spending $38 million, but raised only $10 million. The 2014 plan is for about $40 million. It has raised about $6 million. The government says it needs $448 million to carry out its two-year plan; it has raised less than half that.

The 10-year plan, an ambitious campaign to supply vaccinations and treatment and to build the clean water, sewage and health systems Haiti has never had, is expected to cost $2.2 billion. Needless to say, it is off to a bad start. And not surprisingly, other trends are moving in the wrong direction, as The Times reported last week.

The number of cholera treatment centers has plummeted, from 120 to barely 40, as aid organizations leave Haiti. The percentage of cholera patients who die in treatment centers is rising. The rainy season, which began this month, is expected to increase the caseload by tens of thousands as flooding spreads the disease in contaminated rivers and streams used for drinking and bathing.

More than 700,000 Haitians have been sickened since the outbreak began in 2010. More than 8,500 have died.

No one should get cholera, and no one who gets it should die. The cure is astoundingly simple: clean water and rehydrating salts, given intravenously if necessary, can swiftly bring a person back from the edge of death. The long-term solution, clean water and sewage systems, is straightforward. But the outpouring of good will and pledges of aid after the 2010 earthquake have dissipated, leaving little in the way of permanent improvements. Promises made are not the same as money delivered.

The United Nations is in an awkward spot in this crisis. It has been blamed for bringing cholera to Haiti in the first place, through its negligent soldiers who contaminated a river with their sewage. Because it has steadfastly refused to accept responsibility, it is a tarnished advocate, begging donors to send money that they have gotten tired of giving. But even if the conscience of the world no longer shocked by Haitian sickness and deaths, the Haitian people still need the world’s help. At current rates, officials expect 45,000 people to contract cholera this year. In what other country would such a vast and preventable tragedy be tolerated, with little more than wrung hands, empty promises and underfinanced plans?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/opinion/haiti-in-the-shadow-of-cholera.html

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World Water Day – World’s poorest have least access to safe water – UNICEF

New York — 1,400 children under five die each day from causes linked to lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene

Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters of a billion people, most of them poor, still do not have this basic necessity, UNICEF said to mark World Water Day.

Estimates from UNICEF and WHO published in 2013 are that a staggering 768 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, causing hundreds of thousands of children to sicken and die each year. Most of the people without access are poor and live in remote rural areas or urban slums.

UNICEF estimates that 1,400 children under five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases linked to lack of safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.

“Every child, rich or poor, has the right to survive, the right to health, the right to a future,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. “The world should not rest until every single man, woman and child has the water and sanitation that is theirs as a human right.”

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The MDG target for drinking water was met and passed in 2010, when 89 per cent of the global population had access to improved sources of drinking water — such as piped supplies, boreholes fitted with pumps, and protected wells.

Also in 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right, meaning every person should have access to safe water and basic sanitation. However, this basic right continues to be denied to the poorest people across the world.

“What continues to be striking, and maybe even shocking, is that even in middle income countries there are millions of poor people who do not have safe water to drink,” Wijesekera added.

“We must target the marginalized and often forgotten groups: those who are the most difficult to reach, the poorest and the most disadvantaged.”

According to UNICEF and WHO estimates, 10 countries are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources.

They are: China (108 million); India (99 million); Nigeria (63 million); Ethiopia (43 million); Indonesia (39 million); Democratic Republic of the Congo (37 million); Bangladesh (26 million); United Republic of Tanzania (22 million); Kenya (16 million) and Pakistan (16 million).

UNICEF says women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of access to safe water. An estimated 71 per cent of the burden of drinking water collection is still being shouldered by women and girls.

The team at LGF think its time to rectify this situation and want to thank all of our donors who have helped us in trying to do so to date.
Birgit and Philippe Coles
Simbi Haiti
Dr Joel and Maria Fort
Matthew London & Sylvia Xiaorui Wen
Christa Jean Knudsen
Jeffrey Kaplan
Jennifer McAsey & Michael Cordell

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A New Vision for Haiti

In conjunction with our partners, Digicel, the LGF Haiti team installed another of our LGF UV manual hand pump systems designed and built in Haiti by our all Haitian team at a College Nouvelle Vision school in Cavaillon. The system produces approximately 7500 liters per 12 hour day which can provide 2,500 people per day with clean drinking water (at 3 liters per day). The Principal (pictured here) is extremely happy to be able to now provide clean drinking water to his students and the surrounding community. This a a game changer and as the name of the school suggests, representative of a new vision for Haiti.

College Nouvelle Vision de Cavaillon

College Nouvelle Vision de Cavaillon

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LGF Haiti installs another LGF UV manual hand pump in school in Muspan with our partners, Happy Hearts Fund

After searching high and low for a water purification system that ticked all the boxes that the Life Giving Force team deemed necessary to meet the specific conditions in Haiti, we set about designing and building one ourselves. Et Voila! The LGF UV manual hand pump system came into being. Not only is it portable, robust, simple to use, requires little to no maintenance and produces high quality drinking water at low cost, we also employ at risk youth from the slums of Cite Soleil to help us weld the frames that house the system and thereby teaching them a trade. Another piece of good news is that they can be powered by solar rather than dirty diesel generators.

LGF install solar on the roof of the MUSPAN school

LGF install solar on the roof of the MUSPAN school


In addition, LGF’s in-country team in Haiti, headed up by our Program Manager- Technical, Ronald Lacrete, are now adept at building these systems out and with our partners, Happy Hearts, the team just installed yet another of these great systems with solar panels at the Happy Hearts school in Muspan, Haiti. The teachers, pictured here, are extremely happy with the new water purification system as they know that clean drinking water equates to healthier kids which in turn equates higher attendance rates at school. LGF Haiti are happy to be helping ensure that the precious kids of Haiti get the best shot at getting the best education that they can.
Teacher and school kids at MUSPAN school with LGF UN Manual hand pump system

Teacher and school kids at MUSPAN school with LGF UN Manual hand pump system

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Haiti, Unfinished and Forsaken – New York Times editorial

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JAN. 10, 2014

Four years after the earthquake, Haiti is a fragile, largely forgotten country. It’s possible that some natural or man-made crisis this year could push it back into the headlines. But sustained attention, with the kind of support from outside that Haiti still needs to rebuild and become more self-sufficient, is mostly gone.

The United Nations says as much in a recently published Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti that strives for an ambitious and hopeful tone but mostly sounds forlorn. It notes some positive changes. More than three-fourths of young children are now in primary school, up from about half. Cholera deaths are down, as is the number of homeless quake survivors. The population in the camps reportedly fell to 172,000 last year, from a peak of 1.5 million who were without shelter just after the quake in 2010.

But such hopeful signs are easily displaced by other dreary facts. Humanitarian aid is petering out as agencies leave and money dries up. The decline means Haiti’s partners should be stepping up development efforts, to put the country on a sustainable recovery path, but that isn’t happening. Meanwhile, Haiti still has half the world’s cholera cases, as the United Nations — whose troops caused the epidemic — is battling it with an underfinanced eradication plan.

For all the talk — and the $14 billion pledged by governments the world over since Jan. 12, 2010 — what is there to show? The grand total of new homes built in four years since the quake is dismally low: 7,515. The signature American-led redevelopment project — an industrial park in Caracol, on Haiti’s north coast, which was supposed to create as many as 60,000 jobs — had created 2,590 at the end of 2013. Workers’ rights advocates reported last fall that garment factories at Caracol and elsewhere routinely violate Haitian minimum-wage laws and pay most workers too little to live on.

The new United Nations action plan lacks the loftiness of previous development proposals, but it focuses on four critical, and surely achievable, goals: housing the homeless, reducing cholera, feeding 600,000 “food insecure” Haitians and strengthening national institutions. Financing it for one year will take $169 million.

The United States should stick to its commitments to Haiti, with a particular focus on building and repairing housing (permanent homes, not temporary shelters), supporting agriculture and building the capacity of the Haitian government and local businesses and organizations. Data from the United States Agency for International Development show that barely 5 percent of its financing for projects in Haiti in 2012 went to Haitian-led institutions; that is not good enough.

It would help, meanwhile, to have a better idea of what’s going on. A bill, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, would require more detail and transparency from the State Department in reporting to Congress how humanitarian and development money is spent. The bill, sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, passed the House with bipartisan support; the Senate should follow suit.

The United Nations plan notes that “the slightest shock” to Haiti could send it into another round of misery and death. It is a country still in the grips of an emergency, even though beyond its shores, nobody seems to remember.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/opinion/haiti-unfinished-and-forsaken.html?_r=0

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Happy World Water Day!!!

The UN General Assembly designates March 22nd of every year as World Water Day and LGF is proud to join together with the water community today to highlight the global water crisis and to celebrate the progress made to date.

The Challenge:
780 million people live without access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. The lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services contributes to pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, two of the three leading killers of children. Women and children are typically burdened with the collection of water, traveling long distances, often in dangerous circumstances. Both sickness and the burden of collection keep people from school and work.

Urban Perspective:
Ensuring access to WASH services in a rapidly urbanizing world is a critical challenge. Of urban dwellers, it is the poor and those living in slums that have the least access to these resources. Issues of land tenure and overcrowding make the construction and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure difficult, and magnify the health consequences that come from unsafe water and poor sanitation facilities.

The Response:
The global water community has organized a variety of events around World Water Day to raise awareness and share knowledge about WASH issues.
LGF is proud to play a part in this community and to lend our support for the Water for the World Act soon to be introduced in Congress. LGF is as committed as ever to bringing clean water to those in need in Haiti and elsewhere. Please help us do so by contributing to our work. Thank you!
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Clean Water Solution for Meds for Kids Food Production Facility

LGF recently installed one of our clean water solutions at Meds for Kids brand new state-of-the-art food production facility in Cap Haitien. Our purification system is providing clean water for the entire facility ensuring that the end product, the amazing Medika Mamba, is top quality and safe for malnourished kids to imbibe. Medika Mamba is a ready-to-use therapeutic food made of ground roasted peanuts, powdered milk, cooking oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals. A typical treatment program for one child lasts 6-8 weeks and takes 25 pounds of Medika Mamba. Within six weeks of starting treatment, 85% (!!!) of children on Medika Mamba recover, far better than the 25% survival rate with older milk-based treatments. LGF is proud to partner with such an amazing organization. The photos below shows the system, the facility and a couple of MFK’s amazing staff.

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