On January 12, 2010 an earthquake struck in Haiti, it measured 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale and more than 230,000 people died. In addition
- 300,000 were injured
- 1.5 million people were displaced (lost their homes and livelihood) of which 250,000 remain displaced as of June 2013
- 4,992: schools in Haiti were affected by earthquake, 23% of all the schools in the country
In the first three months following the earthquake Rotary members in the UK raised an incredible £3m enabling the dispatch of Rotary-supported emergency surviival equipment including ShelterBoxes, Water Survival Boxes and Aquaboxes, containing vital resources.
However clean drinking water continues to be a priority and Water Survival Box continues to send supplies, which have been distributed by the Haitian Ministry of Health.
They are grateful to Rotary members for their support, which has reached a further £219,000 since 1st July.
Haiti has since been ravaged by a huge cholera outbreak which has killed over 8,000 and infected tens of thousands more.
The key to fighting cholera is the provision of clean water to the villages along the sewage and cholera polluted Artibonite River. Today the majority of those villages rely on the river for their water supply.
In November 2013, members of Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club visited Haiti and saw first-hand what the provision of clean water will mean to those still relying on water from the river, please help us raise funds to install filtration and chlorination units so urgently required.
Our project is to install filtration and chlorination units in at least two of the villages we visited. These projects will be untaken in conjunction with The Rotary Club of St Marc, Haiti, and Water Missions International, a US-based global charity which specialises in the provision of clean water in many of the World’s poorest countries.
NB. Our travel costs to visit Haiti were met privately and did not in any way draw on charitable funds donated to The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse.
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