Liquid Life Bottles proudly partners with Living Water International. They bring clean water to those without easy access to it. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. At least 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water. For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances. In response to this need, Living Water implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed more than 18,000 water projects (and counting!). Liquid Life Bottles participated in a project in Haiti. Below you will find information pertaining to the country and the work we had the privilege to be involved with

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THE COUNTRY

In 2008, the country received a series of devastating setbacks: soaring prices for food and fuel, followed by a string of back-to-back tropical storms and hurricanes. In less than a month, four storms killed several hundred people and created a massive humanitarian emergency, with around 850,000 Haitians desperately needing assistance. Haiti suffered an estimated $900 million in hurricane-related damages, almost 15 percent of the 2007 GDP. In January of 2010, Haiti was dealt another crushing blow when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake—the strongest to hit the nation in more than 200 years—left much of the country, including water wells, in ruins. Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five, and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere. Diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS are the leading causes of death. In Haiti, contaminated water is the leading cause of infant mortality and illness in children. A massive cholera epidemic began in October 2010, spread by water contaminated with infected feces. Before the earthquake, the water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti was tenuous at best. Now, conditions are much worse. Cholera has spread throughout Haiti, and as of November 29, 2010, the outbreak had caused 1721 deaths.

OUR WORK IN HAITI

In July 2004, Living Water began repairing broken hand pumps in Haiti and has rehabilitated more than 1,000 wells since then. The country has thousands of wells that have been incapacitated by overuse, vandalism, or natural disasters. Hundreds of these broken wells are being rehabilitated each year by our implementers in the Cap Haitian area (in the northeast part of the country) and in Léogâne (located west of Port-au-Prince). Since the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010, Living Water has established a new base of operations in the Port-au-Prince area with a renewed focus on long-term rehabilitation and maintenance plans to help those affected by the earthquake. In 2011, Living Water International began a new drilling program and more than 230 wells were rehabilitated in Haiti.

LIQUID LIFE BOTTLES PROJECT

When the LWI Haiti team arrived, community members were utilizing a well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria. The team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of six men and one woman who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members earn a living by running small businesses or by selling rice, oil, beans and tomato paste. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Eliacin Junior with a LWI Haiti contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

TESTIMONY

The LWI Haiti team had an opportunity to meet with twenty year old community member and student, Eidmaier Pierre, who stated, “Big thanks to LWI the rehabilitation of the well. For it used to supply unclean water. Now this one which is repaired by LWI supply clean water for us in the community. Thank you to LWI.”

HYGIENE EDUCATION

During the hygiene education, the LWI Haiti team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

EVANGELISM

LWI local church engagement facilitator, Pastor Maxo Figaro, partners with the local church and church associations to mobilize the church’s to act on behalf of their communities to manage the hand pumps and use them as an opportunity to spread the gospel through oral story telling.
 
Liquid Life Bottles donates 7% of its profits to Living Water. Our hope and prayer is to help many more people both domestically and internationally. Your purchases  help those in need. We are so thankful for your support.
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