By Jacob Zola, Clean Water for La Vallee Project Organizer
Clean Water for La Vallee has just finished giving trainings to two of the schools in La Vallee’s main town, Ridore. It went exceptionally well, the participants, now Community Health Promoters, have come up with an action plan to begin an education campaign in La Vallee. Both schools received biosand filters to support all their children with clean water (more than 1 thousand kids!). Much of this credit must go to Cara Connors, VFP volunteer from the U.S. who brought her passion in these wonderful trainings and provided the project her perspective and invaluable ideas. Special thanks to Muslims Against Hunger’s generous donation in support all the filters and training in Ridore.
We held a ceremony in the main church in Ridore, the largest church in all of La Vallee and one of the largest community centers. During the ceremony it was apparent that Clean Water for La Vallee has become more than a project, it has become a force in this community as the word “movement” was spoken several times by the local guest speakers, especially in the context of a movement that can transform La Vallee into an example of health for all of Haiti. Guest’s in the ceremony included Ruffine Labbe, the Deputy of La Vallee who is considered the most important political figure in the region, Dr. Justima, responsible for the first University in Haiti to provide specialized majors for the progress of Haiti, and John Baptist, the biggest prospect for future mayor of La Vallee. Although the leaders of La Vallee were present, it was clear that the most important guests were the Community Health Promoters themselves, as the purpose of the ceremony was to recognize them as the up and coming tools for change here in La Vallee. The Ceremony was featured on the main radio station in La Vallee for all people to listen. Much of the credit for this beautiful ceremony must go to my good friend Pierro, a local, a highly passionate and intelligent individual who will take my responsibility on when I depart and who spent hours organizing this beautiful ceremony.
In addition two VFP volunteers, Yisu from China and Elizabeth from the U.S. worked with local artist Ande in painting a beautiful Mural on one of the schools that shows a kid washing his hands, underneath it, it says in Kreyol “Your life is in your hands, keep them clean” and THANKS to project sponsors Muslims Against Hunger, VFP and CODEHA.
Thanks to Volunteers For Peace genuine philosophy to help this world and Codeha’s local guidance for making this possible with a grant from Muslims Against Hunger Project.
Thanks to everyone’s support abroad.
Haiti GOOD DEED RAMADAN Feeding and Clean Water ProjectMuslims Against Hunger has initiated GOOD DEED RAMADAN Haiti project in Ridore, a communal section of La Vallée de Jacmel in South Eastern part of Haiti.
The goal of the project is to empower the locals of La Vallee through training, education and practical aid to find creative and long term solutions in preventing health issues related to poor water, hygiene and sanitation through the promotion and implementation of healthy practices into their culture.
The program will consist of feeding hot and healthy meals during the month of Ramadan and installation of BIOSAND filters system to provide clean water to school children and locals. The Bio-Sand filters (10) including installation, delivery, technical training of locals will cost $3652 for the site in Ridore section of La Vallée de Jacmel.
“Muslims Against Hunger” Partners in this project “Volunteers for Peace” a NGO from Vermont will be training Community Health Promoters (15+), feeding hot and healthy meals to the school volunteers and locals, building hand washing stations, and preparing the site for the filters during August 15-29. The final award ceremony will include a hot healthy meal feeding event for over 100 locals involved in the project and will be organized with the help of Father Guy of the local church.
Muslims Against Hunger would like to underwrite the entire project in Ridore for $5,162.
With this project we would be leaving a huge lasting benefit (Clean Drinking Water) for the school children and the locals in Ridore, the large central town in of La Vallée de Jacmel, Haiti.
How Can You Help?
Sponsorship for meals and Bio-Sand filters will help us meet our goal to feed Hot Healthy meals during our GOOD DEED RAMADAN campaign at our feeding events in Ridore, Haiti and will also help our team in the installation of BIOSAND filters system to provide clean water to school children and locals.
Please click here to DONATE online or mail in your tax exempt donations to:
Muslims Against Hunger RAMADAN Haiti Fund
Pluckemin NJ 07978
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