HELP FOR HAITI.
The Water is Right Foundation had its first outreach in 2012 in the mountain village of Kenscoff in Haiti, where Karun Koernig, the Foundation's Operations Manager, visited the St. Helene orphanage of the children's charity Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters). 800 children attend the school of the orphanage and 400 of them live there.
The water supply caused great problems for the staff and the children in St. Helene, because the water was contaminated with bacteria, although a water treatment plant was available. The problem soon became clear: animal excrement and fir needles had accumulated on the roofs where rainwater was collected and the water treatment plant, which was supposed to work with UV light, was not working properly because it could not cope with the iron and lime containing water. The staff of the orphanage tried to disinfect the water with chlorine, but this was very uncomfortable for the children.
NEW UV SYSTEM
The WaterIsRIght Foundation worked with the orphanage's staff to repair the roof to control the pollution of the rainwater collected there. The Water is Right Foundation also provided the orphanage with a new UV water treatment system that replaced the outdated and non-functional one.
Since the orphanage staff was instrumental in setting up the new system, they are now able to operate and maintain it independently.
WATER SUPPLY OF 800 PEOPLE.
From now on, about 800 children as well as the employees will be provided with clean water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene and will even survive Hurricane Sandy without any major problems.