Water in Crisis – Haiti

According to Katherine Sentlinger, there is a severe water crisis in Haiti. She writes the following:

“As the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti has to deal with issues of poverty and water scarcity on a daily basis. According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, “only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water. These figures, however, almost definitely overstate Haitians’ access to improved water sources, since public systems are rarely available year round”. Access to clean, fresh water is a main concern in Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera, and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year. Contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illness and the very high infant death rate in Haiti (57 for every 1000 births) .”

But, there is hope. You can help make a difference through the FreddyLink “Water is Life” fundraiser. We hope to raise $100,000 to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families. Click here for more details.

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Progress in WASH in Haiti

Water, sanitation and hygiene, known as WASH, is a priority for World Vision in Haiti. Here are some results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018.

  • 10,460 people, including 6,135 children, learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 2,184 technicians were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 2,984 people are benefiting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 9,476 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources

While work continues on a national scale in Haiti, we at FreddyLink are also raising funds to assist with WASH projects in the Morne Pelee Area Development Program in Haiti. Click here for more information how you can help provide clean water in Haiti.

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30 Hours for Water

NEXTGEN Ministry at Smythe Street Church will hosting an event called “30 Hours for Water” on November 15-16. Middle school and high school students will participate in a number of activities to increase awareness of issues related to water and hunger in developing countries.

All funds raised through this event will go towards the FreddyLink “Water is Life” fundraiser. The funds will be used to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families in the World Vision Morne Pelee Area Development Program.

You can support these students in their fundraising efforts by making an on-line donation here.

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A wonderful evening with the Rend Collective

It was an exciting night. It was also a transformative one. An appeal was made to sponsor children in India through World Vision in order to the respond to the many serious social issues in that country including child marriage, child labour and child trafficking. The people of Fredericton responded, and 10 children were sponsored! These generous sponsors will have a lasting impact on the lives of these children in India.

Thanks to the enthusiastic team that helped make this event a success.

 

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