Donations Meeting More than Immediate Needs in Haiti
Last month Vestergaard-Frandsen gave HOPE a supply of Lifestraws, which can purify up to 700 liters of water, and Zero-Fly chemically treated mosquito tarps to distribute in Haiti.
Working with another NGO, Grassroots United HOPE distributed the Lifestraws and Zero-Fly tarps through organized Tent City committees. These Tent City committees are comprised of groups of people, who actually live in the camps, who are elected to present their needs to NGOs and distribute supplies to their fellow residents.
“The Lifestraws and Zero Fly tarps have not only help protect families against common water-borne disease and mosquitoes, they are helping to build healthier, better organized communities,” Colin said. “By providing these newly elected committees with the Lifestraws and Zero Fly tarps, we found that these committees were able to gain more authority in their communities and therefore they were better able to distribute the resources and train their fellow residents on how to use them properly,” Colin said.
As a follow-up to the donation, Colin and a representative from Vestergaard visited some of the Tent Cities.
“We spoke with Tent City residents who were very happy with their Lifestraws and we also saw the bright green and white Zero Fly Tarps in proper use,” Colin added. “The donation itself was important to the health of those in the tent communities, but being able to leverage the donation to provide more stability in the communities and insure proper use of the donation through the newly elected Tent City committee members is very exciting,” Colin added.
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