Fighting Cholera and Dirty Water in Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti


They attracted students through any means they could. They taught English, since many people are interested in learning the global language for business, and Douglas even brought out his ukulele to add some fun to the classes.

"We installed a water filtration system at an orphanage and built a reserve system outside where the community could get water, and we thought the water was going to be free community water," said Douglas. "We went back there after a few months and this guy called 'El Pastore' was selling the water."

That is a problem that confronts many NGO's, who are often unable to revisit each project they undertake.

"The key to any of these kinds of projects is to have the social infrastructure in place," said Fussell. "The difference with what we do is we work in areas where we're going to be day-in, day-out for tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. We work with organizations and schools on the ground, people we can touch base with to see if the systems are still working. We stay very involved with any system we install. We aim to find people who will be involved in maintenance and upkeep. We don't just drop [water filtration] systems in anywhere."

If you would like to help World Water Relief's work in Haiti, visit their website to find out how you can get involved.

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