Members of the International Water and Youth Movement, a youth organization that promotes access to water, continue to collect donations to help provide clean drinking water to more than 5,400 families affected by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.
Affiliates of the Water and Youth Movement in Latin America launched the campaign Hoy por Haiti (“For Haiti Today”) last month, on World Water Day March 22, to raise $73,870 to buy and install 10 water pumps in Cité Soleil and Croix des Bouquets, both in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. The funds will also support awareness-raising for the estimated 38,000 beneficiaries and training for young Haitians who will operate and maintain the pumps.
A video spot produced by the Costa Rican affiliate of International Water and Youth has been airing on Costa Rican television to stimulate interest and donations. Affiliates in other countries—including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru—have organized fundraisers such as soccer games, marathons, and benefit concerts.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is providing administrative support and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is accepting donations for the initiative. Ecoclubs International is also supporting the effort.