UNITED WAY OF GREATER UNION COUNTY
AND NEW JERSEY FOR HAITI CELEBRATE HAITIAN HERTIAGE MONTH
AND LAUNCH NEW CLEAR WATER CAMPAIGN
The United Way of Greater Union County and NJ for Haiti is gearing up to provide 800 million gallons of free, clean water to Haiti for the next 25 years through their new initiative, Haiti Lives On. The not-for-profit organization will accomplish this phenomenal feat by distributing four solar powered water purification systems to some of the most densely populated areas in the country including Carrefour, the epicenter of 7.0 earthquake that ravaged the small country. Each system has the ability to produce 30,000 gallons of water per day or 10.5 million gallons per year. Haiti Lives On will kick off with an Awards and Concert Benefit on Friday, May 31, 2013, as we continue to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month. The event will be held at the Hamilton Stage, Rahway,NJ Arts District at 7pm, and feature an art exhibit and auction by Maeva Fouche and music by the International Electric Transfusion (IET BAND) in addition to the performances, NJ for Haiti will honor local non-profits and individual that have helped to aid Haiti since the earthquake with special tribute to late Congressman Donald M. Payne co-chair of New Jersey for Haiti.
“One of the most critical things that the people of Haiti need right now is consistent access to clean water,” stated Stan Neron executive director, NJ for Haiti. “Imagine if you had to spend your whole day figuring out how and where to get clean water to drink, bathe, and cook with, that is the reality for many Haitian people. By meeting this basic need, cholera and other sicknesses derived from poor water quality could be eradicated. The quality of life will significantly improved for thousands of people for many years to come.”
The decision to launch the Haiti Lives On water campaign started after NJ for Haiti’s most recent mission trip to the country. While holding their medical clinic they noticed that most of the patients were suffering from diseases related to contaminated water. Once, back in the United States, the group decided their next major effort was to provide large quantities of clean water to the country on a consistent basis. After researching the best method, they decided on the Solar Mobile MaxPure system, which had been used effectively in Darfur and was in already in use in some parts of Haiti.
The Mobil MaxPure water purification system, manufactured by WorldWater and Solar Technologies has the capability to produce 30,000 gallons of fresh water each day at a cost of less than one (1) penny per gallon. The mobile, self-powered, off-grid system does not require a connection to the electric grid nor a constant supply of diesel fuel. The unit also provides power to run lights, tools, equipment and sensitive computers and other electronic equipment. The Mobil MaxPure requires very little maintenance and lasts for about 25 years. It should be noted that the machine can purify water from various sources including wells, lakes, and the ocean.
The cost of each water purification system including shipping and set up is about $150,000 for a total fundraising goal of $600,000 for four machines. NJ for Haiti will send out each unit as the funds become available. The goal is to have all four units shipped within the next two years. For general information and tickets for Haiti Lives On: The Benefit Concert visit www.ucpac.org. Individuals interested in donating directly to the water purification project or Haiti relief can do so by visiting www.uwguc.org To become a sponsor contact Stan Neron, executive director NJ for Haiti at (908) 267-4048.
About NJ for Haiti
New Jersey for Haiti is a collection of government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith based agencies, businesses and citizens dedicated to providing relief and assistance in helping Haiti to recover from 7.0 earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010. Since 2010, the initiative has collected over $4M in food, medical supplies, clothing, and other items. NJ for Haiti maintains a very low overhead because it is made up of volunteers and concerned citizens. Contributors can thus rest assured that over 95% off all donations go directly to tangible supplies and services received in Haiti. The honorary chairs for NJ for Haiti are the late Congressman Donald Payne and Senator Raymond Lesniak.
An epidemic cholera strain has been confirmed in Haiti, causing the first cholera outbreak in Haiti in at least 100 years. Cholera is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. The disease is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinking water. Affected hospitals are strained by the large number of people who are ill. This outbreak is of particular concern given the current conditions in Haiti, including poor water and sanitation, a strained public health infrastructure, and large numbers of people displaced by the January 2010 earthquake and more recent flooding. Source: The Center for Disease Control.