Fearing a fresh outbreak of cholera in Haiti following the battering by Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, United Caribbean Trust (UCT) has launched an urgent appeal for money to boost a clean water project set up following the country’s earthquake devastation in 2010.
Founder of the Barbados-registered charity Jenny Tryhane, who was in Haiti during the earthquake and stayed on for three months to distribute relief supplies from Barbadians, said many people were still living in tents six years after the tragedy.
Tryhane said as Matthew threatened, UNICEF’s representative in Haiti had warned about waterborne diseases and stated that their first priority was to make sure that children had enough safe water.
UCT wants funding to purchase the Sawyer Point One filter “which is the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient way to get potable water”.
Tryhane said that after the earthquake UCT had distributed more than 250 Sawyer Point One filters into schools, orphanages, St Marc Prison, slums such as City Soleil and hundreds of churches.
“UCT is appealing to Barbados for donations to purchase more Sawyer Point One filters. A family filter with bucket costs US$50 and a community filter with a 50 gallon drum to service a school with 250 children costs US$100.
Donations may be posted to United Caribbean Trust, P O Box 5123, Warrens, St Michael.