Join Us in Our Haiti Outreach Efforts
Over the past several years, we’ve been dedicated to understanding the water crisis in Haiti. Our efforts have grown tremendously to give Haitians access to one of our basic human rights: clean drinking water. Less than half of Haitians in rural areas have access to water. And if they do have access to water, they use it for cooking, bathing, and also drinking. This breeds water-borne diseases, affects people’s ability to work, and, ultimately, weakens their economy.
Haiti has also suffered greatly from the aftermath of natural disasters. The 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew resulted in huge setbacks to develop better sanitization within the country. Sending a team of people there to help with the recovery and raising money for the American Red Cross was something we could do immediately to help the situation then, but we needed to know how we could make a bigger impact in Haiti. How could we get after this problem and work to solve it long term?
In 2015, USLI started to work with a nonprofit called Poured Out. We got our feet on the ground in Haiti, and, for four years, we sent groups of USLI employees to install water filters in homes and build water houses in villages for families who otherwise would not have access to clean water. Poured Out also employs Haitian workers to assist with ongoing maintenance of the filters and water houses. To this day, they are providing thousands of gallons of filtered water to families and entire communities who never had access to clean water before.
In 2018, we started to work with Clean Water for Haiti, a nonprofit that employs Haitians to build and install water filters in other regions of Haiti. We also partnered with the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team to develop an awareness campaign called Hoops for Haiti. For every 3-point shot the team makes during a game, we donate a water filter to be installed by Clean Water for Haiti, and we are hoping that this campaign will bring interest from the greater community.
We would love to see how we can get others on board with our efforts to solve the clean water crisis in Haiti. As insurance professionals, I do believe we can work together to be great capitalists. I encourage you to help us spread awareness about the situation in Haiti and join us if you can.
If you would like to learn more about what we’re doing and how you or your office can get involved, please contact our Program Coordinator Elisha Schoonmaker at [email protected] or 888-523-5545, Ext. 2346. We would be happy to share more about our efforts and exchange ideas. Remember, do good things not because it feels good, but because it’s the right thing to do.