With the Association FDDPA (Force for the defence of Haitian peasants), already in partnership with the Radié Resch network from Padova (Italy), we started a training course with a group of community leaders, mainly peasants, around health issues. From the first seminar in March 2016, 3 main causes of the chronical health issues of the peasants in the mountains emerged:
- Lack of acces to potable water
- Lack of hygienic services and their use
- Lack of a public waste collection and disposal system.
So far, through 3 other seminars and by strengthening the awareness that communities can help each other gathering their strengths, local health agents and a health agent that supervises them all have been identified. In each community, preliminary sensibilisation meetings on hygiene took place. In some communities, they are disseminating a technique to produce chlorine that, in the correct proportions, makes water potable.
Helping Popoli in Arte in partnership with FDDPA means supporting the salary of a health agent that coordinates the activities of the local health agents in 3 communities linked to the FDDPA. It also results in paying for the travelling expenses of the local health agents, contributing to the spreading of a kit for the potabilization of water as well as the construction of dry latrines in each community.
The average budget for a home-made kit for the potabilization of water is of around 450€. The average cost for the construction of a dry latrine amounts at 2000€.