GlobalResourcesNews Blognotes on HaitiSolar - Groups are attempting to send solar ovens to Haiti. In addition to meeting immediate needs for cooking, solar oven technology would be an alternative to wood as a cooking fuel in the future. Some deforestation has occurred as people cut down or forage valuable trees to cook their meals.
Reforestation - The earthquake has renewed interest in rebuilding Haiti's forests.
A Kentucky-based group is sending water purification systems that
can clean 10,000 gallons a day. A 12-volt battery and table salt produce chlorine gas for decontaminating local water.
Low Impact Building - Groups are looking at the role sustainable building can play in Haiti's future. The US Green Building Council, working with the Clinton Foundation, has been studying ways to help Haiti and has offered more assistance now.
Solar-Powered Water Purifier Can Clean 6,500 Gallons a Day
Aid Continuing for Haitians' Food, Water, Shelter
Haiti received special attention on World Water Day this week as NGO's and governments prepared for next week's donor conference. Groups continue to send water purification equipment to the country which suffered a major earthquake on Jan. 12 and special programs have been established to focus on the water issue.
One of the poorest countries in the world before the earthquake, Haiti is now struggling to meet the needs of more than a million people in temporary shelter. Food prices have risen sharply in many areas.
The Inter-American Development Bank has forgiven $489 million in debt and is seeking $70 billion in fresh capital for Haiti. Architecture for Humanity plans to open a facility in Haiti in the coming weeks.