Status Report to Axis of Logic Contributors and Readers
November 12, 2011
Our project to ship 9,000 litres of potable water to Haiti has been postponed a number of times over the past year. This has been a source of embarrassment for us and we apologize to all contributors for the long delay. The problems we've encountered are more of a delicate political nature rather than logistical. The Venezuelan government and ALBA have fully supported us with this project. On Friday, November 11, Venezuela's Protección Civil notified us that a military transport will take the water to Port au Prince this Wednesday if we can coordinate with the water company where we are purchasing the water. We hope to be able to make all the necessary arrangements on Monday and Tuesday. When we finally ship the water successfully, we will post a report on the front page of Axis of Logic.
Thank you very much for your extraordinary patience and understanding.
- Les Blough, Editor
AGUA FOR HAITÍ
(En Español, abajo)
AGUA FOR HAITÍ
Dear Friends of Axis of Logic and Haiti,
After this first shipment which we will intiate next week, we will continue to build for the next shipment and the next, as long as the need exists. Haiti's need for potable water is chronic but has never been as acute as now during this cholera epidemic. Since we began this fund drive in the spring, cholera has been inserted into Haiti by UN troops and it has been spread by contaminated bagged and bottled water marked "purified". Whether by the occupier's intentional plan or by their carelessness, they have killed at least 1,500 Haitians with their introduction and spread of cholera and have infected tens of thousands more.
We can guarantee that the water you will be sending to Haiti via Axis of Logic is clean drinking water from Venezuela. We can also guarantee that it will not be confiscated by authorities in Haiti and sold to people for profit. It will be delivered directly to the people who need it most. Our readers number in the millions worldwide and no contribution is too small. We thank everyone who has already contributed to this worthy project. We would also like to inform our readers for the first time that Axis of Logic's Agua for Haiti project began as a request from a 16 year old girl in Venezuela.
You can contribute to “Agua for Haiti” via PayPal. The way to do this is to go to our PayPal link on the Axis of Logic website, click on Agua for Haiti, type in "Haiti" in the description box, enter the amount and follow PayPal instructions. If you have never before sent money using PayPal it's very simple and secure, sending your donation either from your credit card or bank account. When making these payments, PayPal never reveals either your credit card or bank account number.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me personally at email@example.com. We would also appreciate a brief e-mail message from you, identifying yourself and telling us how much you contributed. I will reply by email or call you if you include your telephone number and include your country’s code. On behalf of the people of Haiti, The Axis of Logic Foundation and the Axis of Logic Editorial Board, thank you very much for your donation.
Haiti’s need for potable water
Haiti's coverage levels in urban and rural areas are the lowest in the hemisphere for both water supply and sanitation. Sewer systems and wastewater treatment are nonexistent. Coverage figures do not give an indication of service quality, which is generally quite poor. In rural areas, systems have often fallen into disrepair. They either do not provide any water service at all or provide service only to those close to the source, with those at the end of the system ("tail-enders") remaining without water. In almost all urban areas water supply is intermittent. Moreover, we have recently discovered and revealed that contaminated water has been sold as "purified" for profit by at least one organization within the established infrastructure for Haiti aid.
Using the broadest definition of accessible water from all sources, only 52% of urban populations and 54% of rural populations have access to water. Only 24% of those living in urban areas and only 11% have house connections to water.
Making water accessible to all
There is no doubt that well-drilling, water purification plants and a desalination plant are the best long-term solutions for the country. But until these utilities are in place, Haitians are in desperate need of bottled, potable water that can be distributed to people who have little or no access in unsupplied areas. The objective of Axis of Logic’s Agua for Haiti program is send containers of bottled water that can be delivered to Haiti from Venezuela. One of the advantages of this project involves the cost of transportation. The Venezuelan government will transport the water we purchase to Haiti free of charge. We have negotiated the lowest possible cost of bottled water from the Lider Water Company in Maracay. As of May 21, we have collected about $500 of the $4,000 needed for the first shipment of 9,000 litres of potable water.
With these things in mind, we are asking you to join us and do your best to help buy good water in significant quantities, at the lowest possible price, with absolute confidence that together, we will achieve our goal – Agua for Haiti.
Please note that we have been receiving donations and paying bills via PayPal for 6 years and have never encountered a single problem. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply by email or call you if you include your telephone number and include your country’s code. On behalf of the people of Haiti and the Axis of Logic Editorial Board, thank you very much for your contribution. Les Blough, President Project "Agua for Haiti"
Please note that we have been receiving donations and paying bills via PayPal for 6 years and have never encountered a single problem. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me personally at email@example.com. I will reply by email or call you if you include your telephone number and include your country’s code. On behalf of the people of Haiti and the Axis of Logic Editorial Board, thank you very much for your contribution.
Les Blough, President
Project "Agua for Haiti"
Una petición para donativos
AGUA PARA HAITÍ !
Las noticias del terremoto de Haití han aparecido en casi todos los medios de comunicación social. Sin embargo, los problemas de Haití están apenas empezando y uno de los problemas severos que enfrentan los haitianos es la escasez de agua potable.
Irónicamente, con el comienzo de la temporada de lluvias será aún más difícil encontrar agua potable. Desde hace dos meses, Axis of Logic (Eje de la Lógica) organiza un proyecto para enviar agua embotellada a Haití. Fue necesario crear una fundación legal sin fines de lucro en Venezuela; negociar un precio solidario con una compañía de agua y crear la logística para transportar el agua directamente a Haití a través de la agencia de Protección Civil (P.C.) del gobierno venezolano, lo que recorta los costos de flete y entrega. Permítanos presentar algunas razones por las cuales se deberia contribuir a este noble proyecto:
En el sitio web Axis of Logic publicaremos la contabilidad de los donativos recibidos, la cantidad de agua comprada y los gastos administrativos.
Teniendo en cuenta estos hechos vamos a unirnos para hacer un gran esfuerzo y comprar una gran cantidad de agua potable para los hermanos haitianos – al precio más solidario y la más alta calidad. De esta forma lograremos el objetivo de proporcionar un grano de ayuda pero significativa a ese sufrido pueblo – Agua para Haití.
Si vive en Venzuela usted, puede hacer su donativo en:
En caso de cualquier duda o inquietud contáctenos directamente con firstname.lastname@example.org
En nombre de Axis of Logic y el bravo pueblo de Haití les agradece a todos por su contribución a esta causa plenamente humanitaria.
Les Blough, Presidente