I became aware of Deep Springs International because I grew up with Michael Ritter and it is supported by our church.
They have been able to provide more clean water every year and educate more people about clean water.
DSI has a website and regularly-sent newsletter, making it easy to see what is going on.
Working with Deep Springs International has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. The dedication of Michael and his team in serving the people in the rural parts of Haiti is unequivocally remarkable. Deep Springs International continues to display an outstanding form of service leadership. It is without reservation that I promote the good works of such an organization that serves the less fortunate with the promotion of clean drinking water.
I love several elements about Deep Springs International:
Effective Solution - Deep Springs International has a low-cost, effective water treatment solution that is easy for the people of Haiti to use. They incorporate the local outreach and change management training required to make the program successful.
Growth - the organization is growing (10x increase in households served since the earthquake and 10x more since the cholera outbreak) and creating jobs for Haitians.
Good Leadership - Deep Springs International has a strong and active Board of Directors with ties to education, Haiti and industry.
Entrepreneurship/Sustainable Social Enterprise - Deep Springs International is not your typical, not-for-profit organization that lives on handouts. It is run with an entrepreneurial spirit, and is transitioning to a sustainable social enterprise. They currently run a break-even operation on production and selling of the materials required to provide fresh water, but require donations to cover the educational elements of their program.
Deep Springs continues to do the difficult task of bringing safe water to rural Haitians. Now that the emergency relief efforts after the hurricane and introduction of cholera have been completed, Deep Springs remains committed to fighting the ongoing water crisis in Haiti. Cholera is being called a chronic emergency which will require long-term commitments to finding a solution. The Deep Springs' model of household chlorination is a key component of that strategy.
My company donated to Deep Springs immediately after the earthquake in Jan 2010. We were very impressed with the way that Deep Springs leveraged their presence on the ground in Haiti to spring into action in an emergency response mode. They used their simple concept of household water treatment to provide safe water to thousands of Haitians in the areas hardest hit by the earthquake. After the cholera outbreak in Dec 2010 Deep Springs responded by providing chlorine to over 2,000,000 Haitians. Since chlorine is both the prevention and the cure for cholera this program saved many lives in the wake of the cholera outbreak. Deep Springs is extremely dedicated to providing ongoing programs to fight cholera and other waterborne diseases for the long term.
My work with Deep Springs International has been incredibly rewarding. I continue to be impressed with the devotion and passion for helping improve the quality of life for folks who struggle to provide the basic necessity of life---clean water---for their families. It has been a blessing to work with this amazing organization!
I've visited DSI in Haiti and am continually impressed with the incredible work that Michael and his team do to improve the health of the rural Hatian community. It is crystal clear by the relationship that the team has built in the community and by huge impact DSI is having by providing a sustainable and meaninful approach to bringing clean water to Haiti.
I've been a donor to Deep Springs for several years. I'm always so impressed with how much Michael can do with so little! Clean water impacts everything that we do. We take it for granted here, but it is the difference between life and death in Haiti. This is a great organization!
The approach DSI is taking will lead to long term improvements in Haiti by creating jobs for Haitians that provide clean water containers, bleach, household checks, and education household by household in rural areas. Visit their website to learn more: www.deepspringsinternational.org
Our group partners with Deep Springs for a clean water program in Baudin, Haiti. We take medical teams to Haiti 4 times per year, and we have seen a remarkable decrease in gastrointestinal problems, infections since starting the clean water program. Deep Springs International, Inc is the best!!!
Deep Springs is remarkable because it combines local Haitian talent and experience with technical expertise from top US institutions and a devotion to communication and research to produce a truly impactful intervention in people's lives. We've mapped out all 1200 homes they service with water purification (I'll happily share the map) and the depth of penetration into our partner community is awesome. They're also very nimble, and essentially rewrote their business model when circumstances changed (2010 earthquake and 2011 cholera outbreak).