For This One is hosting a Lose The Training Wheels Camp for the first time in the North Brunswick, NJ area on the week of August 13th 2012. Lose The Training Wheels is a 5 day camp designed to teach special needs individuals to learn to ride a bicycle. Click on the “Lose The Training Wheels” tab above, or email us at LTTW@forthisone.org for more information about participation, volunteering opportunities, and sponsorship for this great event!
We are heading back to Haiti on April 21st, and we could really, really use your help! We have posted a Baby registry on Amazon with Books, School Supplies, and Medical Supplies that we would like to deliver to our friends in Jubilee on this trip. Donating is as simple as placing an order with Amazon. The items will be delivered directly to For This One to be packed and will leave with us on the 21st. Please share this post and consider donating. Thanks!
Thank you all so much for responding to our request to purchase Haitian Creole and French language children’s books! Your donations are packed and ready to come with us on our trip this Saturday along with many other much-needed items…
A year ago today on January 12th 2010, when we got the word that a major earthquake hit Haiti, our plans to help our friends in Haiti by slowly building our tiny organization over the coming year quickly went out the window. With the help of all of our amazing volunteers and supporters, we were able to mobilize our first fund raising events and supply drives within 4 days of the earthquake.
Since that time we have sent thousands of pounds of food and supplies to Haiti. We have made the trip to Haiti 3 times. We have worked in schools and orphanages and have coordinated medical clinics. We have worked on food distribution programs and construction projects including the completion of our first of hopefully many public composting toilets. The most important thing to note is that we could not have accomplished any of these things without your help, so thank you!
Haiti has many challenges ahead and we will continue to do what we can to help ease some of the suffering in Haiti and help Haiti work toward a better future. We hope all of you will continue to be there right alongside of us. THANK YOU!
We have received word that flooding from Hurricane Tomas has already begun in Gonaives, Haiti. We are anticipating not only problems with the flooding itself, but that the flooding will aggravate the already-existing Cholera outbreak.
We are asking our supporters and friends of Haiti to donate money immediately through our paypal site. Donations placed between now and Monday, November 8th, will likely be used to purchase and ship water purification supplies to be delivered by hand and arrive on the ground on November 11th with our friends from Much Ministries. Thank You!
About a week before our trip in August, Jennifer Amato from the Sentinel contacted us to ask if we would like to do another interview. We meet up about 3 weeks after returning from Haiti and did our second 2 hours interview with with Jennifer. She got us a ton of space in the paper and did a super nice article for us.
To read the online version of the article, please go to:http://nbs.gmnews.com/news/2010-09-16/Front_Page/NB_volunteers_visit_Haiti_begin_to_build_dry_toile.html
We have started the Composting Toilet Project in the Jubilee Blanc neighborhood of Gonaïves, Haiti and have gotten about half-way through what needs to be done. Working with a Haitian construction crew, we now have the foundation and barrel enclosure finished. Next up, the concrete floor of the stalls, toilet bowl, and privacy enclosure need to be completed.
Why a toilet?
The village of Jubilee has no real sanitation facilities to speak of. There are a few private outhouses in this village, but nothing that is public and accessible to all who live there. There is no running water or sewage system in any of the modest houses and huts that comprise the village, so people go far out into the field behind the houses to relieve themselves. The problem with this is that many of the villagers, including very malnourished children, go shoeless in this same area. Parasites such as hookworms, present in areas with open defecation, enter the body through the soles of the feet and can rob an already malnourished child of 20% of his nutrients. The idea behind the toilet project is to offer people an alternative to open defecation which will make their living area more sanitary and improve the health of the whole community. Working with Haitian construction crews gives us the opportunity to pass the toilet design and goals of the project onto local people who can then replicate it as needed.
What’s a “composting” toilet?
A composting toilet, or “dry toilet,” is similar to a traditional outhouse with the exception that a dry toilet separates liquid waste from solid waste with the goal of eventually using both as fertilizer. In the design we have chosen for this project, solid waste will be contained in large barrels under the floor, and can be swapped out once the barrel has reached its capacity. Full barrels are placed in the sun to compost, and after a few months at a steady high temperature, become safe, fertile soil. The toilet will never become “full” and need to be closed down or abandoned. Liquid waste, with its high nitrogen content, can be used as fertilizer immediately. Fertile soil is especially precious in Jubilee, where the land the village sits on is salted and barren.
Check back for future updates on the toilet’s progress, and click on any of the photos below to see all of the progress pictures…
Laying the blocks for the foundation
Bringing supplies to the job site with the wheelbarrow
Sisters Liz and Susan Slater hand-sewed gingerbread dolls for the children of Haiti. On March 10th we handed them out to the children of Gonaïves…
The Gingergbread Dolls were a big hit! Click to see more photos...