Arcahaie / Water is Life
More people are likely to suffer and die from lack of clean water
than from all armed conflicts combined!
In the summer of 2005, Dr. Pierre Dorsainville, M.D. lost his mother and father due to an armed robbery at their Arcahaie home. His mother was shot and killed instantly and his father died from loss of blood, en route to the hospital. Dr.Dorsainville, from that day on, pledged to return to Arcahaie and establish a clinic, so that no other families would have to endure the same loss of life. At his family’s home, he established the Clinic Ste. Philomene, where even today the bullet wholes left from his parent’s killers are left as a remembrance.
The Clinic Ste. Philomene, is located along the AIPA Water Cooperative’s network of concrete canals, within the Duvalier-Archahaie District and eastern edge of the Montrouis watershed. The ARN Foundation of Haiti, has proposed to include the Ste. Philomene clinic within its ‘Water is Life’ program due to Dr. Dorsainville’s persistence and dedication to help improve the health and well being of the local Archahaie region of approximately 50,000 Haitians.
It is the intent of the ARN to establish a micro-economic plan for the Ste. Philomene clinic, that will allow the clinic to not only utilize the ‘Water is Life’ potable resources for it’s own use but to be able to sell the potable water, well below the current ‘bottled’ water rates available. There has already been an agreement with the Academie Eglise Desrosiers, a neighboring elementary school of 650 students to purchase the water daily.
Proceeds from the ‘Water is Life’ sales are intended to go towards the expansion of the Ste. Philomene clinic, to provide for emergency vehicles and expand the clinic’s pharmaceutical supplies.