In a village far outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, a community anxiously awaits the arrival of a truck that has navigated rough and mountainous terrain to find this particular location.The people in this town know that the truck’s contents are a vital link to their health and survival. The truck— to be guided there by technology they may never come to know—carries fresh drinking water that will replenish tanks used to distribute the water to the village. The technology was jointly developed by AT&T.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti affected an estimated 3 million people, causing devastating loss of life and significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, and cutting off remote communities from communications and resources essential for life. Difficult situations like this require collaboration between participants who can imagine, inspire and deliver solutions—under extremely challenging and difficult circumstances.
Cathy Martine, executive vice president-Small Business Solutions and Alternate Channels for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses our efforts to work with an innovative business making a difference in Haiti.
In July, AT&T announced a $100,000 contribution to the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) for a project on which you’re working with Water Transit Solutions. Can you tell us a little more about how it will be used?
Our contribution funds a project supplying an innovative technology solution that delivers clean drinking water and ice to remote locations across Haiti. NOAH is leading the project, and we’re working with one of our small business customers, Water Transit Solutions, to provide the technology.
The situation in Haiti really challenged us—as it did many others—to figure out where we could have the most impact to help address the seemingly impossible circumstances of the local communities. We saw this as one way we could help—by enabling innovative companies to make a difference through our technologies and human resources.