The Chief Operating Officer of dloHaiti, Ken Michel, was there to give us a tour of the schools. He explained that these were schools that were in need of drinking water, but could not afford to purchase enough water each day for students. Because of the lower price point offered by Ovive water, these schools could finally afford to purchase water. With the assistance of Simbi Haiti, they were able to have water delivered to each classroom daily.
In each class Ken gave a water quiz to the students. He first asked if any of the students knew about dloHaiti. One or two students in each classroom would raise their hand. The response was always correct, "C’est Ovive"…it's Ovive. When he asked how many students knew about Ovive, every student raised their hand and pointed to the water container in the corner of the room. As he continued to inquire, we learned that most students now drank Ovive water in their homes as well, and that nearly every student was well aware that Ovive was the "best" water because it was "healthy" for them to drink.
Ken also gave an interesting math lesson regarding the price of water. He taught students that the cost of water from Culligan or other bottled water companies was 15 gourdes/gallon (35¢) per gallon. The price of the water delivered from trucks is 5 gourdes per gallon (about 12¢) per gallon.
When Ken explained that the jugs of water in each classroom were there with the assistance of Simbi Haiti, the children responded with rounds of applause and numerous thank you's. It was obvious that the water was needed, as nearly every jug was empty by the time of our mid-day visit.
Edited by Hilary White