- Faith & Family
With the mounting problems in Haiti, people around the world have assisted in helping the earthquake ravaged nation regain some sense of normalcy. Locally, professionals in South Florida’s entertainment community are working in a joint effort. New Faces of Hollywood (NFOH) Studios has partnered with Let Haiti Drink to help provide pure water filtration technology systems for the county. The filtration system removes harmful elements from drinking water.
“The new technologies we are discovering will literally save millions of lives” said Isiah E. Sistrunk, chairman of the advisory board and executive investment administrator of IPO Real Medical Group, the organization that creates the system. “Our campaign will provide clean pure water with no chemicals, microscopic pathogens, metals or toxins including cholera.”
Jerry Jean-Paul, who often goes to Haiti to volunteer as an independent citizen, said that clean water is an important part of getting Haiti back on its feet.
“Getting clean water to Haiti is a big problem,” he said. “People across Haiti are dying because they don’t have the most basic needs like food, water and shelter. If Haiti stands a chance at recovering from the destruction of the earthquake two years ago water will be the blue print.”
Cholera is one of the main pathogens that affects Haitians when they drink unfiltered water.
Nearly 7,000 people have died from cholera in Haiti, an epidemic which has become one of the worst in recent decades. Jon Kim Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, said that as of last December, the Haitian government has reported more than 520,000 cholera cases with 200 new cases appearing each day.
“We really wanted to utilize entertainment as a vehicle to be able to promote things that we feel are important,” said Michael Pendleton, CEO of NFOH Studios. “We are supporting many different programs that empower people and improve their standard of living, including Let Haiti Drink. Haiti is a cause that I have been passionate about since the early 90s when I was introduced to Haiti and had the opportunity to live there for two years. This isn’t something where we are just jumping on the bandwagon we have been passionate about Haiti for a long time.”
NFOH Studios is based in Ft. Lauderdale. Last New Year’s Eve the studio held a kick-off party to celebrate their new relationship with the Let Haiti Drink program.
By Randy Grice