As I mentioned earlier, many of the 13 churches in our network are situated in the area worst affected by the cholera outbreak. Clean drinking water is a scarcity, and even today I talked with Pastor Joseph who report a church member in the hospital dying of a water-born disease. This man’s illness and imminent death is a microcosm of what is happening all across Haiti where 50% of the occupied hospital beds are due to water-born diseases.
In order to combat the outbreak of typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and other water-born diseases, there must be a way to provide safe drinking water in an accessible, affordable, and simple way (without electricity especially). In God’s providence, we were directed by our partners of Mission of Hope to Sawyer Filters who have what we believe to be the answer to the tragic, pervasive problem of polluted, disease-infected water.
The Sawyer Point One Filter provides the fastest, easiest, most efficient way to provide portable water. This filter, currently being used in 50 countries, provides up to 500 gallons of water every day, and we are looking to get 300 of these in the 13 churches in Haiti (that equals 150,000 gallons of clean drinking water every day!). You can read all about the technology and see testing results at their website.
With these filters, all that anyone will need is a water bucket and the Point One Filter Kit. That means these filtration systems can be installed virtually anywhere in Haiti. The filters can be cleaned and maintained without any additional equipment and can last for up to ten years. As long as there is a source of water (regardless of what is in it), there is opportunity for clean, safe drinking water with the Point One Filtration System that exceeds US EPA standards.
In each of the 13 churches, our hope is to install two large 50 gallon drums with 5 filters operating simultaneously in each drum. This will provide a supply of over 100 gallons of clean, drinking water for the orphan schools and churches every hour. The remaining filters will be strategically dispersed in centralized areas so that the local churches can facilitate and administrate training and implementation of these water filtration systems to those in need.
Sawyer is already working in Haiti and has these filters available for us to set up immediately after funds are secured to provide them to our churches. In our Bible conference in January 2012, we plan to train all of the pastors and orphan school directors in setting up these filtration in their respective churches. We are excited to see that happen! Watch this video and envision with us how these filters could literally save lives of Haitians through the ministry of our local churches . . .
So what’s the bottom line cost for these filters? Amazingly, each filter costs $50 and does not need additional chemicals or electricity. It can be cleaned and maintained without additional cost and last for more than a decade, providing clean, safe drinking water in the most remote, primitive parts of Haiti.
Providing clean, safe, drinking water for the 1,572 orphans and churches caring for them is one of three critical areas of Libere 2012. Will you help us meet the challenge of providing 300 of these filters for $15,000?
We need your help.
Please consider donating to the cause today. For Christmas, consider giving the gift of clean water by buying a filtration system for precious orphans in Haiti. Thank you!
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