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Are you thirsty?
What if that glass of in your hand held contaminated water?
For most Haitians, this is the situation they find themselves in every day. According to the World Poverty Index, Haiti has some of the worst water in the world, ranking it last in water quality. It is a basic element of life yet more than 4 million have no access to clean water and have to use contaminated water for all of their needs: drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, and laundry. Their water comes from springs that are often muddy or from rivers where laundry is washed, baths are taken, vehicles are cleaned and animals are watered.
Thus, many suffer from a host of intestinal parasites and diseases and often times deadly illnesses such as cholera. Diarrhea is responsible for 41 percent of all deaths in the Haitian rural areas where RMI ministers. Sixteen out of 100 children under 5 that die, do so because their family has no access to clean drinking water. Safe water and clean hands could prevent 90% of these deaths. Roundworm, whip worm and hookworm stunt growth, cause debilitating anemia and affect kids’ cognitive learning potential. Illness causes absenteeism and early drop-out from school. Clean drinking water could literally save thousands from illness and many from death.
Often the solution is tragically simple: A water filter. It would undeniably transform their health and quality of life. Clean water is essential for all facets of life, it gives people an opportunity - for good health, to go to school and work - it provides a step up and out of poverty. It gives hope and relieves a consuming stressor on people’s lives.
Water for Health provides filters to needy families. Through the education we provide upon delivery of the filter, we are teaching people how to take simple, pro-active steps in their everyday lives that will help stop the spread of sickness and disease.
A letter from a filter recipient
“I especially want to thank you so much for the water filter that you sent your staff to install for me at my house. You have no idea of how much this filter means to me, it provides good safe and clean drinking water for my family (of 5). Before you donated the filter to me I used to buy 2 five gallon water jugs every week. I can now use that money to care for my family. Plus the clean water from that same filter I share with my neighbors.
Your donation provides:
These filters are designed to be simple to operate and maintain, and last for years without having to change parts. We use bio-sand or similar filters. They are simple, inexpensive and effective.
“The water filter is a blessing from above as it provides clean water... It has made a big impact in the community! The people were dying with many different diseases from bad water, but praise God, since we received the water filters from our Sister Church there have been no water related deaths.”