We are glad to already be seeing impact from our project in partnership with ChildFund International in Honduras. Our goal was to provide filters to a predominantly agricultural community that relies upon water from a mountain river.
Families were drinking water directly from pipes that fed river water into their homes, not knowing the water wasn’t safe to drink and exposing them to water-borne illnesses. This is a typical hurdle in our clean water projects. We must not only provide the tools necessary for people to have clean water, but also help people understand the health affects of the clean water.
With this need in mind, we partnered with ChildFund on a project to help hundreds of families gain access to clean water. This partnership was in coordination with the Honduran Government health service, who was working to identify families at high risk of exposure to water-borne illness through drinking water. In order to make this project happen, funds were used from Kohler’s annual “Run For Clarity” fundraising event.
In addition to providing Kohler Clarity water filters, this project also focused on educating families who received the filters to enable them to utilize the filters properly, ensuring years of access to clean and potable water. It was all part of a multi-phase project that seeks to identify families with the highest need for water filters, educate on the proper and safe use of the filters, and distribute of filters that meet the goal of helping 300 families in the region.
As a result of the work done ranging from the Kohler “Run For Clarity” fundraising event in Wisconsin to implementation work in Honduras, 273 families now use water filters to provide clean water to their family.
Even though implementation was relatively recent, within the first month of use the local health center reported zero patients with gastrointestinal diseases. This shows just how important these projects are for the families in need of education and resources so that they can live healthier lives by drinking clean water for years to come.