Haiti – Distributing Clean Water After the Earthquake

Haiti – Distributing Clean Water After the Earthquake

Haiti - Distributing Clean Water After the Earthquake

“The situation continues to be overwhelming and there is such a devastating need for even the most basic supplies.”

Our hearts are broken when we hear of all that is happening in Haiti. 

On Saturday, August 14th, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the southwest region of Haiti, reportedly resulting in more than 2,200 deaths and 300 missing. Response efforts were further complicated when just two days after the earthquake, a tropical depression lead to heavy rain and wind in that same area. The earthquake also comes a little over a month after the assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Mose, on July 7.

We are thinking of our partners at God’s Vision for Haiti, Juska and Jona. They shared with us that the situation continues to be overwhelming and that there is such a devastating need for even the most basic supplies. They distributed water a few days ago and the response was frantic.

They are working with an international organization that has placed three medical doctors and a nurse on the God’s Vision for Haiti campus. They have also been helping with basic medical care and the distribution of water. 

Jona and Juska are also connecting with local organizations to ensure their efforts are coordinated as good stewardship of their time and resources is critical. 

Recently, they were going to check on some of their foster families and distribute emergency kits. They heard that two of their foster families’ homes have been completely destroyed by the earthquake, and that extensive damage has been done to some of the others. They are already feeling the weight of the work that desperately needs to be done in the months ahead. 

Aftershocks continue to be unsettling for everyone as they are still suffering from the trauma of the first ones. The relief work there remains at a critical stage and Juska, Jona and their team are working around the clock to meet as many needs as they can.  

With clean water being such a huge need in Haiti right now, Connect for Water is working with our partners to send water filters. We are also providing solar lights to those who no longer have access to electricity. But with such a huge and critical need, we need your help. Please partner with us. A simple water filter will make such a difference to those who are in desperate need. 

 

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US Southern Border – Providing Access to Hygiene Products

US Southern Border – Providing Access to Hygiene Products

US Southern Border - Providing Access to Hygiene Products

More than 1,119,204 migrants were reported to or found by border portal in the first half of 2021.

The United States is known for being a country of immigrants. Many people came to seek refuge from persecution and build better lives for their family. This is a theme that continues today for the United States. It is legal to arrive in the country and seek asylum. An asylum seeker is a person seeking protection that is not available in his own country due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. This has been part of American refugee law since 1980.  

One of the most crossed borders is the southern border that separates the United States from Mexico. In the first half of 2021, more than 1,119,204 migrants reported to or were found by the border patrol. They then are kept in detention centers and their personal belongings are taken from them. One of the larger facilities in the southeast is in Donna, which at times houses up to 4,000 migrants who await their future. Once a border officer is satisfied that they fit the definition of an asylum seeker, they are approved and given a court date in their destination city. From that point, they are often taken on a bus and are dropped off on a street corner to find their way to that city for their court hearing. Once there, the judge will determine whether or not they will be granted refugee status.

When they come to the United States through Mexico, they may ride a series of trains, often referred to as “death trains”. Why? Because of the dangers of injury, victimization by violent crime and even death. Migrants see the risk as worth it because of government corruption, gang violence, poverty and violent crimes in their home countries. Many are seeking better futures for their children. The pandemic-related economic downturn and the pair of hurricanes that devastated Honduras and Guatemala last year only increased the already challenging situations.

 

Many near the border are sympathetic to the plight of these people and establish respite centers such as one run by Catholic Charities in McAllen,Texas. Centers such as this do the best they can, depending on volunteers and donations to help people get rest, food and clothes before heading on to sponsors awaiting them in different parts of the country. Several hundred individuals and families sleep on mattresses and share facilities in situations such as this one where there are four toilet stalls for women, a few showers and one table for bathing small children with wet wipes. 

As this is such a pressing current issue, our founder Lou Haveman, and his justice focused small group of friends, are headed down to the southern border to understand this situation better. They will be visiting this center where they will deliver clothing and other necessities. 

Our partners at Business Connect will support the team with one of Business Connect’s new products, the Crud Cloth. This cloth is essentially a shower in a bag that contains a terry cloth washcloth and a pod of soap and water. Once opened, the cloth can be reused again and again. This will be helpful in situations of limited shower access and desperate need. 

If you would like to partner with the team going to help those seeking refuge, please consider donating to provide Crud Cloths. This unique product will welcome families and individuals who have left everything in hopes of finding a better life in the United States. 

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Uganda and Kenya – Building Water Filters and Water Businesses

Uganda and Kenya – Building Water Filters and Water Businesses

Uganda and Kenya - Building Water Filters and Water Businesses

Over 200 million hours are spent looking for clean drinking water each day.

(according to research by the United Nations)

With this in mind, We Make Impact is on a mission to co-create a world where everyone has access to clean water and no one lives in poverty. 

In Uganda & Kenya, they teach people how to build biosand water filters and water businesses, providing access to the skills, tools, and resources to build filters for sale in the community & break out of the poverty cycle. 

Within 1 week, a local entrepreneur passes the Filter Fountain assembly, maintenance, and sales tests through hands-on training with their experienced entrepreneurs.  

Over the course of a month, the entrepreneurs go through biosand and sales training to become a self sufficient and profitable business. We Make Impact offers ongoing support as they grow their business including access to our partnerships, raw material discounts, Knowledge Library, and many more perks. 

 This approach empowers Water Entrepreneurs to sustainably get more and more people access to clean water – creating jobs & a ripple effect of positive change!

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Sudan and Ethiopia – Protecting Tigrean Refugees and IDPs with Clean Water

Sudan and Ethiopia – Protecting Tigrean Refugees and IDPs with Clean Water

Sudan and Ethiopia - Protecting Tigrean Refugees and IDPs with Clean Water

Protecting Tigrean Refugees with Clean Water

Recently, the Ethiopian government launched a military offensive against a rebellious regional government. Because of the war crisis in Ethiopia, there are close to 100,000 Tigreans that have been displaced. The conflict has created a great humanitarian crisis threatening the life of innocent Tigreans.

An area in eastern Sudan has become a temporary home of tens of thousands of Tigrean refugees who have fled their own country.

In the refugee camp, no clean water source exists. Refugees are sleeping in makeshift tents and in abandoned buildings, some even sleeping outside with no shelter. In many cases children and parents have been separated. Due to lack of safe water supply, the refugees have been suffering from water borne communicable diseases.

Yet we can make a difference in the lives of these refugees. By distributing water filters, we can save lives and help them stay strong during these difficult times. Would you partner with us as we come alongside the Tigrean refugees?

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Kenya – Providing WASH Knowledge and Water Filters

Kenya – Providing WASH Knowledge and Water Filters

Kenya - Providing WASH Knowledge and Water Filters

300,000 children under 5 die annually from diarrheal diseases.

One of the most basic human needs is water.  Water is important for almost every aspect of life including drinking, washing, bathing, farming, and more.  Rural Africa has very limited sources of water that are clean, adequate, and accessible.  The majority of available water sources tend to be unprotected shallow wells, rivers, dams, and springs.  Consequently, many children and adults suffer from water borne diseases including cholera, typhoid, and amoeba.  More than 300,000 children under 5 die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – over 800 per day. 

 

 

Earth And Water works in western Kenya with the mission to bring life to people through the most valuable resource on Earth – water. They have initiated small business development projects, school and household water filtration systems, well drilling, and various water development projects.  Earth And Water works to help communities in crisis by providing accessible and uncontaminated water sources along with education about water hygiene and sanitation.

 

Their first focus was drilling wells for rural communities, orphanages, and churches. These wells are hundreds of feet deep and provide clean water to those in need. Yet with the high cost of drilling wells, they are also looking to distribute more VF100 Home Filters as well as provide WASH training. Would you partner with Earth And Water so that they can reach even more communities with WASH training and clean water?

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