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Water filters headed to Ecuador

January 18, 2016 / admin / Updates

From Boardmember Don:

We’ve got a long history of supporting clean water initiatives in Ecuador, and that continues. In 2010, members of Humanity Now Inc. delivered water filters to 40 families in the Napo Region of Ecuador on a service trip with students from Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield, CT. Each of the 40 Sawyer PointONE filtration systems donated are capable of filtering over 1 million gallons of river water and turning it into clean drinking water free from harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giradia, or those that cause Cholera and Typhoid.

In 2009, prior to our visit to Napo’s Ongota Community, the children had been experiencing on average 3 bouts of diarrhea monthly as well as infections, sometimes death, from various water borne illnesses. On a return service trip one year after delivering the water filters, members observed vibrant children with bright eyes and smiles. Bouts of diarrhea were down to only once every 3 months and there were no incidents of other water related illnesses.   Members saw first-hand the result of their previous year deliveries.

In October 2015, members of Humanity Now Inc. had planned on hand delivering more water filtration systems to the Napo Region but a few days before departure, a volcano in Cotopaxi, Ecuador erupted so the trip was cancelled. We sent the filters to Jennifer Hardie, a representative of our partner Map International, who delivered them to Maggy Martinez, a team leader in Map International’s Ecuador office for distribution.

Attached are pictures of the filters and buckets being delivered to members of the Santa Barbara community by representatives of Map International. Each filter cost only $35 and will provide over 1 million gallons of clean drinking water to a family for many years!

You can purchase a water filter by making a tax deductible contribution of $35 on our website.   Humanity Now, Inc will deliver all filters purchased and provide an a 5 gallon bucket to families in the Napo Region of Ecuador which will l allow each family to have years of clean drinking water – a commodity which so many of us take for granted each day.

Families with their new water filtration systems
Heading home
Instructions on water filter usage
Miguel, a Map International representative, giving technical  information on water filter maintenance.

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