Every Life Water Filters
Our family lived and traveled in and out of the West Indies from 1980 through 1995. Having lived through one revolution, five coup d’etats, two hurricanes, and a drought, we have first-hand experience of what life can be like in the midst of wars, water shortages, floods, and natural disasters. Life can change in an instant when circumstances beyond our control threaten our way of life and our very existence.
One thing that never changes is an individual’s reliance on water for survival. Our bodies can survive for weeks without food but only days without water. Safe, potable water is something most of us take for granted. Sadly, the majority of earth’s citizens have no access to clean water.
Haiti is one of these countries. During the hurricane season of 2009, Haiti was hit by four hurricanes back-to-back. Common to tropical countries, the rainy season brings an abundance of water. This necessary fresh water brings both blessings and curses to Haiti. As water is collected in cisterns for those who have cement homes, uncollected water runs off deforested mountain slopes in torrents, causing flooding and mudslides. Lives are swept away with the huts that housed them, and malaria soon follows. In 2009 tropical storms, and the flood surge from the relentless hurricanes produced such severe flooding, that many parts of the island were completely cut off from roads or landing strips. Crops and food stores were washed away. There was no fresh water and no way to deliver it.
An orphanage run by an American missionary was forced to use the flood waters for drinking and bathing. Because food-supplies had been exhausted, flour was mixed with the contaminated water to feed the missionary and the children in her care.
I was horrified when I received this news. With contamination from human waste and decomposing human and animal corpses in the water, many lives had been put in danger. I wondered what type of devise might have been used at that orphanage to safely filter the flood water. I made a sketch of what I felt would be an ideal filtration design for a worse-case–scenario such as this and began to search for manufacturers. In January 2011, I found what I was looking for.
We are so excited about these filters that we have become distributors. If the parts of flood-ravaged Haiti had these filters on hand before they were cut off from supplies, they could have had safe drinking water for less than 30.00 US dollars per filter!
We, along with our manufacturer, place more value on people than on profit. Although we are a “for-profit” business, we believe that offering a tremendous value for an essential product will allow people and organizations to get safe water to as many people as possible. We hope to make our profit, and our living, through explosive sales and the good will of our customers to send other buyers our way. Will you help us?