Clean Drinking water. It’s something we all need to live. But how often do you really think about it? Do you take it for granted? Has it always been a given that you’ll have it when you need it? What if your water looked like this? What if instead of keeping you healthy it made you sick?
The sad truth is that one in eight children in Haiti don’t live to see their fifth birthday because of illnesses they get drinking dirty water, and more infants die of preventable waterborne diseases than in any other country in the western hemisphere. The basic need of clean drinking water is not being met, and it’s the reason that over half of the hospital beds in Haiti are filled with people suffering from waterborne diseases.
All Hands is responding to this need by producing biosand water filters as a simple solution to provide safe, clean drinking water. Biosand filters are built from local materials – concrete, sand and gravel – and though a natural process these filters form an active layer that removes bacteria, viruses, and worms – the carriers of the most common waterborne diseases in Haiti –along with cholera. They’re small enough to put in homes and schools, and can filter water from common sources like rivers, pumps and wells for ten years or more. When we install a filter in a home, it’s great to know that a decade from now that family will still have access to safe, clean drinking water.
We’re installing filters in schools, a cholera treatment center, orphanages, and the homes of local families. Our goal is to build one hundred filters by the end of the year, and to distribute them to families and communities in need, giving clean water to over 500 people. We’re ready to make it happen, and we need your help.
A gift of 20 dollars gives a person clean water for 10 years or more, while 100 dollars sponsors an entire filter, providing clean water to a family in need. This holiday season you have the opportunity to change someone’s life. People should never have to be without safe, clean drinking water.
Due to an overwhelming response, we’ve exceeded out goal and funded 140 filters and have closed our funding portal! If you were interested in supporting our Biosand Filter program, please consider making a donation to our Disaster Response Fund.