We are still on target to bring to market, and to our ministry, a new water filter called AquaSiv. Manufactured by my partner in China, the AquaSiv filter will work similarly to the Sawyer filter that we have been using for several years now. It will remove 100% of bacteria, parasites, and other disease causing pathogens that cause the epidemic problems with diarrhea and gastrointestinal diseases. We are manufacturing our own filter to bring the cost down and to improve ease-of-use so that even the poorest and least educated families can gain access to clean water and improved health.
Many people ask me why we focus on clean water. Did you know that around the world, over 1,000,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases that are directly related to drinking contaminated water? Just the other day I read in a local paper that in Bolivia alone, 40 children a day die from lack of access to safe drinking water. The real tragedy is that most these deaths are easily preventable by simply improving water quality, hygiene, and sanitation.
Studies collected by the World Health Organization show that access to clean drinking water can reduce diarrhea by 19%, simple hand-washing with soap can reduce diarrhea by 47%, and proper sanitation (which means using outhouses or toilets rather than defecating out in the open) can reduce diarrhea by 36%. These three interventions combined can reduce the incidence of diarrheal disease by up to 90%. So, access to clean water is obviously important, but we also want to emphasize the importance of good hygiene (through hand washing) and sanitation. But even simple tasks like washing your hands after you go to the bathroom or before you eat is difficult to teach and practice in households that do not have running water. To this end, we have designed the “Clean Water Station,” a simple steel tripod stand that provides a place for water filtration and hand-washing with a device commonly known as a “tippy-tap.” The tippy-tap is a foot-operated hands-free hand-washing station. With this simple solution and bit of training and encouragement families will see dramatic improvements in their health and well-being.
For about $75 you can give a “Clean Water Station” (which includes both a water filter and a tippy-tap hand washing jug) to a family in Bolivia. Please join us in our efforts to provide clean water, and bring renewed health and hope, to families in need.
If you would like to donate to our ministry, please click on the donate button and follow the instructions in the link. We love working here in Bolivia and certainly feel God’s guidance in all we do, but we cannot do it without partners like you backing us up with prayers and financial support. Thank you to everyone who is already supporting us! We look forward to see who else will soon be joining us in supporting God’s work here in Bolivia.