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Disaster relief organizations in the Philippines start water training

WaterStep team and training attendees talk about the first day of training at WaterStep’s training center in the Philippines that was set up earlier this week. Video by Kylene White

Make a donation to WaterStep’s disaster relief work in the Philippines on our Philippines page.

 

After two days of training, the WaterStep team in the Philippines has trained 98 individuals representing 22 organizations that are doing disaster relief work in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Each of these organizations receive a donated M-100 Chlorine Generator, which they will in turn install in a community where they are working and train the locals in its operation and maintenance. This train-the-trainer model, at the heart of WaterStep’s mission, will result in a ripple effect with enormous impact, more than could be possible with just a WaterStep team doing the installations themselves.

A lot has already been accomplished, but there is still work to be done. We are still taking donations of all sizes to contribute to this disaster work in the Philippines, so if you are reading this, please consider a donation, share this blog with a friend, and tell someone the story.

To learn more about what WaterStep is doing in the Philippines, including all media updates, visit our Philippines page. Read WaterStep team member Chris Kenning’s article in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

For the latest news, check back here on the WaterStep blog, which will be updated regularly while our team is on the ground. Follow WaterStep on Twitter @WaterStep, using the hashtag #WSHaiyan. Follow Courier-Journal reporter and WaterStep team member Chris Kenning @ckenning_cj for updates from the field.

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Arriving in the Philippines, paving the way for disaster relief

WaterStep CEO Mark Hogg from Cebu City, Philippines, where WaterStep is setting up a training center to train disaster relief nonprofits in the installation, operation, and maintenance of WaterStep’s M-100 Chlorine Generator. Video by Kylene White.

A team of five, including Mark Hogg, WaterStep Director of Field Operation Kurtis Daniels, engineer Juan Emmanuel Afable, Courier Journal reporter Chris Kenning, and photojournalist Kylene White arrived earlier this week.

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, thousands are without access to safe water and are in serious danger of waterborne disease. The M-100 Chlorine Generator is a water purifier that is capable of purifying over 10,000 gallons per day and providing safe water to over 1,000 people daily. It only requires table salt and a car battery to operate.

To learn more about what WaterStep is doing in the Philippines, including all media updates, visit our Philippines page.

For the latest news, check back here on the WaterStep blog, which will be updated regularly while our team is on the ground. Follow WaterStep on Twitter @WaterStep, using the hashtag #WSHaiyan. Follow Courier-Journal reporter and WaterStep team member Chris Kenning @ckenning_cj for updates from the field.

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UofL students carry water purifiers to the Philippines to help with disaster relief

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A group of University of Louisville students left early this morning, carrying 60 water purifiers in their luggage destined for Cebu City, Philippines. Read more about the efforts these amazing students are contributing to and what they’re doing to save lives with safe water in the article posted by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

To learn more about what WaterStep is doing in the Philippines, including all media updates, visit our Philippines page.

For the latest news, check back here on the WaterStep blog, which will be updated regularly while our team is on the ground. Follow WaterStep on Twitter @WaterStep, using the hashtag #WSHaiyan. Follow Courier-Journal reporter and WaterStep team member Chris Kenning @ckenning_cj for updates from the field.

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Packing for the Philippines


WaterStep staff and volunteers talk about packing to send 60 water purifiers to Cebu City, Philippines. There WaterStep is setting up a training center to teach the installation, operation, and maintenance of the M-100 Chlorine Generator, a water purifier that can produce up to 10,000 gallons of safe water daily, providing safe water to up to 1000 people, using only a handful of salt and a car battery.

To learn more about what WaterStep is doing in the Philippines, including all media updates, visit our Philippines page.

For the latest news, check back here on the WaterStep blog, which will be updated regularly while our team is on the ground. Follow WaterStep on Twitter @WaterStep, using the hashtag #WSHaiyan. Follow Courier-Journal reporter and WaterStep team member Chris Kenning @ckenning_cj for updates from the field.

 

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10
Jul

WaterStep Responds to Flooding in India

Flooding in India has killed at least 1,000 people and left many without homes or access to safe water. WaterStep is mobilizing a team to bring safe water to the people of Uttarakhand where the flooding occurred.

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Our approach will differ from traditional disaster relief efforts because instead of sending a large team of Americans to the area to install systems, we will be sending only three Americans to work alongside people stationed in India who have already been trained by WaterStep.

We have worked in North East India for almost a decade, specifically in the region of Meghalaya, and have a team of people trained to install and maintain an M-100 chlorine generator.

After the initial flooding, WaterStep was contacted by Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) in India who asked us to help them get clean water to those in need. They connected us with the Himalayan Paryawaran Shiksha Sansthan (HPSS) who are partners with OXFAM.

We will be sending five chlorine generators to Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand and mobilizing people to set up water treatment systems for the evacuees. The evacuees include locals, tourists, and pilgrims that were journeying for Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage to holy temples in the state.

Those who are already trained will be able to train others, and our distance learning program will allow us to further educate people on how to install and maintain an M-100 chlorine generator through video chatting when necessary.

By empowering locals to install and maintain the systems, we are using a capacity building approach that will allow people and communities to overcome obstacles and maintain solutions to their water problem. Our first step is disaster response, but by including locals, we can take the next step into recovery and rehabilitation, which can then lead to development beyond the initial conditions of the community.

WaterStep’s unique approach increases the potential for sustainability and further development beyond disaster relief.

With your help, we can prepare our team, send M-100 chlorine generators and train locals how to install and maintain our systems. To donate, click here.