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Water purifiers installed in disaster-stricken Philippines, bringing hope to typhoon victims

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“We need foods: rice and water.” WaterStep team’s Kylene White and Chris Kenning followed water training attendees to Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by last month’s typhoon. Photos by Kylene White

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The WaterStep team wrapped up their last day of training today, training a total of 151 individuals representing 43 disaster relief organizations. It’s been a moving experience for everyone involved, trainers and trainees alike. Here is some feedback from the training attendees:

“The people in Hilantagaan island do not have access to clean drinking water and they have to cross to the bigger, neighboring Bantayan Island by pumpboat to get their supply of clean drinking water. During the rainy season, the people of Hilantagaan gather as much rain water as possible since this is also used as drinking water. Thank you very much for coming to Cebu and bringing this wonderful invention to help provide clean and safe drinking water to our communities and in effect, help alleviate the living conditions of our fellow Filipinos in the islands. “

-Pinky Gonzales, Last Days Harvest Mission Fellowship

 

“This mean a lot to us in Surigao because our location is very prone to typhoons and water is life.The number of lives we can serve and save through your generosity knows no limit.”

-Maribel Ortega, Monasterio de San Benito

 

“What is even more gratifying is the strong commitment and unselfish dedication you and your people have shown in the service which was done here in the philippines, especially in Cebu. On a technical note, I noticed how simple and sturdy the equipment and operation are.”

-Roberto Ybanez, Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water Foundation

 

“Our gratefulness is beyond measure. I have been praying for all sorts of miracles in these times of grave crisis but I never dreamed it would be WaterStep and its amazing chlorinating machine that is MORE than just a temporary answer to our water crisis at Bantayan island.”

-Kai Despi, Bantayanon District Hospital

Kylene White and Chris Kenning followed Shoji Castillo, 24, of the Rotary Club of Cebu, to Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by last month’s typhoon. Shoji attended the first day of water training. In Tacloban City, Shoji installed a water purifier in the Palo Cathedral, a church that serves as a center for much needed aid and relief in Tacloban City. The cathedral had no access to clean water and was relying solely on bottled water from aid. Photos are from the training in Palo Cathedral and around Tacloban City.

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.

For donations made in Canada, visit our partners Water Ambassadors Canada online to receive a Canadian tax receipt.

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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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