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Safe Water for Nepal

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The WaterStep team in Nepal has trained over 200 people in water treatment and health education, and they finished out their week by going to do local installations in other earthquake-affected regions of Nepal.

After years of experience in disaster relief, the WaterStep staff redesigned their training programs to deliver greater impact to the areas needing access to safe water and hygiene. Instead of responding to disasters with large teams on the ground, WaterStep realized that they could be more effective by sending a small team to train local non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in water treatment and health education. Those NGO’s can then use what they’ve learned and take it back to other areas to train even more people, multiplying the effect of WaterStep’s efforts.

At WaterStep, training includes not only water treatement education, but also health education, a critical part of our work. Both pieces come together to promote better health in communities around the world. WaterStep’s disaster relief in Haiti, India, Costa Rica, and the Philippines revealed that health education was crucial to improved health. Our health education teachers walk trainees through basic practices like how to make a hand washing station with common materials, protect homes from flies, prevent common types of  parasites from spreading, and treat diarrheal illness in babies, children and adults. Paired with water treatment training, these two strategies can provide long-term solutions for a community.

Our team in Nepal has been encouraged and inspired by the response to their training. Many Nepali people walked and traveled for days over tough terrain to reach the training location. A member of parliament attended the training along with Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus. The diversity of the individuals trained through this trip will not only save lives but help bridge cultural divides. At WaterStep, we believe peace and health can be achieved through water.

WaterStep’s disaster relief work in Nepal will not only address the immediate needs of the earthquake affected people, but it will improve their water access for years to come.

 

*All photos taken by Philip Andrews

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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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