Haiti emergency response: Donating water filtration system

Posted on October 24, 2016

Nearly 800 Haitians have contracted cholera two weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit the Carribean country. Relief efforts are not keeping up with demand.

The Category 4 storm destroyed countless healthcare buildings, including cholera treatment centers. The water-borne illness has flared in the hardest hit areas after floods contaminated drinking water in the southwest. The World Health Organization this week said that it would send 1 million cholera vaccine doses to the country. 

To prevent the spread of cholera, San Diego based Friends & Family Community Connections (FFCC), which has been embedded for many years in the devastated region, is shipping prepackaged food and Sawyer Water Purification kits to hardest hit areas around Les Cayes,  Jeremie, and Gressier. 

Developed from Space Shuttle technology, Sawyer’s proprietary hollow fiber membrane filters are small, portable, easy-to-use, reliable, inexpensive, and can last a decade without needing to be replaced. These filters are certified for ABSOLUTE microns making it impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerae, and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) to pass through.

A donation of $50 to FFCC (specify “Haiti Water Filters”) will pay to purchase, transport and distribute 1 filter kit and 2 buckets sufficient to provide safe drinking water for several families. See “Donate” in the upper right at: http://www.ffccsd.org/international/haiti/safe-water.aspx