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Bringing Life to Dry Places

Field Report by Dina Sleiman

WORLDWIDE – One of the top commitments of Operation Blessing and our faithful partners is bringing life to dry places all around the world. Sometimes this means bringing educational or business opportunities to areas in need, or medical care where none is available. But often it means literally bringing clean water to areas lacking enough safe drinking water.

While the human body can go weeks without food, and years without medical care, it can only survive a few days without water. Without clean water, communities struggle through debilitating stomach ailments and other waterborne diseases, some fatal. Children miss school and parents are unable to work due to illness.

That’s why Operation Blessing remains dedicated to supplying clean drinking water as one of our core programs. Thanks to your faithful support, we’re able to use a multi-fold approach. We treat each situation uniquely. By assessing the surrounding conditions, we choose the very best solution for lasting success.

Natural Disasters: During natural disasters that pollute water sources and destroy municipal systems, clean water often becomes the most urgent need. Thanks to you, Operation Blessing moves in quickly, whether in the wake of a hurricane in the United States, a flood in Mexico, or an earthquake in Indonesia. We supply bottled water and filtration systems for immediate relief during a crisis. Then, in long term situations like the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, we remain on the ground long after many other organizations have left. And we provide necessary safe water technology and guidance to keep clean water flowing to those in need.

Water Wells: In many dry places like Zambia, India, or parts of Latin America, a deep water well provides the best solution for fresh, clean water. Operation Blessing experts assess the situation and provide the resources to dig deeper and more efficiently to find those essential life-giving water supplies.

Community Water Systems: For communities in areas like Honduras or Guatemala, rain falls abundantly, but water sources quickly become contaminated by run off chemicals, waste, or even natural causes. And often, they lie far distances away. In these situations, a community water system provides the best long-term solution by funneling a natural water source down into a community. Combined with a purification system built within a 5,000 to 10,000-gallon water storage tank and pipeline network connecting homes directly to safe water contained within the storage tank, community water systems can provide clean water for decades to come.

Filtration Systems: Filtration systems can also provide a great solution in areas where water is abundant and easily available, but still not safe to drink. Like along Lake Titicaca in Peru. This might occur due to poor municipal water systems, contaminated wells, or disaster situations. In these cases, Kohler Clarity water filters can be distributed to individual schools or families. Operation Blessing can also supply larger community filtration systems or desalination systems as the situation demands.

Chlorination: Chlorination provides another powerful weapon in our battle against unsafe water. A small hand held device like the H2gO or the tabletop community SE200 can easily create enough chlorine to purify water for a village in Haiti or the Judean Desert. Meanwhile, large scale chlorination systems can be used to generate disinfectant for hospitals in places like Africa, or provide safe water for entire communities after disasters.

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