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Imagine... being one of the 1.1 billion people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water.
For 73% of the Haitian population, the daily search for water is a nightmare. Carrying their buckets, women and girls walk for miles in search for water and when they reach the water source they often cannot afford the high cost.

Vendors can charge up to 100 times as much as the cost of the tap water. This represents one-half of the family's daily food budget.

In 2004 54% of population earned below $1 a day.

Click for Haiti statistics at a glance information sourced from UNICEF.

Imagine me... Healthy Educated Loved Protected
 

All across Barbados, every month, on 'Child Awareness Day' the children of the Secondary Schools will be encouraged to bring a bottle of cold water to school instead of purchasing a bottle of soda.

This will be a sign of solidarity with the children around the world that often times do not even have water to drink!

The US $1 saved will be collected and donated to the UCT's Child Sponsorship Program established within the country being featured that month. UCT is committed to investing US $30 to purchasing a Biosand filter from one of our two production plants in Bon Repos and Jacmel for every family within our Child Sponsorship Program.

Seen here some of the UCT biosand water filters in the Yolanda Thurvil Foundation orphanage in Bon Repos

Seen here some of the UCT biosand water filters in the Yolanda Thurvil Foundation orphanage in Bon Repos

Complying with two of the Millennium Development Goals -

  • Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water

BioSand Water Filters are an adaptation of slow-sand filtration, designed for use at the household level. The filter removes water-borne bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and other organisms that cause diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and amoebic dysentery. The filter also strains out the particles and organic matter that cause cloudiness, unpleasant taste, colour, and odour.

Seen here Pastor Rodrigues, trained by technicians at Clean Water for Haiti, standing beside the first filter produced in this small production plant. We are believing God now that we have had a cement mixer donated that we can start extending this good work.

 
 
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