Five water treatment systems from Charleston-based Christian nonprofit Water Missions International have arrived in Haiti, with another five leaving this afternoon. Clean water has been a primary concern for victims in last week's 7.0 earthquake. Each Water Missions system is expected to provide enough daily water for 5,000 people in a disaster situation.
An additional 20 systems have been prepared for deployment, says spokeswoman Lindsay Wine, with a total of 70 planned for Haiti. Staff and volunteers are already on the ground in Haiti. Water Missions had long-term staff in the country prior to the earthquake.
“It’s a very scary situation. Everything is destroyed, and supplies are running out. Our team is lucky to be alive,” says Julio Paula in a press release. As WMI’s Country Director in Haiti, Paula was in Haiti at the time of the quake.
“Now that the systems have arrived, we will work tirelessly to get them installed so people will have safe water to drink," he says.
Donations are being accepted at www.watermissions.org or by calling (843) 769-7395 / toll free (866) 280-7107. Also, text WMI to 85944 to make a $10 donation (donor must reply YES to confirm and complete the donation).
Teaser photo provided by Water Missions International.