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Emergency Response – Haiti

Waves For Water in Partnership with United Nations & Humanitarian Organizations

Example: By plane, truck, boat and foot, the Waves for Water team has completed the distribution & training for 56,000 Sawyer clean-water filter systems to the most remote regions of Haiti. These have been donated by Compassion International.

1-Fritz & Jon flying to north coast to meet trucks for big Compassion International distribution and field operations training. 2-Jack & Zach delivering to Mirebalais. 3-Boat carrying our filters & buckets to La Gonave, an island near Port-au-Prince. 4-Jack & Zach in St. Marc. click images to enlarge


AP News Story – Waves For Water – Haiti


Cholera & Chaos

Cholera & Chaos in Haiti:  Al Jazeera News Story


Common Ground

RainCatcher East Africa Project
Sponsored by Carl Daikeler & Beachbody –
RainCatchers on 22 schools and 2,500 Sawyer clean-water filter systems
“There are many problems in the world that seem unsolvable, clean drinking water isn’t one of them.
Kenya & Uganda: 100% successful mission.
As we venture to the far edges of the earth, bringing goodwill and reverence for life, we are received like firemen at a burning building, except the fire is literally in the belly of innocent children. By the time we leave each school, bouncing down the red dirt roads of equatorial Africa, the fires caused by water-bourne diseases are well on their way to being extinguished.
The awful belly fire is something I know from experience. The pain is like a knife being thrust into your stomach. So, alongside the millions who die from drinking contaminated water, there are countless others who endure intense pain as a part of daily life. Everywhere we go we are greeted by people who know what we know: That securing a reliable source of safe drinking water is the #1 top priority. This shared knowledge is the common ground where our friendships begin and upon which our collaboration continues.
And so begins a journey of hope – with many turns and detours and setbacks. This is the road we have chosen to walk. Our stride is steady, we never stop. The people are amazing and happy . . . and free of the burdens their counterparts endure everyday in the first world.
It is we who receive fulfillment from those we travel far to serve.
www.raincatcher.org

Game Changer

June 2011 Game Changer Haiti

Hurley – Waves For Water – Nike

in partnership with Nike & Hurley, launched the first Game Changer project:

sport + safe drinking water = Have fun staying alive.

watch the video:

www.wavesforwater.org/2011/08/gamechanger-project-haiti-phase-2/


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RainCatcher delivers donated Nike soccer balls to schools in Kenya & Uganda – July, 2011

I was fortunate to be involved recently with the Waves For Water  Game Changer Project  in Haiti: Three partners,  W4W, Hurley and Nike, joined forces to bring clean-water systems and 800 new soccer balls to schools across the country. This effort turned out to be a game changer not just for the kids who received, but also for all of us working, from inception to completion, for the past year on this idea. The result: kids get to stay alive and have fun at the same time. 

Shortly after this effort I was getting ready for a big RainCatcher / Beachbody Clean-Water project in Kenya & Uganda. I asked  Tom DeBlasis, of Nike, if we could bring Game Changer balls to our school projects in Africa . . . and he just happened to have 80 bright orange, rubber soccer balls sitting in his office. I carried 44 in my luggage. The rest is history. What a difference a ball makes. Thanks to the collaboration of RainCatcher, Beachbody, Nike and many NGO partners throughout East Africa (including the Catholic Church), thousands of students have replaced homemade soccer balls with real ones.
RainCatcher + Beachbody + Nike = fun and long life for many.
www.raincatcher.org

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 Kogelo, Kenya – July 2011

Martha McBride & Malik Obama with Fred Mango

RainCatcher’s collaboration with Malik Obama, our president’s brother. Malik, born and raised in Kenya, graduated university in Nairobi, then spent many years in America. Thanks to Malik, and the extensive work and travel of the entire RainCatcher team, schools in Kogelo (the Obama ancestral village) now have rainwater harvesting & filtering systems . . . and thanks to Nike they also have new soccer balls.


Kigungu Well Restoration

All’s Well That Ends Well – Uganda – The following is a story that ends well. 
That’s Martha McBride – with children of Kigungu village.
A typical work day has me walking down red dirt roads of Africa, accompanied by crowds of people who have gathered to watch us turn water that takes away life into water that gives life. Together we walk down the trail from village to local water source, which is always contaminated. We scoop up water that looks like chocolate milk, pass it through our simple bucket filter system, and then watch everyone marvel as disgusting, diseased carrying liquid comes out clear & clean drinking water. We do this day after day, year after year.
What if people no longer had to carry filthy water, long distances, from source to home?
On the previous trip to Uganda, our usual water walk took us past the dead well pictured above. As we passed it a second time, on our way back to the village, I asked Dennis (RainCatcher Uganda) to get me a quote from local technicians for disassembling this pump, replacing all internal parts, and reinstalling brand new pump. Thus began the first RainCatcher Well Restoration Projectwhich I nicknamed The Lazarus Project – because the purpose is to literally bring new life to dead wells, of which there are thousands scattered throughout Africa.
Cost to resurrect a dead well in Uganda: $300.
The well in photo above had been dead for two years. It now provides an endless stream of clear water for an entire village. Most such bore holes average about 20′ deep. The water available at this depth is a much better source than the muddy rivers, lakes and ponds it replaces, but it still may carry lethal pathogens. So the next step is to clean it with point-of-use hollow-fiber water filters (attached to yellow jerry can in photos) This, of course, is our specialty. By combining well restoration & water filtration we can bring a new water source to any community that has a dead well.
This project is funded with donations by   
www.beachbody.com   and implemented by   www.raincatcher.org
Soccer balls donated by Nike.

UNIT RainCatcher Schools

Christmas Card from Dennis Haysbert to fellow cast & crew members of the TV show The UNIT

 

Click on photo to enlarge, then click again to see full size.

“A new rainwater harvesting system (tanks, gutters & filters) will be installed on several schools in Kenya in our name – The cast & crew of ‘THE UNIT’. As a result of this gift thousands of students are benefiting from having their own source of clean drinking water for years to come.

I am happy to make this happen with you . . . Snake Doctor” – Christmas 2008

 


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