May 2019 Newsletter
Water Filtration Systems In El Varillal
Clean water is a serious issue.
Recently the well installed in El Varillal has been confirmed to be contaminated making it useless to the school and families. To address the water issues there, our board has unanimously approved an initiative to provide in-home water filters.
We plan to create a program modeled after the successful program in San Nicolas. We are hiring a coordinator who will work with a local program, El Ayudante Honduras, for the filters. Families that qualify for the program will be selected by the coordinator and will have to put forth a small fee as well as attend a class on how to maintain and use the filter in their home. The training is already beginning, so our first families will be getting clean water soon!
Bio-Sand Water Filters
How it works:
The water filters are designed and approved in Michigan, and are assembled in Honduras. This bio-sand filter design is a plastic container with layers of sand and gravel that allow a live level of bacteria to grow which eats the bad bacteria as the water filters through it, providing clean, drinking water. The filter life is more than 10 years, providing drinking water for an entire household. It takes about 30 minutes to filter 5 gallons of water and can filter over 25 gallons a day.
To install a filter, the sand and gravel are rinsed and then layered inside the filter. Then, the filter is tested to ensure the rate at which the water filters is correct. Once the flow rate is accurate, they explain to the family how to use it. The entire process takes about an hour, and provides a great opportunity to fellowship with the family. Installation is simple enough for anyone to help!
In addition to providing clean drinking water, a water filter brings a sense of empowerment and pride to parents as they are now able to provide safe water for their family - something that was previously out of their reach. Providing clean water is also a relationship bridge and opens a door for talking about the life changing, Living Water of Jesus Christ.
The filters are going to cost $120 per home. Milk and Honey Missions, Inc has pledged to start with 10 filters. Can you help us provide more?At the link below you can make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly recurring donation through PayPal. No amount is too small to help!