It’s been seven months since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines and Water Missions International launched disaster response efforts to bring safe water to those who lost everything in the powerful storm. Earlier this year, we shared a thank you letter from Betsy, whose community received a Living Water™ Treatment System.
“Water Missions International came and brought the most important/biggest gift we’ve received, ever,” Betsy wrote. “It was by then that, little by little, people came to understand that there is always this divine intervention.”
A few days ago we heard back from Betsy with an update on how her community of 5,000 people is doing. She shared that her community is recovering well, and that they’re building an enclosure to protect what was meant to be a temporary solution to their problem.
“Our building is just a small one, just enough to protect the system from the sun and dirt,” she wrote us. “This is courtesy of our governor, who was so overwhelmed by this gift.”
Betsy’s community, like so many others, hopes to keep their disaster response systems running while they continue to rebuild their lives, but these systems aren’t always adequate for their long-term needs. Although the storm has passed in the Philippines, we want to continue to work with communities like Betsy’s and help make safe water access a permanent reality rather than a temporary solution.
In Haiti, following disaster response efforts for the 2010 earthquake, Water Missions International has been working to transition disaster response systems into permanent installations—projects that run on solar power with the capability of meeting greater water needs. This is our hope for every crisis we responded to, from cholera outbreaks to natural disasters. We want to work to meet a community’s need for safe water permanently, and transform their lives forever.