The mission of I Thirst International is to bring the blessing of clean water to the suffering primarily through water filtration, pump repair, and well drilling. David and Cynthia Pearson, founders of I Thirst, grew up in neighboring Central American countries where they saw first hand the need for clean water. After they married, David worked with other non-profit water organizations before starting I Thirst in 2009. Cynthia has training in hygiene and sanitation. Together they deliver water filters and train teams in developing nations.
Our long-time friend and partner in Haiti, Reg Celestin, is right in the middle of the devastation in Les Cayes, on the south coast of Haiti. The number of reported fatalities is nearing 1,000. Reg reports that the flooding has contaminated the drinking water for over 100,000 people. There are dead animals in the water everywhere, making the problem even worse. The bridge from Port-au-Prince was washed out, but just a few hours ago an alternative route was built around it.
Help us to get Sawyer filters to the people of Les Cayes as quickly as possible.
Please donate now. We have arranged with Sawyer Filters for an emergency price. For $25 you can provide safe water for 30-50 people. The greatest danger now is cholera and typhoid. The filters will save people from that happening. Sawyer will provide as many filters as we can raise funds for.
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David and Cynthia just returned from a trip to Nepal where they distributed 95 filters with their team of small team of six people. The filters were well received and the smiles and thanks they brought humbled us, as always. They discovered an even bigger need than clean water while they were there and are teaming up with Impact Nations to help rescue lives of women at risk.
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783 million people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly 11% of the world’s population.
Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. Almost 2,000 children per day.
At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diarrhea.
To provide clean water to families in need, we have found an excellent solution - Sawyer water filters. These filters are portable, inexpensive, long-lasting, and remove all harmful bacteria. Using dialysis technology, their proprietary filter was designed to remove harmful bacteria and contaminants. The filter uses gravity and can be attached to any bucket or bag. The extremely fast flow rate and compact size allows individuals to filter water in their own homes as they need it, eliminating the need for a large water storage system as well. The filter is easily cleaned with a backwash syringe.
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