Partnership is a key to success in almost every area of life. You’ve probably heard it said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Across the world, FH partners with other non-profit organizations, governments, churches, schools and local community groups to help meet physical and spiritual needs of resource-poor families.
In Bolivia, recently, a 15-month-long partnership with Messiah College and Sawyer Products helped advance technology for improving access to clean water in struggling communities worldwide. The partnership was meant to test the effectiveness of the Sawyer PointOne water filter in reducing diarrhea among young children aged 6 months to 3 years.
Uspha Uspha was chosen for this study because of its lack of access to clean water. There is no water or sewer connection in Uspha Uspha; instead, unpurified water is delivered to homes by truck, but this water is not safe for drinking.
The director of this study actually followed the water trucks to see the source of this water, and they found it was collected from the river, canals and other unprotected, unclean sources. This water was going straight from the countryside into the people’s mouths, causing an array of infections and diseases.
In the next blog post for Poverty 180’s Water group, we’ll see the results and more photos from this study!