Is Gift of Water a new organization?
GOW is a well established organization under new leadership. GOW was founded in 1995 by Phil Warwick from Melbourne, Florida. He designed, tested and manufactured the units and in the next 15 years placed the units in over 120 Haitian communities. In October 2008, Phil decided to leave the Gift of Water and with no one stepping up to run it, the organization ceased operations in April 2009. In January 2010, after extensive conversations with Phil Warwick, Pete Murphy from Carmel, Indiana decided to take on the task of restarting the GOW. He reestablished it as a non-profit organization in Indiana, selected a board of directors, manufactured, sold and shipped 1800 units plus hundreds of replacement filters and traveled to Haiti to familiarized himself with the delivery process, technicians, and families using the units.
How does the unit work?
The Gift of Water purification unit is a two bucket system that uses a one micron cotton filter, a carbon filter and 2 chlorine tablets to purify the water. Water is collected from a myriad of sources by the family and the water is put into a 5 gallon bucket along with a 67 mg chlorine tablet and allowed to sit for 30 minutes. This bucket is then placed atop a second bucket and the water passes through the cotton filter to remove sediment and larger organisms and then through a carbon filter to remove the high level of chlorine. The lower bucket has a 17mg chlorine tablet in it to ensure contaminate-free water. The bottom bucket has a spigot on it for the user to retrieve the purified drinking water.
How much does the unit cost per family?
Each unit cost US$25 for parts and shipping. The sponsoring communities usually pay the majority of this with the families paying a nominal amount for their vested interest. The families must also pay for the chlorine tablets which cost about 1 cent per day. The filters need to be replaced every 1 – 3 years depending on the water source that is used. This cost is projected to be about $2 per year and can be covered by the families or sponsoring community.
What is a GOW technician?
A technician is a local Haitian who distributes and services the units for a group of families. They are trained by the GOW organization but their supervision and pay come from the sponsoring community. These technicians are a vital part of this program as they provide the chlorine tablets, test for residual chlorine and ensure good working order of the system. They also provide education about the system.
How many homes can one technician cover and how often do they visit each family?
Depending on the terrain and density of homes, one technician can provide service for 200 – 300 units. Each family is visited every 1-2 weeks. In the future this home visit will allow for an opportunity to provide future education in other areas like personal hygiene, proper sanitation, and causes and signs of malnourishment. The GOW organization is hoping to utilize the CDC and other organizations to provide teaching materials for the technicians to use.
What if I am not a part of a sponsoring community, can I still provide a unit to a family?
Yes, the GOW organization can link you with a sponsoring community so you can help them provide as many units as possible to families. You may choose to help a sponsoring community by paying the salary for a technician (US$60 – $100 per year).
How can I get one unit to help in my fundraising efforts?
The GOW can ship you a unit for $50. Make your request using the contact us link on this website.
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