During their semester in Ghana, seniors Kaylee Kuipers and James Wood are working at SafeWater Ghana, an organization that brings clean water to places where people regularly die from illnesses related to poor water consumption. SafeWater is part of a bigger non-profit based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
An excerpt from Kaylee’s blog about her work with SafeWater
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This past week James and I were able to travel to one of the communities where water filters are set up in a clinic and two homes.
The first filter that we checked up on was the filter in the clinic. One filter there provides enough clean water for the entire clinic, and they never have a problem of running out during the day. This is good because it shows that they are using the filters properly, since the more they are used the better the filters are. The filter system was working well and the water was coming out clean, however, someone must have knocked it because the spout was broken off. We will have to try and make it back there to fix it for them, but for now it is still usable.
The second filter that we checked on is used by about seven families and other members of the community as needed. They informed us that the water is cleaner and their health is improving. We did notice that there seems to be mold of some sort on the piping though, and we will have to look into ways of avoiding that in the future. They also showed us where they get their water from to filter. The water was very dirty and unfortunately that is what they were drinking before. Water is a major issue for Ghana and hopefully we will be able to set up a few more while we are here.
The final filter was working great and had no mold or problems at all. This was really encouraging because it shows that there can be good success with them and they will not all have problems if used properly. I am glad that we were able to report that at least one is going smoothly.