Posted by: In: Water 05 Oct 2017 0 comments

From Jerbie:

 

In August, our staff together with the WAVES 4 WATER team went to the Barangay of Rizal.  This is the community north of Hope for the Island where we rebuilt homes after waves wiped out many homes along the coast.

It was almost 40 degrees and very humid. We went to Fernando village with water filters to help meet the long time and escalating problem of contaminated water.

It was my first time there as a new leader at HOPE. As we approached the village and the people recognized we were from Hope for the Island, they were so happy and responsive. One thing that amazed me is how concerned they were to know where our founder of Hope for the Island was. They expressed that they really miss Kuya Derek and want to see him again.

 

The love the people have encountered from HOPE really impacts them. They readily invited us into their homes and gathered to hear why we were there. We took time to talk with and pray for each of them.  The people were overjoyed!

As we walked through the village, we silently prayed that God would allow the filters to bring about a change in the struggles they face. Our prayer was that villagers would open their hearts to the true and lasting hope of living water in Jesus.

Almost all households received a filter and some shared with neighbors. They thanked God for this blessing! The relief and joy in their faces was touching for us to see.

One family shared how they faced so many sickness and low immunity when they drank the local water.  When they had enough money they would buy the 5-gallon purified water but not all could afford to do so.

They shared the challenge they have during dry season, getting water from streams. Winter rainy season brings plenty of water, but it becomes a murky chocolate color and is dangerous to drink.

Dirty clothes and empty containers for water are carried on a long walk to Tak-Tak Falls in the village of Tangbo. A lot of sacrifice and time is required just to carry out the basic necessities of life.

We spent time with the mother of a 15 yr. old girl who is suffering from bone cancer. They were able to get a check up for her in 2015 when politicians were giving money during their campaign. Beyond that original diagnosis, they have no means to get more treatment or medicine. Please pray for her because she is bed ridden now and is in constant pain.  We prayed over her and gave her some pain relievers. It was very sad seeing her in that condition with no avenue for more help.

HOPE will hold regular Bible studies in this area to help those grow in their faith that responded to the Lord. During those visits, we will also monitor the water situation and other needs that may arise. Pray for wisdom as we search out new areas to provide filters that were entrusted to us by W4W.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: In: Water 27 Sep 2014 0 comments

7HirwNdR-Dn9SkT814BWpj0yNncn3TIBXAQi5XuCtSA,7h0cFWsLnP69iEQsjDVEVMWAEclexFgDH-fe_QRfs1QHere on Siargao Island, accessing clean drinking water has always been a serious problem. During rainy season there is ample water, yet water sources are murky and full of bacteria. Villagers make feeble attempts to filter out sediment before drinking it by placing an old t-shirt over the faucet. This does nothing to eliminate harmful bacteria. During the dry summer season, water trickles out of only a couple of ground pipes. People travel far to fill containers with contaminated water from these sources. There are many contributing factors to the problem. One big one is that the water source in Burgos is an open stream that various animals drink from and defecate in.
Another problem is that almost all septic tanks in communities are not sealed with concrete. With no way to pump septic tanks, and cost for concrete being too high, people leave the sand bottom open. Harmful septic waste then leaches into ground water that people use for cooking and drinking.
In the past, Hope for the Island has served those areas most affected by incidence of disease, by setting up weekly mobile water purifiers for villagers to come and fill up for the week. This made only a small dent in the problem. We at Hope, drink safe water from a controlled source that goes through a purifying unit from Canada. People regularly come to us from the community to fill buckets and bottles for sick family members or for their newborn babies. We are pleased to be able to help, but it is kind of like putting a Band-Aid on a large infected gapping wound.
On our last mission outreach to the areas affected by typhoon Yolanda, God crossed our path with an organization called Waves for Water. They were bringing small portable filters into devastated areas to help meet the needs of those suffering. Some filters were given to us to be used on Bantayan Island for our outreach. It was amazing to see how effective they were to purify the filthiest water.
Recently, more filters were donated to us in order to meet the growing water concerns for suffering communities on our island. Cholera, Typhoid Fever, Salmonella, Amoeba, and E. coli are some water born diseases being controlled. It is incredible to hear testimonies of health from areas once plagued by skin disease, vomiting and diarrhea. Rather than providing meds or financial aid to help send sick kids to the hospital, we are now helping in a more preventative way by helping prevent further incidence of disease.
Presently, 84 water filters have been distributed to 5 out of 6 barangays of Burgos. More filters are committed and soon on the way to meet the needs for other municipalities where we already minister. As we travel in areas to demonstrate how to use these filters, people are overwhelmed with joy. They express how blessed and thankful they are to God because in the past only people with money would have access to safe drinking water. Words are not enough to describe how we feel when we see their smiles and hear their testimonies.