Provide community water purification and disinfection systems for immediate tsunami relief as well as long-term rebuilding efforts in Tamil Nadu, and other tsunami-stricken areas in India.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Roughly 500,000 displaced survivors are being housed in temporary camps or shelters. Clean, safe drinking water is in short supply, and is being provided via unsustainable measures. Water purification and disinfection systems are needed to address both immediate and long term needs of the survivors. Cholera and diarrheal disease was already endimic in the region prior to the tsunami (70,000 accute cases in 2004 alone).
How will this project solve this problem?
WaterHealth International (WHI) installs water purification systems for emergency relief in temporary shelters. Germicidal UV light disinfects surface water, rivers, well water or contaminated municipal water; produces water meeting WHO guidelines.
Potential Long Term Impact
Reduction in water-borne diseases in temporary camps and shelters via the provision of a sustainable safe drinking water supply. Systems will be relocated to commuties as they are rebuilt for long-term use.
Total Funding Received to Date: $136,802
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $136,802 . The original project funding goal was $250,000.