Rapid Disaster Relief

by Filters for Families
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief
Rapid Disaster Relief

Summary

Since 2015 Filters for Families has engaged in relief projects in Nepal, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Malawi. As disasters increase in our Project areas there is a need for rapid deployment of urgent items. We need to stock filter units, washable sanitation pads and baby diapers, formula, whistles, solar lights, hygiene & first aid items, and other materials. The two week window following a disaster is critical, especially for vulnerable populations without reserves.

$3,000
total goal
$2,030
remaining
3
donors
1
monthly donor
1
month

Challenge

Natural disasters are increasing around the world especially in our field areas: Puerto Rico and Nepal. These communties are often vulnerable due to poverty, old age, children, sickness and peoples lack of transportation. The first 2 weeks of a disaster render these communities extremely susteptible to disease, hunger, lack of shelter and isolated. Utilities are down, limiting communication and roads blocked by debris make supply transport and emergency help difficult.

Solution

Storing non-perisable supplies in field areas allows rapid access to urgent life saving amenities (clean water, solar recharg, dry food, first aid, tarps). After the 2015 Nepal earthquake the field office sent buckets to Kathmandu where inside units were attached and distributed to > 23 NGOs, research groups, refugee camps and community centers. In Hurricane Maria, the local fisher community in Guaynilla, PR received filters & 2020 PR earthquake we distributed filters, solar lights & recharge

Long-Term Impact

These filters can last 8 years if maintained, providing safe water through several natural disasters & no plastic waste. Solar lights and recharge units are also reusable. Disposable diapers and sanitation pads destroy compostable toilets, washable pads & diapers are reusable. Collecting large filter units after use and reusing for next disaster provide the community with safe water. Using GIS to plot distributions and storage areas allows rapid assessment and locates the most vulnerable.

Resources

http:/​/​www.filtersforfamilies.org
Organization website
Blog during Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief
Photos of Nepal Earthquake, Hurricane Maria PR

Organization Information

Filters for Families

Location: Wheat Ridge, CO - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Linda Smith
Executive Director
Wheat Ridge, CO United States
$970 raised of $3,000 goal
 
18 donations
$2,030 to go
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