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Water@Work: Providing Clean Water in the Dominican Republic

Water@Work: Providing Clean Water in the Dominican Republic

Advance #3021988

#3021988 - Implementing community based water purification systems to impoverished communities

Annual Goal:$200,000.00
Partner:Dominican Evangelical Church

Describe the need affecting the community.

In January of 2015, the World Economic Forum released its annual Global Risks report. It canvassed the knowledge of over 900 leading experts and decision makers from across the globe to assess. In the report's own words, "the perceived impact and likelihood of 28 prevalent global risks over a 10-year time frame." The results of that survey and analysis solidified the following acknowledgement of what has been generally supposed: 1. Water Crises. 2. Spread of infectious diseases. 3. Weapons of mass destruction. 4. Interstate conflict. 5. Failure of climate-change adaptation. 6. Energy price shock. 7. Critical information infrastructure breakdown. 8. Fiscal crises. 9. Unemployment or underemployment. 10. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse. The worldwide water crisis consistently ranks as the greatest threat to mankind. In Africa and the east, the challenge is primarily finding ample supplies of water. In the developing countries of the western hemisphere, the issue is not quantity but rather serious bacterial contamination. Worse, in these countries that practice modern farming like the Dominican Republic, chemicals and cancer-causing agents. Such as pesticides, and herbicides are now contributing to an actual poisoning of the water. From a technical assessment, a unique solution must therefore be provided that can remove harmful contaminants, chemicals, poison and salts in very austere circumstances. However from an organizational viewpoint, the solution must also be able to fit local cultural and governmental realities. Globally recognized statistics are staggering: ? 1 billion people lack access to clean water. ? 1.6 billion people live in areas where there is water, but they can't afford to drink it due to the cost. ? 90% of sewage produced in underdeveloped countries is discharged untreated into water bodies. ? Over 50% of the hospital beds worldwide are occupied by someone with water-borne disease. ? 80% of all sickness worldwide is related to contaminated water. ? Diarrhea killed more children in the last decade than all armed conflicts since World War II. ? More children die from dirty water every year than war, malaria, HIV/AIDS and traffic accidents combined. Here are a few statistics that are less known: ? On average, a child dies from water-related illnesses about every seven seconds, or about the time it took to read this bullet. ? 84% of water-related deaths worldwide are from children 14 and under. ? The average child who drinks dirty water regularly will have over 1,000 parasites in their body. ? An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country uses in an entire day. ? In just the Dominican Republic where Water@Work serves, more than 1 million people lack access to affordable clean water.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

This plan will further the efforts initiated and nurtured by hundreds of donors that have had a part in the Water@Work model. What started as a mustard seed vision to provide access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, clean water for good health, and business opportunities to provide community development, has blossomed into the transformation of an entire country. This project will, over ten years, will impact and transform the lives of over 1,000,000 people in desperate need for both clean and living water. They will have their lives transformed and more importantly, the Gospel of Christ and good health will reach not only the people currently in need, but countless generations to come because of the unique Water@Work sustainability model.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

The goal of the Program is to bring transformational healing to select rural communities of the Dominican Republic. Where over 1,000,000 people who lack access to affordable clean water. This transformational effort is designed to make clean and safe water available in 1,084 communities. This will be accomplished through leveraging the provision of clean water towards good health, access to the Gospel of Christ, and business and local job creation. One critical mechanism for community transformation is the implementation of water purification plants at strategic locations, as well as delivery vehicles to facilitate a distribution system where beneficial. A hub and spoke type distribution mechanism will ultimately ensure coverage across all rural parts of the island.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

The implementation of the plan to build water plants to transform the Barahona Region first will require twenty-four (24) months, and yield the benefits of a truly sustainable solution which will produce revenues organically generated within the communities. Subsequently no additional money, will be required for individual communities by donor sources in the future. Because of the generational nature of this unique model, the program does not have a practical life expectancy. Those blessed by the program will extend well beyond the initial 1,000,000 people considered in the analysis. The actual number of lives impacted will be many tens of millions as the children and future generations of residents benefit equally from this investment. Similarly, the ?cost per person reached? is difficult to accurately determine because it continually declines as each year passes and another 1,000,000 plus people gain access to a life of opportunity and hope.

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Program Services

Missionary Serving this Project

Gordon D. Graner
Ardell Graner

Project Contact

Erven Kimble
(404) 860-1292

Global Ministries Contact

Lorrie L. King
(404) 460-7561