Clean Water Projects:
Rescue Task Force Clean Water Filter Project For Honduras Jungle Villages. Individual family water filters for Miskito Indian jungle villages in Honduras.
This much needed project is the distribution of individual family water filters. Clean water is the key to breaking the cycle of worm and parasitic infestations present in 100% of the villagers in the jungle areas we visit. Our RTF medical teams treat the infestations but long term remedy requires clean water.
Individual family water filters are replacing our current mechanical water pumps. Existing pumps are wearing out too soon from overuse and in some areas the water table has dropped beyond the reach of the pumps.
The filters are rated to provide for a family of four for two years. The technology is well established with a manufacturing plant in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as well as Nicaragua and Cambodia. The resident Health practitioner at our clinic in Uhsan reports 90% decrease in diarrhea since introduction of the filters in that village.
Treating worms and parasites medically is good for short term care, however long term usage often causes cirrhosis of the liver. Heart worms are very commonly water-born in less than sanitary jungle conditions.
Children under five years of age are the most vulnerable to death from water born pathogens. To most Americans diarrhea is an inconvenience. In jungle villages it can be a death sentence. The very young and the very old often die of dehydration brought from diarrhea that is caused by waterborne pathogens in unsanitary water.
This program runs in concert with our clinic facility construction projects. The water filters will be sold to villagers for about US $2.00. The cost is about $75.00 with shipping and RTF will subsidize the cost to cashless villagers whose economy is based on barter.
Rescue Task Force operates twenty-three literacy centers for women in Afghanistan: Bringing the gift of basic literacy to an entire society. In one school we have three generations of Hazara women attending classes, grandmother, daughter and grand-daughter.
A village male elder said of the schools: There is a difference between blind and healthy. The one who is illiterate is like blind, so we very like to have this school.
"I am a woman. I am not too old but I have seen many difficulties...All the members of the family work. I cut the grass for cows, cook meals, wash clothes, and prepare school supplies for my brothers and 100s of jobs like this...My life is completely repeated over everyday till this moment. The day which I hear in my village has started literacy center . . . is the best day of my life. I hurried and told my name to the teacher and take a book and look at the pictures of the book from the first till the end. I requested from God to help me to read the letters of the book."
Speech by 18 year old, Ghazni Province
RTF has graduated over 7,000 ladies from our centers with 2,000 of those graduates going on to higher learning and becoming nurses, teachers and workforce professionals.
Rescue Task Force is a 9-1-1 responder to global man-made and natural disasters – usually responding within hours of a disaster striking. Upon arriving into a disaster area the initial response team does local purchasing and convoys relief supplies into hazardous zones.
The teams provide immediate assistance and conduct a comprehensive needs-assessment. RTF teams coordinate the receipt and distribution of bulk relief supplies that will be following behind them.
Working with local service providers and governments, RTF provides ongoing relief to communities that have been identified and determined to be in the most need. RTF teams typically work in remote, difficult to access isolated villages and hamlets that are overlooked by conventional relief providers.
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