I have been with Fountains of Hope to install purification systems in Haiti and Nepal after their earthquakes. This being said, FoH is known for more than just leaving purifiers at sites and leaving. Each site is chosen to be central to a large group of people in need; such as a hospital, orphanage, school, or church. Their purifiers use a tablespoon of salt to separate the molecules Sodium from Chloride using electrolysis. The chlorine can be used to purify large amounts of water at once, depending on the need of the community. In both of my trips, fifty-gallon tanks are used to maximize the amount of water available, and the purifier itself is very lightweight and mobile in order to cleanse multiple tanks at once. After installation of these tanks, leaders in the community or facility where the purifier is installed are trained extensively on knowledge to operate and maintain the devices in order to give them self-sufficiency and autonomy until the next time FoH can visit the country.Volunteers themselves are encouraged to bring in and implement their own knowledge and skill sets in order to give more to those who have been impacted by disaster or poverty. While I've been on these two trips, I have had the opportunity (as an EMT who has studied physical medicine and mental health all my life) to give Health and Hygiene presentations to the people of Haiti and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder identification and treatment training to the people of Nepal immediately following their earthquake. FoH has used their reach to touch thousands of lives already and makes the experience personal for everyone involved.
I live in Haiti and have for 8 years. This is the second time I have had the chance to partner with FOH. The first was last year when they came up north to our mission and put in a water filtration system for the mission I work for to provide clean water to our facility. He also brought an OT Professor from ISU and a ST to serve alongside me for the week. It was a blessing to my therapy ministry to have them work alongside me.
This past week I helped Bill lead a group of ISU occupational therapy students on a service break trip in Port Au Prince, Haiti to help provide therapy to disabled children in 2 orphanages. They did evaluations and wrote educational and therapy plans for 1 orphanage that is opening a special education school and fixed/built equipment for positioning at another orphanage. FOH allowed the group to commute between the orphanages, as well as explore the culture and community in Haiti. FOH helped with all the logistics of travel. It was a great week and the team made a sustainable difference at both orphanages. While we worked in therapy world Bill the founder helped build tables and shelves for the special needs school and put in a water filtration system at a church.
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as a Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader, I had the privilege to partner with Fountains of Hope, Bill Farrar and his team, in serving the displaced. One of the most crucial on-going physical needs of the people we encountered was for clean, safe water. FOH offered well-concieved, consistently-executed solutions to the need, with flexibility for each installation site. Bill's team was driven, in it's focus to provide workable, cost-effective solutions even in the most trying of circumstances -- when much of the infrastructure was in ruins and the social structure fractured. His experience in crisis situations allowed Bill to plan which items to hand-carry into the country, which items to ship ahead, if possible, and which items to purchase locally (supporting the local economy.) I was thoroughly impressed with their methods, professional drive and determination, but even more with Bill's personal desire to connect with the people, include them in the process, train them in the operation and maintenance of THEIR system and the personal follow-up he makes with each installation. Fountains of Hope lives up to it's name and mission. They are truly an example of effective humanitarian assistance, as it should be done.
As a person who has worked with International ministries around the globe, my experience working with Fountains of Hope and seeing their work to impact so many is commendable. This ministry is benefiting generations by bringing the Lords living water to so many around the globe. The leadership taking teams to participate in bringing water is also changing those in our own nation. I highly recommend Fountains of Hope as an organization with great leadership who deliver life changing solutions to those around the world.