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;
Mission: Our mission is to serve God by providing safe, life-giving water to people in need.
The vision of Fountains of Hope is to empower and equip the body of Christ to provide life-sustaining water for all of God’s children. We will expand this vision by continuing to build relationships with churches, other like-minded ministries and organizations.
Results: Fountains of Hope has installed over 50 water purifier systems in Haiti helping those most affected by the Jan. 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreaks. We installed 15 purifier systems in Kenya helping during the post-election violence, in HIV/AIDs orphanges and the IDP camps near the Somalian border. Two wells were installed in Haiti and five wells installed in Zimbabwe. We hosted our first health and hygiene conference this summer and will be training people in future events.
Target demographics: Our targeted demographics are helping widows and orphans and those afflicted by disasters around the world. We are primarily working in Haiti to help eliminate the cholera outbreaks that are still heavily impacting the country (in spite of it not being on the US news!)
Direct beneficiaries per year: We have had over 20 water purifier systems installed in Haiti this year and 5 systems installed in Kenya. Other organizations use our system and are installing them in other countries.
Geographic areas served: Haiti, Africa, India, South America, Central America, Asia.
Programs: FoH is committed to the installation, integration and teaching of safe water solutions for the poorest and most marginalized via water purification, well drilling and health and hygiene education.
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.