On Saturday April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Nepal. In a country already plagued with the problems of unsafe water the earthquake has proven to make things even worse.
In response to the problem our SWIM India team has been (spending a lot of time) in Nepal distributing bottles with chlorine. This chlorine is made with the handheld SWIM Chlorine Producing Unit. (CPU).
The Chlorine produced by the handheld SWIM CPU’s is bottled and given to residents of Nepal where clean water is not readily available. Adding 5 drops of the chlorine solution to each liter of unclean water can mean the difference between health and life threatening sickness such as diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid.
SWIM is working on a partnership with a bottling company to produce thousands of bottles of chlorine for distribution throughout Nepal by partners within other organizations.
We would very much appreciate your prayers and financial support as we take on this critical task for the Nepalese people.
With our primary focus on serving those in need, our methods are as varied as the languages and cultures we encounter. Disaster relief is a perfect use of the CPU, and our goal is to make it available whenever and wherever the needs may arise. In any disaster the need for safe drinking water surpasses any other, and our units can provide a quick and ready solution in almost any situation.
Disease outbreaks and epidemics are another area in which we want to partner with those in affected areas and provide a way to disinfect not only their water, but also hospitals, clinics, and places where the disease can spread without sterile conditions. Using chlorine as a disinfectant is an excepted practice worldwide.
In any developing country, jobs are in short supply. We recognize that in some situations, the production and distribution of chlorine or disinfection products can provide people with a much needed income as well as provide a service to the community.
An example of SWIM’s humanitarian work was following the earthquake in Haiti. We sent 50 chlorine producing units with ERSLA (Emergency Response Services of Latin America) to be used in the disinfection of surgical equipment and facilities.
Another example has been the use of CPUs to fight the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.