After a few minutes of prepping, we went into the Ministry of Health conference room and was met by the law representative and the media specialist. It was all sort of surreal as we sat around the large conference table. As the Memorandum of Understanding was unveiled, I got quite excited to see the document. Within a few moments, the Fiji Minister of Health entered the room. He is a very nice man and a great leader for Fiji. He asked some questions about the water filter we use, and then we began to sign the Memorandum of Understanding document. We signed 3 copies and then had a cool photo session.
After the signing I presented the Minister, the Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and some of their staff with their own water filters thanks to a kind donation from Sawyer Products. (Sawyer rocks!)
Following the signing, I spent some time with the Deputy Secretary, discussing logistics on how we'd install filters and do follow ups if we were to receive a million dollars or more. I am super excited that the infrastructure is already in place for us to accommodate this kind of donation! The Fiji Health Ministry has a pretty robust infrastructure. Now all I need to do is find that donor! "To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine"...Ephesians 3:20!
After our time in Suva, we drove 4 hours to the other side of the island to the town of Lautoka where we met with the Western Division Health Inspector and talked about all the Typhoid hotspots that exist right now. He mentioned how great it was that there has never been any more Typhoid outbreaks in any villages in which Give Clean Water has installed water filters! I am very moved by that fact and know we are making a great difference in Fiji!
Tomorrow, we're off to visit two villages where our October team will be installing filters. I will meet the head man and health workers, and take some photos of the villages in preparation for the October projects. After that, I'll be off to catch my flight home.