Friday, September 18, 2015

Two Worlds Apart - Same Mission

Living in San Diego, California I find myself in the middle of three time zones. The Fiji Islands are 5 time zones to the West, and Liberia, Africa is 7 time zones to the East. Right now it is 10pm Friday in San Diego. In Fiji it is 5pm Saturday, and in Liberia it is 5am Saturday.

Keeping track of clean water projects on opposite sides of the world is a bit of a brain teaser, but I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Liberia is the 4th poorest country in the world and the need for clean drinking water is profound. Yet, thanks to a collaborative effort being orchestrated by the non-profit "The Last Well," Liberia is on track to have clean drinking water, border to border, by 2020. 

I have the privilege of working on the water filtration part of this project. Using the Sawyer Point One filter, the most rural areas of Liberia will now be able to have a sustainable clean drinking water supply. My job on this project is to document the impact of the Sawyer filters on water-borne sickness, education, work days, and medical expense savings. I'll also be training the teams who will be installing and following up with the filters to ensure their sustainability.

The Liberia project came about as a direct result of the water filter project we have going in Fiji with Give Clean Water. Since 2008, Give Clean Water has been installing Sawyer Point One filters in the rural villages of Fiji. Give Clean Water's commitment to sustainability has been a journey where water filter installations, follow up, continuing education, and data collection have produced a world leading model of health change with Sawyer water filters.

The results of the Give Clean Water project in Fiji have opened up the door to replicate this model of sustainability in Liberia Africa. 
To be clear, Give Clean Water's project in Fiji, and The Last Well's project in Liberia Africa are two separate entities. 

The three areas I will be focusing on are: 
1. Working as a consultant for Sawyer focusing on sustainability and data analysis with water projects around the world.
2. Continuing as the Founder/Chairman of the Board for Give Clean Water.
3. Serving as the International Outreach Pastor for Newbreak Church.

My life verse reminds of what is possible with the water project around the world. "To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20) If we can think it up, God can do immeasurably more!

It's gearing up to be an exciting year ahead!