Friday, May 26, 2017

#WATWB - Clean Drinking Water

This is my first post for the We Are The World Blogfest, which occurs on the last Friday of every month.

I chose a story I wrote about a man providing clean drinking water to thousands in coastal Ecuador.

A few weeks after the April 16, 2016 7.8 Ecuador earthquake, Tennessee pastor Gary Vance arrived in Puerto Lopez. He had a suitcase full of water filters and a plan - provide clean drinking water for those who needed it.
Installed water filter post-earthquake, Ecuador
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Gary has made six trips to Ecuador since the earthquake, spent 88 days in country, delivered 1000 filters, and documented over 5000 people who have gained filtered water.

Update since the original story
Gary is now Ecuador on his seventh trip since the earthquake. This time, he brought two scientists from the University of North Alabama. They are testing water for any dangerous compounds to ensure that the installed filters are working as expected.
Dr. Amanda Coffman and her husband Derrick in Ecuador testing water
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance
Gary is proof that one man can make a huge difference in people's lives!  I encourage you to visit his Tears2Water charity to learn more. Like Tears2Water on Facebook for real-time updates and additional photos.

 

21 comments:

  1. Fantastic story! One person can make a huge difference as proven by Pastor Vance. Thanks so much for sharing! #WATWB
    Belinda Witzenhausen~Writer, Creativity Coach & Artist

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    1. They sure can, Belinda! Thanks very much for stopping by.

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  2. Brilliant to see such generosity of spirit at work.

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  3. I think that what Pastor Vance did and continues to do is very cool. Thanks so much for sharing and for being a member of #WATWB

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I am so impressed with what he has done and am happy to have joined #WATWB.

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  4. Gary Vance is doing an amazing job!
    I believe we can all do something to make a difference, no matter how small. Every bit counts.
    It boils down to ordinary human beings doing extraordinary things...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Yes it does, Michelle. Nicely summarized.

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  5. What a great story, and a perfect sharing for WATWB - I'm so glad you're participating!

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  6. This is a great reminder of the power of one. One man can bring a change. One by one we can all make a change. Thanks for sharing this and for visiting my blog :)

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    1. In case you're wondering who I am (I don't know why blogspot won't let me enter my WP site) this is Pradita Kapahi from the Pradita Chronicles at Wordpress :)

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    2. Thanks for clarifying, Pradita. Yes, we can all bring change, one by one.

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  7. Thanks for taking part Emily! Your story of one man's power to bring clean water to a devastated area is the sort of story we need to hear more of. And be reminded that such 'goodness' is possible, from each and every one of us, in whatever way ... thank you.

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  8. Hi Emily - this is a great story ... Gary is obviously very committed to the cause - and yes water is essential for us all - so it is wonderful to see the help he is giving Ecuadorians who need clean water. Thanks Emily for sharing this ... Tears2Water - an excellent charitable organisation ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, Gary is committed to this cause. Such an inspiration.

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  9. Ah, now that is sharing real, life-giving water. Thanks for sharing and being in our blogfest Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

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  10. Water is a precious resource and more power to those who make it available to those who have limited access to it.

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