BIG ISLAND WATER

THE WATERBEARERS AND WAVES FOR WATER HEAD TO THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII, TO DELIVER CLEAN WATER SOLUTIONS FOR WORLD WATER DAY (MAR 22)

As part of a humanitarian effort for the upcoming UN sanctioned World Water Day (March 22), The Waterbearers and partner Waves For Water, will provide water filters and sustainability training to those looking for a simple economic solution to keep their drinking water safe (in Hawaii). Filters being donated are part of The Waterbearers fundraising efforts. Each $50 donation can provide clean water to 100 people a day, and can last a decade. Waves For Water currently distributes the clean water systems using the Sawyer Point One Filter, including sustainability training in 40 countries.

There is something very basic and fundamental about people from all over the world who decide to cut ties with the mainland, or their mother country, and relocate to rural areas like the Big Island of Hawaii.

They chose to start over and live a sustainable and simple life to provide for their families. Many live off the grid. This is not a selfless act, but one of love for the Planet and Mother Earth.

While some will view this as going “backwards” – many of these people are forward thinkers, who make their own decisions in a utopian society.

A utopia (/juːˈtoʊpiə/) is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities. The word was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean.

EVERYONE NEEDS CLEAN WATER, EVEN IN AMERICA!

According to one resident Andrea Lee Peace, “much of South Hawaii presently does not have access to county water lines. Even where municipal water lines are accessible … it can be difficult and expensive to run a water line to hook up to a meter at a distribution point. Most people must rely on a catchment system to collect water. There are very few wells in the region, and only dug at great expense through the solid lava. Permanent streams are not found in this area. That leaves catching rain and/or hauling water via trucks or containers the only option.”

Note: The state considers the use of catchment water to be a personal responsibility, and it does NOT consider containment water to be potable (drinkable).

Add to that the arrival of the Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantenosis), a parasite carried from SE Asia to Hawaii by rats as a host, and transferred to slugs and snails, and it is a recipe for disaster. Humans pick up the parasite by ingesting slugs, slug slime, contaminated fruits and vegetables, uncooked food and Water. Cases of eosinophilia meningitis have risen sharply in Hawaii over the past 5 years, and studies show that 75% of slugs collected on the Big Island are infected with the parasite.

The Waterbearers

The Waterbearers is a movement who inspire women who have clean water, to get it to those who do not. Waterbearer members are currently running a 30-day fundraising campaign to Help One Million People Get Access To Clean Water by World Water Day www.thewaterbearers.org with 100% of proceeds going to Waves For Water a 501(c)(3).

With the incredible need for clean water around the world, we decided to bring it back home this World Water Day, delivering clean water solutions to anyone in need in the United States.

 

In One Minute, Your World Can Change;

IN ONE MINUTE, YOUR WORLD CAN CHANGE; AND IN THAT MOMENT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

On April 16, 2016 residents in the coastal communities of Ecuador had no warning when “The Big One” violently shook their world for 60 seconds during the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake – the deadliest to hit the nation since March 1987 – claimed 670 lives, and left almost 30,000 people in shelters or living in make-shift tent cities on the side of the road and in nearby parks.

Three days after the quake, The Waterbearers — an organization that is inspiring women who have access to clean water, to get it to those who don’t – responded to the crisis by implementing an immediate water delivery and volunteer training program, in tandem with the world-class Ecuadorian chocolatier, Pacari.

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“Ecuador is my adopted country,” says British-born Waterbearers Co-Founder Jane Brinton. “And, when the Earthquake hit, I recognized the urgency in my own backyard. I had been helping to create The Waterbearers organization for several months and we had 50 water filters already donated on hand. I realized I had an immediate way to help my Ecuadorian neighbors, and to start the circle of giving – to be a Waterbearer, and to reach out to those in need with the tangible and life-giving gift of water.” This effort provided the first clean water filter systems to communities near the epicenter and helped 5,000 people gain access to clean water.

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When disasters, such as earthquakes occur, they are followed by what experts call “A 2-week window of empathy,” – a time when people anxious to help, donate to disaster relief agencies around the world. While these outpourings are incredibly important, they are just the beginning. And, for many communities, left in the wake of such disasters, a welcome gesture, but not a sustaining solution.

Tragedies like earthquakes are not single incidents. They trigger an ongoing, myriad of emotional, psychological, and physical reactions that can impact individuals, families and communities for years to come. And, during these times, the needs often grow way beyond what people initially believe will be necessary.

In Ecuador alone, more than 2,173 aftershocks have occurred since the initial quake and the continued seismic activity has caused more damage and injuries, creating additional trauma to the people in the impacted areas.

In an effort to answer those ongoing demands, The Waterbearers have been spearheading efforts to provide continuing aid, and with help from donors and their partner, Waves For Water, almost 3,000 water filters have been couriered to communities within Ecuador – with the capacity of providing clean water to 300,000 people.

And, the work goes on.

The Waterbearers have also provided much needed water filters to indigenous tribes including the Yasuni Kichwa and the Shuar in the Amazon, and to the Cañari in the Andes, returning many times to assess the progress, and to re-train when necessary.

For more information on how to donate or to journey with The Waterbearers on a distribution trip, please contact The Waterbearers at: info@thewaterbearers.org

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ABOUT THE WATERBEARERS

The Waterbearers is a movement started by two women, Spryte Loriano and Jane Brinton, who both share a passion for seeing everyone on the planet having access to clean water. It was birthed in October 2015, when one evening during a conversation, they both said “The Waterbearers” simultaneously, as if they had instantly been made stewards of women and water. Coincidently, the very next night, Spryte was nearing the end of a good read The Serpent of Light: The Rise of the Feminine: 2012 and Beyond and discovered that the Waitaha people of New Zealand, a Matriarchal culture dating back over 4000 years, were known as the original “Water Bearers.” The phrase jumped out at her as an omen, and there began a journey that would weave together the old, the new, and the magic of intentional service into this movement – #For the love of water! 

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