Success Stories: MEDICAL
From MAP International:
"We are seeing a 75% decrease in sickness especially water-borne disease such as parasite infections." - Geovanny Santamaria, MAP Ecuador
"The Pure Water project in Ecuador began when the MAP Ecuador team chose 50 families (300 people) for filter
distribution, including an indigenous Amazonian group, called the Tsa'chilla.
In those 50 families, the most common diseases, frequent diarrhea, fever and stomachache ocurred 4 times per
month before implementing the filters. Now the frequency of the diseases is 1 time per month. This represents a savings
of $30-$40 dollars per month in treatments and visits to the doctor. The time saved
now is destined for productive activities and to act on other problems in the family.
"The water consumption also has improved. Formerly, a maximum of 3 liters of water per day was
consumed, now the quantity has increased to 7 liters per day. The adults also feel that has
improved their health, because the diseases related to the low consumption of water like muscular
pains, problems in kidneys, headache, etc., have diminished considerably. The children under 1 year
old are most benefitted because the quantity and quality of milk has improved in mothers."
"Before having our water filter, my kids often had diarrhea and had to spend a lot of time at clinics or the hospital because of stomach problems. But now with the water filter, we have the option of filtering our water and giving uncontaminated water to our kids. We no longer have to worry about their health." - Tania, mother, Toachi Community
"People in Ethiopia and around Africa from larger organizations than ours heard about what we were doing and sent their representatives hundreds of miles to come see our water presentations in these remote villages and they were also amazed." -Dr. Jana Turns
From Doctors Giving Back:
"The filters were nothing short of AMAZING... we took all of the filters that we purchased from you in February and traveled out to the most remote villages in Western Ethiopia... and I mean remote. These are villages where the women and children walk miles 2 to 3 times per day to get water from streams and rivers and bring back to cook with, bathe in, play in and worst of all DRINK!! As I think I mentioned to you before, these poor destitute people suffer from horrible diseases such as Typhoid, Cholera, Malaria, Intestinal Parasites and TB, and 85 percent of these diseases are caused by this terrible dirty water that they drink!!
We were able to set up "water stations" and supply 15 remote hut villages, each with 2500 people, with CLEAN DISEASE-FREE WATER! It was beyond incredible! Still brings goose bumps to my skin and tears to my eyes.
While we were there we also supplied water filters for some of the top Ethiopian government officials personal use as their families do not have clean water to drink either. They had never heard of such a filter and were thrilled to be introduced to Sawyer through Doctors Giving Back. These are groups that continue to try to clean the water with wells, pumps, generators and solar options, which we have also tried only to find that they just don't solve the huge problem!"