Imagine yourself in one of the biggest calamities the world has ever faced.  Imagine a storm of such great breadth that it literally wipes off towns and cities off the face of the world.  Imagine the howling 314 kph winds battering the walls of your house and the windows of your house flap like wings of a bird caught in a trap.  What used to be your fence posts are now projectiles that threaten your lives.  You cling to your family, not knowing if you will live through the night.

Somehow, some way, you and your family survive.  The storm has passed and you get out of your house which was nearly swept away into the sea.  You are glad to be alive.

However, you find yourself with a problem.  You and your family have not drank any water.  Your throat is parched but you see your son wailing, a keening sound that hurts your ears, not because of the nature of the sound but it is because it is the sound of thirst – it is the concept of thirst translated into human ears.

This is what happened to a small town called Salcedo in Eastern Samar.  The whole town was literally wiped off the face of the planet by Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the most powerful storm to visit the Philippines in over a century.   Without drinking water, the town faced a slow and creeping death in the form of thirst.

The story however does not end in tragedy.  Donations and relief efforts started coming in but one critical effort came in the form of the Exempli Gratia Foundation’s Project Aquarius.  Project Aquarius transferred portable water treatment and filtration units to various communities in Eastern Samar and Bohol.  This was project was done in coordination with the Amihan Global Strategies (AGSX) and the Tsukuba International Catholic Church in Japan.

In any disaster, access to potable water is probably the most important concern a volunteer organization must be able to provide.  Water is life and by providing water to the worst affected areas, the maximum effect of saving lives is amplified.

Interested in helping communities via Project Aquarius?  Join us now and see how you can help save lives.

Read: The Aquarius Project

Andrei Carada is a writer, blogger and dreamer.  He dreams of a new future for the Philippines.


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