This is a note I received from one of our partners, Larry Truitt. It’s a great story so I wanted to share it with all of you as we impact the world, families, and individuals through access to clean water.
Back in 1971, I was pastoring a mission church at Ft. Washakie, Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The well water had a high content of alkaline and was not safe to drink. We hauled water from a community well three miles away. That was my first encounter with bad drinking water. When we moved back to Indiana I understood the importance of clean drinking water and became an advocate for clean water.
In 2010, I traveled to Belize with my oldest son. He travels all over the world doing building automation and has worked in over forty-five different countries. While in Belize we could not drink the water from the cisterns because of the various types of bacteria and parasites. When I came home from that trip, I started looking for some type of water filter system that would give people in countries where clean water is a problem, safe drinking water. After doing some research I decided that the Sawyer mini water filter was the best choice.
In 2017, a young couple came to our church and presented their mission work in Peru. One of the issues they were faced with was the lack of clean water. I felt that it was important to offer them a solution that would give them clean water. I contacted Business Connect and purchased 25 water filters and sent them to the mission in Peru. The water filters not only gave an entire village access to clean water but opened the door to several other villages. I started this project because I understand what it is like not to have clean safe water.
This project has become a community outreach program to raise money for water filters for the Peru mission project. At the Thorntown Festival of the Turning Leaves on September 28th this year local bluegrass musicians will provide entertainment, and the Sugar Plain Friends Church will provide food and all the proceeds will go to the purchase of water filters for the Peru mission project. It is our goal to raise enough money to purchase 100 water filters and buckets to be used in the Peru project. This will bring the total number of water filters sent to Peru to 215. That is 215 families that will have access to clean drinking water. Below is a picture of the last 40 filters sent.
When Business Connect exhibited at the Star-TIDES Annual Technology Demonstration in Washington, D.C. last month, we found ourselves surrounded by businesses and organizations who were there for the same purpose – Sharing To Accelerate Research and Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support – which just so happens to be their acronym. A research effort that promotes sustainable support to stressed populations – post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished, Star-TIDES uses public-private partnerships and “whole-of-government” approaches to encourage unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of command, and facilitates both inter-agency and international engagement.
Needless to say, we found ourselves in like company with businesses promoting sustainable innovations and solutions to help the developing world while we displayed some of the most affordable inventions for those living in extreme poverty situations. Our Vice President of Business Development, Jereme Lambert, met the folks from Emerald Planet who inquired about our business model and solutions to help bring an end to global poverty and soon our CEO and Founder, Lou Haveman, was featured as a guest this past Sunday on the Emerald Planet show.
We are humbled to play our part in making a difference in the world together; bringing clean resources to those who need them the most. We hope you enjoy this video and learn more about how inter-agency partnerships are changing the way we do business. #CreatingHopeThroughBusiness
Last week I walked 86 miles in the Upper Peninsula of the great state of Michigan. It was a great walk for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which was the assurance that I had access to a great water filter. On more than one occasion I crawled through the grass and bent down over the rocks to dip my Sawyer water bottle into the bubbling cool giardia contaminated water and enjoyed a wonderful cool drink. Should I not have dipped my Sawyer bottle filter into the local forest stream, I still could have walked out a bit dehydrated, maybe even light headed, but not sick.
In another part of the world it is a different story.
Today, I received an email from one of my International Sales Representatives, Rudy Shaffer. He showed me pictures of flooding that has contaminated most of the water drinking sources in the Chin Province of Burma. There has been flooding and water in abundance, dark brown, guaranteeing sickness, diarrhea, and even death for the young.
I cannot do a thing without a partner, without resources to bring filters to local partners on the ground. There is no international media to bring this to our attention and it is so far away. We can ignore it…if we dare. If you are touched by his words and want to bring a word of hope, then send a tax deductible gift to Partners Worldwide (Attention Business Connect) for Worldwide Clean and Safe Water, 6139 Tahoe, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Every $100 will provide clean and safe water for 20 people for two years and perhaps longer. We will send you a picture and report of what your gift did for a family in need. See below for more details.
”Our Burma team coordinator just brought to my attention that there is a very dire situation in Chin State, Burma right now. There is much flooding causing deaths due to mud slides and many communities are cut off with no access to food or clean water. With a forecast of continual rain this situation is not expected to get better soon. We are considering how to send relief for this situation. With flooding most all of the water sources are contaminated and the crops are destroyed which means a shortage of food for next year also. From what I have seen the Sawyer filters would be perfect for disaster situations like this and if we are able to find a way to send relief it would be great to distribute them also.
Here is a video of the area of Kalaymyo, Myanmar where we have feet on the ground which sent some of the pictures. Please let me know if you are able or interested in sending filters to provide relief to victims of this disaster.
As our travels take us to Africa and South America this month, we are excited to provide more opportunities for women to become small business owners distributing “green” products that will help their communities become healthier.
In developing countries, women are true teachers to children but are also drivers of the global economy. Many women show a great capacity for relationship building, but also have the ability to gain more technical and systematic skills through exposure.
“You educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
With access to clean water, light and power, families can take steps to improve their family’s health within their budget. If you know someone in the developing world who would like to start their own small business bringing clean resources to their community, send us a note or contact us.
Have you seen our newest product? Order one for your emergency preparedness kit or stash in your backpack for that next hike!
• It’s Simple To Use and Saves Time: Use any water source and drink safely.
• Cost Efficient: One system provides clean water for pennies a day over its lifetime.
• Saves Health: Stop stomach ache or diarrhea; nutrition value of food increases 40%.
Business Connect Helps National Volunteer Outreach Network Provide Clean Water Around the World
According to the United Nations and UN Water, the inter-agency responsible for water-related issues, every day 4,500 children under the age of 5 die around the world, having fallen sick because of unclean water and sanitation. Five times as many children die each year of diarrhea than of HIV/AIDS. One third of the world’s population is enduring some form of water scarcity and one in every six human beings has no access to clean water within a kilometer of their homes.
Business Connect believes water is critical for life and for livelihoods. Billions of people suffer from disease, poverty, and a lack of dignity and opportunity because they have no access to this basic resource. With our mission to create hope through business, we educate and support an international distributor network marketing green products in 34 countries. We also provide many nonprofits like the National Volunteer Outreach Network (NVON) with the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient portable water filter on the market today.
NVON created a three year international project to present an overview of how water is an essential resource and fundamental building block of life. They also presented an awareness of problems that could arise when clean water is lacking in communities, and how they can help those in need around the world. Since the United Nations declared 2005 -2015 as the “Water for Life‟ decade with a goal to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015; NVON stepped forward to support these efforts and to get clean “Water Around The World” by distributing the The PointONE Filter designed by Sawyer Products, Inc. The PointONE Filter system uses technology developed for kidney dialysis and is the first portable purification device to remove bacteria mechanically while exceeding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) recommendations.
NVON is a member organization working together to promote communication, education and volunteerism for all people. A 501(c)3 organization since 2005, member states are encouraged to participate by raising funds to purchase filters through a myriad of suggested ways, i.e. bake sales, yard sales, fund drives, bottle and can collection, etc. There was no act too small. As of June 30, 2015, $45,162.56 has been contributed to purchase water filters.
NVON has impacted lives worldwide — one filter at a time — in such places as Haiti, Zimbabwe, Northern Mozambique, Thailand, Sierra Leone and, most recently, Nepal following the earthquake. We are proud to play a small part in this very large act of kindness .created by the acts of many volunteers. For more information or to get involved, join us today.
Who are we?
Business Connect is a social enterprise (L3C) committed to providing citizens living in developing countries with affordable and easy access to essential resources, such as water and light.