We know that waterborne illness can be prevented with sustainable solutions by empowering ordinary people to provide safe, reliable drinking water. House of Joy is committed to meeting the basic need of pure water by installing water purification systems, as the need is identified, through our international community development projects as well as crisis response for local community disasters or individual hardships.
Volunteers in HOJ are equipped to teach people to build, operate, and maintain a simplified water purification system that can be assembled anywhere and be operational within hours. In the process relationships are built, community ownership and self-sufficiency is developed, and education in health and personal hygiene is given for the receiving community. This approach results in long-term, sustainable improvements for the community’s overall health and well-being, not just in the provision of drinking water. Our partners can also bring other solutions for clean water through clarifying systems that can remove debris and carcinogens as well as simple individual filtering systems for short term use.
Water Purification Training
House of Joy offers water purification, sanitation and hygiene training to interested volunteers as well as anyone who may want to be prepared on a personal level for times of crisis or disaster. Demonstration and discussion includes how to:
Work with international communities on drinking water projects
Test water for the presence of water-borne pathogens
Assemble and use a simple water purifier to kill water-borne pathogens and parasites
Configure, operate and maintain a mini water treatment system (all hands-on work)
Develop a checklist of tools/parts needed
Teach lessons in sanitation and hygiene that are vital to reducing the incidents of diarrheal diseases
Assemble simple sanitation devices using easily accessible parts
Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water related illness
780 Million People
lack access to clean water
More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water