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September 14, 2009

The Slingshot: A Future Solution for Clean Water?

Filed under: Business as Mission,Water,West Africa — Tags: , , — TimMc @ 3:07 pm

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Most people know of Dean Kamen as the inventor of the Segway. However, he has been involved in the creation of many great medical devices and other useful items. Now, he’s working on a machine that will purify water.

Here are some excerpts from a recent article found on CNN’s website:

If you listen to inventor Dean Kamen, the biggest health problem facing the world today is not AIDS, obesity or malnutrition. It’s a shortage of water.

Water is the most abundant resource on the planet, yet less than one percent of the Earth’s freshwater supply is readily available to drink, according to the World Health Organization. Lack of accessible or clean drinking water, exacerbated by drought, is crippling communities in many developing countries.

The Slingshot boils, distills and vaporizes the polluted source, in turn delivering nothing but clean water to the other side. And it does it all on less electricity than it takes to run a hair dryer.

“The biggest challenge right now between this being a dream and a reality is getting committed people that really care about the state of the world’s health to get involved,” Kamen says.

The world’s population is quickly approaching 7 billion, making access to clean water that much more important. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, more than 3.5 million people die every year from water-related diseases and almost 900 million don’t have access to a safe water supply.

He says one Slingshot machine can supply about 250 gallons of water a day, which is enough for 100 people.

While it doesn’t look as if the Slingshot will be available in effective quantities in the very near future, it is an exciting technology that certainly should be monitored.

If you are interested in helping to solve the drinking water crisis that is so prevalent in West Africa, we would encourage you to give us a call at 888-771-8717 or email us. One of the primary focuses of our upcoming journey is to provide the means and methods necessary to provide clean drinking water to people who currently do not have access to it throughout West Africa.

May 20, 2009

Thirsty?

Filed under: Business as Mission,Prayer Requests,Water — admin @ 3:31 am

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“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (NIV)

Clean water is an all too precious commodity that is taken for granted here in the United States. Think about it…long showers, sprinkler systems, car washes, half full bottles of water sitting on our desks and in our cars. We really don’t value clean water…we just expect it to always be there when we want it.

But, it’s a different story in many of the destinations on that are part of the journey for Purposeful Africa. Less than half of all West African residents have access to clean water. This lack of clean, safe water in West Africa contributes to high infant mortality rates, low per capita income and other quality-of-life indicators, landing many countries in the region on lists of the worst places to live. Millions of West Africans are afflicted with water-related diseases, including guinea worm, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis — known as river blindness, and trachoma.

One facet of our journey to West Africa is to expose why it is so essential for people there to have access to clean water. Clean water affects every other aspect of ministry in this portion of the world. Please pray with us that Purposeful Africa, other ministries who are joining us on this journey, and people like you who will be going with us, will be open to providing the tools and finances needed to give people in West Africa access to clean water.