Derbyshire- based Rotary supported charity – Aquabox – calls for donations to fund lifesaving water filters that will be sent to the Philippines to aid victims of the typhoon Rai disaster that struck on the 16th December.
Originally founded in 1992 by Rotary in Wirksworth, Aquabox, provides water filtration units and humanitarian aid to crisis zones around the world. The innovative AquaFilter technology cleans contaminated water using sub-micron filters that are impenetrable to bacteria and most viruses.
The AquaFilters are desperately needed in the Visayas and Mindanao Islands. The area has been hit with torrential rains, violent winds, landslides, and storm surges that cut off water services and contaminated reservoirs and water sources.
“The filters will enable more than 8,000 people to have clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and washing.
Power has been down in almost all areas on the Islands impacted by the disaster. Electric-powered water and sewage systems have been compromised leading to further contamination. People are collecting water that may be carrying diseases that will spread and cause further issues.
Aquabox is preparing to send a large shipment of filters to go to Southern Leyte. This is one of the most affected areas with more than half a million people estimated to be without access to clean water or sanitation.
“Each family filter costs less than £30 to assemble and has the potential to process up to half a million litres of contaminated water.
The filters will enable more than 8,000 people to have clean, safe water for drinking, cooking and washing. However, the airfreight charges will cost the charity £15,000. Due to Aquabox not receiving any government funding and relying entirely on donations.
Each family filter costs less than £30 to assemble and has the potential to process up to half a million litres of contaminated water – meaning every £10 donation could pay for more than 170,000 litres of safe water.
To support this appeal visit the JustGiving page and to find out more about Aquabox and their vital work you can visit their website.