As We Fight COVID-19 In America, Let's Not Neglect Our Neighbors In Underdeveloped Countries
Since 2006 we at Everlast Epoxy have been providing healthy and easy to clean commercial flooring which has improved the public safety and the hygiene of schools, healthcare facilities, restaurants and commercial kitchens, and public restrooms all over the United States and Canada. Here in America we are dealing with the effects of the spread of fear and are burdened with the duty to practice social distancing for the love of our parents and grandparents who are most at risk with this disease.
But did you know that there are 24 countries where more than ½ of the population live in homes which lack basic handwashing facilities with soap and water? The world health organization tells us that 43 percent of healthcare facilities in the world have no place for people to wash their hands – 896 million people who visit will find no clean water and 1.5 billion will find no safe sanitation.
How Everlast Epoxy plans to help
So we decided to do something to help those in these countries who are less fortunate to have the same access to clean water and healthy public facilities that we have here. For every 1000 square feet of Everlast Floor that we sell in the next 3 months, between now and the end of June, we will donate $50 to Living Waters International.
Living Waters International
Living Waters International is a non-profit organization that has been helping communities gain first-time access to safe water for 25 years. They have sanitation and hygiene programs designed to empower communities as they learn to prevent disease and keep water safe. Living Water also helps communities restore existing wells that have fallen into disrepair.
As an example, in the community of La Posta, Peru, the local health clinic’s lack of access to safe water was making patients even sicker. The staff at the La Posta Health Clinic longed for their clinic to be a place of healing. Yet the water crisis made medical care difficult to provide and receive. The clinic only had access to one hand-dug well.
Though the nurses and doctors had done their best to protect the water within it, the open nature of the well made that task impossible. This left the water contaminated. Those who drank from the well often contracted typhoid, dysentery, and diarrhea. It was also filled with parasites and worms. Mosquitoes nested in the well, spreading malaria. The clinic knew that the water within the well was a health hazard, yet they had no choice but to continue using it.
The nurses had to boil all of the well water to use the source for medical purposes. This was expensive, and the process also hindered the clinic’s ability to provide timely care to their patients. This was especially dangerous during emergency situations, when the ability to quickly clean wounds and sterilize equipment could mean the difference between life and death.
The health workers hated that their efforts to heal were hindered by the water crisis. They could no longer bear to watch their patients suffer or to see patients’ visitors contract waterborne diseases from the water. When they heard about the work Living Water International was doing in Peru, they reached out for help.
Thanks to friends like you, Living Water Peru soon constructed a new well for the clinic. Once it was complete, the clinic staff and the community members rejoiced. They had defeated the water crisis and loosened its hold on their health.
The Living Water staff then held a sanitation and hygiene training for the surrounding community to help the residents understand how to use the new well to improve their health.
In the last 25 years, they have completed 21,165 water projects, here is a map that shows some of the places they have provided clean water and empowered local teams to educate the community on basic hygiene and handwashing skills. I just got off the phone with them and learned that even right now they have teams in 18 different countries helping people gain access to clean water, and educating them on the hygiene techniques that will help stop the spread of this disease.
For every 1000 square feet of Everlast Floor that we sell to improve the public health here in America, we will donate $50 to Living Waters International to help improve the health of our neighbors in an underdeveloped country.
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