July 23, 2012
-- Shoeman Water Projects collects new and used shoes to help provide clean water to Kenya, Haiti, and South America. They have added a new service to help bring clean water to the world – Shoeman Water Training. Through Shoeman Water Training, individuals and organizations planning charitable or mission trips can receive specialized training to install water purification systems as part of their trip.
Every day, thousands of people around the world die because of preventable water-borne diseases. These diseases that cause severe diarrhea, such as e.coli, cholera, and typhoid, are especially deadly. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from diarrhea. This amounts to approximately 4,100 deaths a day according to water.org. Shoeman Water Training helps provide a simple, affordable and sustainable solution for communities in need of clean water.
The two-day program consists of classroom and hands-on instruction on providing safe drinking water and educating communities about health and hygiene. The training focuses on the areas of partnership, water testing, and purification along with point-of-use filtration, community health assessment, waterborne disease, and prevention. Training began in July with the next class on October 12 - 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The training cost is $200 per person and the water purification system is $1,500, which is tax deductible. Alternatively, trainees can coordinate a shoe drive to cover the costs. A donation of 5,000 pairs shoes covers the cost for one water purification system and training for two people.
Recently, this program was put to the test in Haiti. Two individuals, Tim Peterka and Jim Shelton, teamed up with Tufts University Medical School in Milot, Haiti, and visited Hospital Sacred Heart. During their visit they performed a water survey, installed a water purifier, conducted a demonstration for local hospital staff, and reviewed placement for future purifiers. In addition to water review, they visited other local hospitals and schools, donated art supplies and toured local factories.
“The people who have participated in water training are wonderful ambassadors. Their help is invaluable and we look for more individuals and organizations to help spread our vision of fresh drinking water for everyone,” said George Hutchings, the Shoeman and Founder of Shoeman Water Projects.
To learn more about Shoeman Water Projects, visit http://www.shoemanwater.org