January 19, 2013
We at THM are glad to inform our partners, well wishers and the rest of the word that a two man delegation has left for Zambia in one of the copperbelt towns called Ndola. Dan Kaphamtengo, our water and Sanitation officer, and and Kenny Mboma the Enviromental and Agriculture Officer, will be attending an Africa Biosand Water Filters Inmplementers Network meeting at the Seeds of Hope International Partnership - SHIP trainining Centre called AFMAC. This is a very important meeting to THM as it will not just expose us to the BSF implementers, but also gain additional knowledge on how we continue to serve our community with health and clean water which is a real expression of love to God's Highest creation -- man. Remember it is one thing to have water and another to have health and clean water. Pray for us as we endeavor to produce and install biosand water filters to those that are walking kilometers for water and yet not fit for human beings.
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him."
Finding ways to improve the quality of drinking water in the rural villages of Malawi is a focal point of Timothy Harvest Ministries.
Two years ago, with the help of White Stone Community Church, the HydrAid bio-sand water filter was identified as a method of water purification that will work well in this part of the world. A single water filter was taken to Malawi by a group from White Stone, demonstrated and put into service purifying water from a small lake. Test results from a government lab were very encouraging. A request was made for more filters to establish a pilot project.
A pallet of 15 filters (and the necessary sand and gravel) was sent to Malawi in December of 2010. Based on need and after receiving training, 14 families in 14 different villages were given (and are using) bio-sand water filters. The results have been phenomenal and THM is now receiving many, many requests for filters. One filter was retained for training purposes because THM is now hosting workshops to teach Malawians the importance of sanitation and clean water.
An approved source of sand and gravel has been found in Malawi. This is a major break though because without sand and gravel 50 HydrAid plastic tubs can be placed on a pallet instead of just 15. The cost of a 50-tub pallet is $1,700—plus shipping.
Two 50-tub pallets arrive in Malawi in July. The distribution of these much needs water filters is the next step for this initiative.
THM hopes to start making concrete filters yet this year, which will be virtually theft-proof. However, there will always be a need for plastic filters because they are much easier to transport to the more remote parts of Malawi.
THM has established a goal to provide clean water from bio-sand filters to 90,000 people living in the Nkhotakota region of Malawi by 2014. White Stone sees this as an obtainable goal and hopes to partner with other U.S. organizations to make certain this project is adequately funded and has a ready supply of plastic filters for distribution so the people of Malawi will have an opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of clean drinking water.