Archive for June, 2010

Haiti Visit

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Frank Evert, Philip Turnier

Frank Evert, Philip Turnier

The morning after the Drop in the Bucket auction, Vilai Bouttaphom and myself left for Haiti. We were in Haiti less than 24 hours after the final bid was accepted at the auction. This trip was a life changing experience for me. At the very least, it was heartbreaking. I would like to share just a little about it with you. As you can imagine, after an earthquake there is a great deal of confusion. Some people are faced with breaking the law in order to survive.

The media emphasizes this negative aspect but unfortunately they don’t always show you the good things people are doing. I was there for 10 days and saw a lot of good people doing great work. Many are working behind the scenes and don’t want recognition. An organization that deserves recognition is Clean Water for Haiti. This great organization made us feel like working out the details, whereby, we will be partnering with them on a project in the mountain of Ivoire (pronounced Ee-vwa). We will be bringing you more information on this project in the future. Verbo Jean Julien, is another who deserves recognition. He is a part of the Haitian Timoun Foundation. Verbo was kind enough to pick us up at the airport and bring us to his home town, three hours away.

Current Watering Hole

Current Watering Hole

Once Vilai and I saw the devastation and the water the children were drinking we were angry and sick. We came upon a truck delivering water and stopped to talk deliver water for us to the places that were really in need. When we realized this was not a viable plan, we turned to Verbo and asked him to help us find another company we could trust. This brings us to Philip Turnier, who runs DOM Wa- ter. After less than an hour we had a deal and plan in place for relief efforts. Water Without Borders, with help from Verbo Jean Julien and Philip Turnier, is now supplying two trucks of water to the community of Jacmel City. We are in the process of training people on water safety. These efforts are costing WWB approximately $175 a week, a large portion of our budget. If you know of a church, company or someone that can help us fund these relieve efforts, please contact me.

Honduras Project

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Water Without Borders has teamed up with Villanova University on an international water project. The project is at a boys home called Amigo de Jesus in Honduras.  With WWB supplying all the parts and filters needed, the B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering  students were able to  install a water purification system and hopefully avoid any further water born diseases.  A special thank you to  Dennis O’Donnell,  Anthony Granese, Christian Ryan Paggi,  Andrea Welker, and Bridget Wadzuk for making this possible.

The Drop in the Bucket Auction

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

In March, we had our first The Drop in the Bucket Auction. We had great donations from Williams Lumber, Richard Petty driving school, N&S Supply, Davis Furniture, Hudson Valley  Diamonds and many more. Without the help we received from these companies, events like this are not possible. Water Without Borders made over $5,000 that night!  I would like to thank everyone that made this event a success. We hope you can join us at the next auction. It’s not too early to send us your items for auction #2, which is in the planning phase.

Board Member Changes

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

We at WWB are excited with the addition of our new family members. We hope you will help us welcome them and visit there Bio and send them a hello. It is with great disappointment that I announce the resignation of WWB’s Director, Mr. Blane Brummond. We are sad to see Blane go and wish him great success in all his new endeavors. “Good Luck Blane.” I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest board members: Barabara Moore from NY, Mary Ann Cantella from Massachusetts and Karri Ryan from NY.

We Are Not Affiliated With Doctors Without Borders

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

There was some confusion between Doctors Without Borders and Water Without Borders. This may not be confusing to you and me but it appears Medecins Sans Frontieres USA, Inc., the non-profit Organization commonly known as, and doing business as, “Doctors Without Borders” (“MSF USA”). Is fearful someone might send us a donation thinking we are MSF. If you could help spread the word that Water Without Borders Corp. is not affiliated with or not doing business with MSF, it would be greatly appreciated.