For Nativity Village at Despuzeau, Food For The Poor and Water Missions International formed a partnership to dig a well and install a community-based water purification system. This solar-powered water treatment system uses filtration and chemical disinfection for the production of safe drinking water. Filtration physically removes particulate and bacteriological contaminants, while chemical disinfection neutralizes any remaining pathogens and ensures the treated water is safe to drink. Each system treats 10,000 gallons of water per day and has the capacity to provide the daily water needs of a community of more than 3,000 people.
A Nativity parishioner provided the funding for the well and pump, and the remaining components of the system were funded by Operation Starfish. Today, this system is providing water, saving lives and improving the health of people from the community. Women and children are freed from the tedious and grueling chore of walking for hours to and from a water source. Children with access to water suitable for drinking are able to consistently attend school, and women can utilize their time for more productive tasks. Having convenient access to water from this water well will not only help create a healthier lifestyle for these residents, life will be made much easier for them.