UPDATE: 03/06/14: Thank you for your support of our disaster response in the Philippines. It's hard to properly describe what it's like to be on the ground in the wake of disaster and it's also hard to properly capture what it means when we say that safe water brings hope. We wanted to share a quick glimpse of our work and the impact we've been making together in the hope that you can get a better idea of just how much of a difference you helped us to make.  On behalf of Water Missions International and those served already in the Philippines, thank you. We couldn't do this without you.

UPDATE: 1/10/14: It has been nearly two months since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Water Missions International was quick to respond and immediately began sending staff and supplies to provide life-saving safe water to the communities affected by this disaster. Through a monumental effort, we have installed 25 of the 63 water treatment systems that have been sent to the Philippines. These water systems are a consistent source of hope in the midst of the recovery process. Thank you for your support that has made this possible. 

The work is not finished and will require a long term effort. There are many more safe water system to be installed in communities that are struggling with water born disease. As we continue to respond in the Philippines, we will be working with partners, other relief agencies and appropriate government departments to transition from immediate relief work to a recovery phase which will help the people of the Philippines return to normal life. We need your continued support, you can give online here.

UPDATE: 12/20/13: This morning, we joined our friends at People Water for a Google Hangout with one of our engineers, Chris, who has been working with our disaster response team throughout the Philippines to provide safe water relief. Chris shared stories and photos from his work and our Vice President of International Programs, Seth, shared some insight on our various safe water solutions in disaster response. You can catch watch the quick update and hangout below:

Video Update 12/18/2013: 

UPDATE 12/16/13: Water Missions International has a total of 21 systems up and running in the Philippines, capable of providing access to safe water to 105,000 people. These are a combination of different types of safe water solutions, as well as one mobile unit which travels around to serve multiple communities. We are a primarily working in three areas - Cebu, Panay, and Leyte/Samar. 

WMI's Disaster Response Director, Pat Haughney, recently returned from a month in the Philippines and shared, "The Philippine people are remarkable in their resilience. It's been great to work alongside them, helping to bring safe water to many. There is a lot of damage, and a lot of work to do. This is going to be a long rebuilding process."  In total, 63 water systems have been shipped to the Philippines capable of meeting the safe water needs for 305,000 people. Our team is working as fast as possible to complete community assessments and install equipment. We need your continued support, you can give online here.


What is the situation in the Philippines right now?

Super Typhoon Haiyan, a storm the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre called "the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year," made landfall Friday morning (November 8, 2013) local time in Samar, central Philippines, affecting millions of people.

“Safe drinking water is the most critical need in the days following a natural disaster. When basic needs are not met, we know that water is the difference between life and death, as fatal waterborne diseases spread rampantly in untreated drinking water.”
-George C. Greene III, PE, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Water Missions International

Current death toll estimates range from 2,000 to 10,000 people, but the number of recorded fatalities will likely rise as communication channels are restored and access improves in impacted areas. Thousands of people, still living in makeshift tents after they lost everything to last month’s devastating earthquake, have yet again been evacuated, displaced, and rendered homeless. Safe water is their most critical need in the wake of disaster.


How is Water Missions International responding?

Water Missions International has mobilized treatment equipment and staff members as phase one of relief efforts to provide safe drinking water to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Two disaster response safe water treatment systems sponsored by FedEx, 20 safe water treatment systems funded by The Pentair Foundation, and 10 potable water chlorinators will be able to provide safe drinking water for the daily needs of 160,000 people in communities surrounding Cebu City and Tacloban, Philippines, the most devastated regions. For more information about our response, read our recent blog post.

Water Missions International has the ability to provide even more assistance to victims, but is currently limited by available funding to provide ongoing relief. You can give directly to Typhoon Haiyan relief using the buttons on this page. To help provide relief, partner with us today.

Please note that 100% of funds designated to Typhoon Haiyan relief
will be used for current relief efforts and not reserved for future disasters.

"Our specialty is water and sanitation. In addition to our own efforts, we're coming alongside other major aid organizations as their implementing partner for the water component of aid relief. We are in dialogue with UNICEF about partnering with other organizations providing aid as we actively carry out our own response."
-George Greene IV, President and COO of Water Missions International

Water Missions International is also providing back-up solar power options in case of fuel shortages.

"We are fortunate that our extensive experience working in Indonesia, another country of island chains, brings an understanding of the unique logistics requirements to move equipment and people across multiple islands. It will be challenging. There could be isolated pockets of people all over the place, but Water Missions International has unique experience in these type of conditions and we are working to provide as much relief as possible." -George Greene IV, President and COO of Water Missions International

COLLABORATING FOR THE RELIEF OF OTHERS: In addition to our own relief efforts being carried our by our international team and staff members from our various country programs, Water Missions International is collaborating with other humanitarian agencies on the ground in the Philippines to help resolve issues of logistics in order to expedite the process of delivering relief to remote communities in need, as well as working with other humanitarian and governmental organizations to coordinate water and sanitation relief through the Global WASH Cluster with UNICEF acting as the lead agency. WMI currently has a presence in the Global WASH cluster as well as the Logistics Cluster and is glad to be of service to greater relief efforts and coordination. You can read more about our collaboration with other agencies on our recent blog post.

How can you get involved?

We urgently need your support to help deliver life-saving assistance. Survivors desperately need safe, clean water. Please consider making a gift today to support our efforts and help vulnerable people in the Philippines who desperately need your help right now. To help provide relief, partner with us today.

Please note that 100% of funds designated to Typhoon Haiyan relief
will be used for current relief efforts and not reserved for future disasters.

Beyond your financial partnership, we need your help as advocates for the safe drinking water needs of victims of Haiyan as well as others who face the daily disaster of lack of access to safe water. With your help, we can spread the word about the urgent need for safe drinking water and inspire people to partner with Water Missions International to combat the global water crisis community by community and in the wake of natural disaster.

If you'd like to mail in a donation rather than give online, please make checks out to Water Missions International and include 'Charleston Responds' on the memo line. Please call us if you have questions.

Phone: (843) 769-7395
Toll Free: (866) 280-7107

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 31258
Charleston, SC 29417

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To catch up with our response up to this point, read our past blogs about Haiyan.

A History of Responding to Disaster

Previously, Water Missions International has responded to some of the largest natural disasters around the world, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2008 Sichuan China earthquake, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Most recently, the organization provided safe water treatment systems to victims of disastrous flooding in southern Mexico this past September and implemented safe water projects in UNICEF refugee camps this summer.