Sunday, March 15, 2015

Help 'LILY' Provide Clean Drinking Water For Syria's Children

A cholera outbreak is feared in coming months in Syria, a waterborne disease that is due to poor sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday 24 Feb 2015. Since hearing this 'LILY' has been looking into ways we could help the people of Syria who have already suffered so much. 
The report from WHO said that Safe drinking water is available at about one-third of the level it was before the conflict erupted nearly 5 years ago, and supplies are cut-off to punish civilians at times. As we are going into the warmer season, the threat of cholera is a particular concern. So with this in mind we sent a team off to Syria to investigate the water supply situation. What they found is heartbreaking! 



Since then we have had several meetings and looked into many ways of providing clean water. We have come upon 'Life Straw' which seems to be the most feasable way we can help. We have searched and found a supplier here in Turkey that will help us by reducing the price.
The first item is LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.... Lets you drink directly from streams and lakes or from a bottle. Uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology to filter up to 264 gallons or 1,000 liters of water to 0.2 microns. Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. Removes 99.9% waterborne protozoa. Reduces turbidity (muddiness) and has no aftertaste. Is ultralight: weighs only 2 ounces or 57 grams and portable: only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts and contains no chemicals.

The normal price is around  17 Pounds Sterling (25 USD) but we can puchase these for 10 Pounds Sterling (15 USD)

The second item is  LifeStraw Family....... and is a point-of-use microbiological water purifier capable of removing viruses, bacteria and protozoa (parasites) to protect against waterborne diseases. It filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years.Meets World Health Organization “highly protective” category standards of safe water interventions. Is lightweight: 1.17 lbs or 0.53 kg, easy to use (no pumping, no chemicals),easy-to-clean pre-filter and purification cartridge and chemical free.

The normal price is around 61 Pounds Sterling (90 USD) but we can purchase these for 44 Pounds Sterling (65 USD)

And the third item is LifeStraw Community......is a high-volume, point-of-use community water purifier with built-in safe storage, which provides microbiologically safe drinking water for schools, health facilities, workplaces and community settings. Filters up to 70,000 liters (18,470 gallons)

The normal price is around 224 Pounds Sterling (330 USD) but we can purchase for 163 Pounds Sterling (240 USD)

Water has been used for political dividends and has been turned off to certain areas and that leads people to drink water from unsafe areas. Cholera, an intestinal infection often linked to contaminated drinking water which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration.

 With your help together we can make a difference!





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'Lily' has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
'Lily' wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no 'Lily' - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  'Lily'- Love In the Language of Yarn.