In December the Fiji Islands were hit with the worst cyclone seen in 20 years. Fiji is beginning to dig out of the devastation and access the damage. Fiji is often hit with devastating cyclones that cause massive problems with the water supply, specifically in the rural villages. Most rural villages get their water from nearby rivers. These rivers are often full of E-Coli, Leptospirosis, and sometimes Typhoid bacteria, causing regular diarrhea outbreaks, and some deaths.
In October, we worked with Dr. Solva from the beautiful Coral Coast of the big island of Fiji. We talked with Dr. Solva about the effects that contamination in the rural water supply. Dr. Solva shared with us that in last two weeks, she had 2 children brought to her clinic, dead on arrival from severe cases of diarrhea. The following interview was filmed while crossing the very river where Belabela village draws its drinking water. Belabela Village received clean water filters from Give Clean Water and now drinks clean, bacteria free water every day.
Unfortunately, the rural areas of Fiji face these problems on a regular basis. Belabelo village is one of the many success stories in Fiji where Give Clean Water has provided life-changing clean water filters to every village family.
As we continue our work in 2013 and get more filters into the rural villages, we know that less families will face the devastating loss of their child due to lack of clean water.