Field Note #158: Filter Distribution Workshop

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This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of Boone's First Presbyterian Church for a Filter Distribution Training workshop. This group has been traveling to a medical clinic in Chiapas Mexico for the past 20 years and treating indigenous people in need. In one week they can receive over 1000 patients! One of the more common conditions that they treat are forms of water borne illness, including typhoid. This year they want to try something new and offer water filtration systems to prevent the illness as opposed to just treating it.

This is where W|W came in. We sat down and discussed best practices for implementing a Sawyer Filter program and how to properly "train the trainer" to maximise their impact. We spent the entire afternoon discussing lessons learned from past experiences and potential innovative ideas for the future. 

At the end of January their team will travel to Chiapas along with 80 Sawyer filters as a pilot test to serve families in need. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of these life changing opportunities. It's amazing to see what global change can come out of the mountain community of Boone, North Carolina. 

Cheers!

-Shane Hillman 

Operations Department