Operation Blessing Provides Clean Water in Haiti

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One of the greatest needs in Haiti is clean water and CBN's Operation Blessing International has tried to meet that need by delivering water purification units to Haiti's most important hospital.

"A huge part of giving people medical attention is making sure they heal properly and water is a vital part of that," said David Darg, OB Director of International Disaster relief and Special Projects. "The doctors could not operate without water, the patients could not survive without water."

Since the earthquake, Haitians have had to truck water in every day. It takes time, uses fuel, and wastes manpower.

Operation Blessing brought in a filtration system that is providing the hospital with 10,000 gallons of clean water every day.

The water systems are getting flushed out. Basically there is raw city water, coming straight out of the ground through the filtration system, and out in the streets. A staff member with Water Missions International said the city water is just not fit to drink. But the filtration water is soon going to be saving people's lives.

"I have been here with my daughter for five days," said a Port-au-Prince resident. "Her leg was amputated. I had to go everywhere to find water. Now I can come here and just get a drink."

Soon the will have 10 filtration systems set up in the city. This is just one of many ways Operation Blessing is meeting people's immediate needs in Haiti.

"The first thing we did is work with a team of Israeli medics," Darg said. "We got doctors out into the quake zone. We're doing mobile field hospitals now at the national stadium. We're treating hundreds and hundreds of people every day coming in with horrific injuries, literally saving lives."

"We've been distributing food that's coming in on flights from the USA," Darg continued. "And today we distributed a full truckload of medicine to the hospital here. So Operation Blessing is really mobilized. We're on the ground we have trucks going out. We're doing all sorts of things saving lives in Haiti at this critical time."

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