ACU alumni bring pure water to still-struggling Haiti through Global Samaritan

Posted June 21, 2010

Six months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, citizens are still struggling to find enough clean water and medical supplies. ACU alumni working with Global Samaritan Resources are tirelessly trying to bring recovering Haitians the water and the faith they still need.

"Our commitment to provide pure water for the Haitian people is part of a larger goal to share Jesus' hope for people in desperate need of His living water," says David Catilina ('70), director of GSR. "The gift of pure water and medical supplies provide physical relief, but they also allow these people to receive a glimpse of His redemption."

GSR's work has put 21 water purification systems in Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, Jacmel and the Cap Haitien area, providing more than one million gallons of water a day.

"Our mission to alleviate the water crisis in Haiti is a result of research and a desire to share the gospel in a practical and life-changing way," says Ed Enzor ('59), CEO of Global Samaritan.

The process of installing these systems is complicated, involving communication with preachers, orphan home directors, and hospital and clinic personnel in the area concerning potential sites. Preparations have to be made on both sides of the mission effort before trained installers can start providing communities with pure water. This begins with a 6-hour local training session.

"When you're in a foreign setting, you may not have everything accessible that you would at home. That's why it is important to train beforehand," Catilina says.

GSR accepts donations from individuals and churches to continue the project in Haiti, as well as in other countries in need of clean water, including Swaziland, Zambia, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Albania.

About 10 additional units are available for installation in Haiti. To suggest a Haitian mission site or area in need of a water purification unit, please contact Dr. Gordon Dowell, coordinator of GSR water purification Haiti installations, at 325-673-4026 or 325-829-1761.

To learn more about Global Samaritan Resources' mission efforts, visit their website or Facebook page.


Did you know? COBA in Oxford students are exploring how iPads can be used for research while they consult for marketing firm A.C. Nielsen this summer. Follow their findings by becoming a fan of their Facebook page.