Bringing clean water to a leper colony, who had lost many due to bad drinking water. John brought renewed joy to the colony with the gift of safe water.
Matthew 25:35 says,” I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink…” Jesus is talking. Each person we give water to represents Jesus. The level of success is measured in the number of chlorine systems distributed and how many people hear the Gospel. In 2016 less than one system was distributed per day. The goal for 2017 is to distribute more than one a day. This goal has been met as we are over 370 as of October, 2017.
Countless refugee camps house a million people. They escape war in South Sudan. Streams of sewage are their source of drinking water.
100 complete chlorine systems are being installed with the help of Blind Faith Ministries, Harmony Church and Hays Pure Water For All Foundation.
Amazon Jungle, Peru has 5000 villages drinking directly from the Amazon River. Water borne illnesses are everywhere. Zach Foust headed up installing 100 complete Hays Pure Water For All chlorine systems. He is installing another 100 into the flooded areas. I was blessed to see first hand the jungle and its people.
Last month, a man named James sent us an email. It was unlike any email we’d ever received. It was honest. It was informative. It was a cry for help.
As the calendar has turned, and a new year has started, it is time for us to take a look back at what 2014 held, and what we are looking forward to in 2015.
Before we crunch some numbers, we just want to say a huge thanks to all of you. It gets said a lot, but it is true. None of this would be possible without grassroots support from you, our partners in this quest for clean water world wide. Whether you bought a bottle of our water, educated friends on the need for clean water, or took a unit to somewhere and gave the gift of clean water, we thank you!
So now the good stuff. In 2014 we took water units to Peru, Haiti, South Sudan, Cuba, The Phillippines, and India. Over 1 million people have been provided clean water in 2014 alone. We will be posting updates as we get them from our field partners.
We also launched our bottled water line this last Spring. In 9 months we have sold over 25,000 bottles of water and are now carried in over 40 vendor locations. With the money raised from each bottle sold, we intend to help provide clean water for 1.5 people in need. That is a lot of clean water.
As we start to plan out our 2015, it is looking like our biggest year yet. Just a hint at some things ahead for the new year:
- Field partnerships. We are working on partnerships with several organizations that will better help us reach those in need. These partnerships will give us a greater network of communities, as well as a more open line of communication for updates and make you more involved in the full circle process of providing clean water.
- Ambassador program. We have had many of you ask for ways to get more involved, and we think this is a great fit. You will be able to pick a region and need and then begin spreading the word of their needs. Through our field partners, we will work together to meet the needs of a specific community.
- New bottle design. We are going to give our bottled water a bit of a face lift this spring! The new design will help us better tell our story to potential customers, as well set us apart from competitors. We hope this new design will help get the attention of our first major chain and help expand the mission of Hays.
We’re excited to start 2015, and can’t wait to see where this journey takes us this year!
We love getting updates from around the globe on how people are using Hays PureWater and how lives are being changed. We recently got this awesome update from Shape International out of Wake Forest, NC:
SHAPE International has been using your water purification systems in Burundi, Africa for many years! We train the women to clean the water for their family and they also sell the water as a business.
We are working with an organization from Denmark that is building water tanks in the poorest areas of Burundi. They are using the water units to disinfect water from the tanks. There are also many villages in the area where they collect water from lakes and streams that are contaminated by bacteria and parasites.
We train women to use the puride as a disinfectant for the water collected from these sources. Cholera and intestinal parasites are common among the population. Part of our training program includes training in basic hygiene. Our partner is distributing soap to local schools as well and they are building a soap factory where woman can make soap and sell in the local market. There is still a large percentage of the rural population that we need to train and equip, but the successes of the areas where we have been working helps spread the word.
We are proud to be a part of Shape and what they are doing. You can find out more about Shape International on their official website.
Free food, live music, great cause, sharing Jesus. Do we have your attention? With fall upon us, it is time for the annual 12:1 run on October 4th. Started in 2008, the 12:1 is a 5k race with all proceeds going towards sending our Khlor Gen units around the world. The ultimate goal being to share the name of Jesus through word and deed.
This image has graced Hays Pure Water’s marketing from the very beginning and has brought with it a great number of questions. To the many who ask, it seems counterintuitive for a foundation which provides clean water for people in need to showcase two children drinking from a pool of dirty water. We have thousands of images from trips we’ve taken showing our Khlor Gen systems in action, the smiles of thousands more individuals drinking purified water captured on film, but we’ve chosen this one image to show to the world more than any other. This is the story behind that powerful image.
In May of 2013, I touched down in Nairobi, Kenya with Niall Williams and six Khlor Gen Units in tow. Kenya, like much of Africa, is still developing as a country. The City of Nairobi is a perfect visual metaphor for the toll that development takes on a country. There was an enormous and very noticeable gap between the rich and the poor. Shiny black Mercedes-Benz cars rolled over the well maintained roads, while beggars in tattered clothing slept on benches and pleaded with passersby for money. 5-Star hotels were located just two blocks away from slums, where people live without electricity, running water, and sanitation.
While the situation was bad in Nairobi, it got much worse as we headed out towards the village of Eburu, where we were set to bring a water unit out into the field. We hopped on a bus and embarked on a 4-hour journey into the countryside. We then had to take off road vehicles an additional two hours over very rough terrain to reach Eburu.
Eburu is a small community of about 750 people, with an additional 1,000 people living within a 1 kilometer radius. The village had no running water. The population’s only source of water was a pond about 300 yards outside the village. As you can see in the photo, the water was absolutely filthy. This filthy, stagnant pond not only acted as a source for drinking water, but a watering hole for local wildlife, bathing, and washing source as well. Looking at the water, it’s no surprise that waterborne illness was rampant in this community. The video below depicts one of the local leaders discussing just how bad the local water issues were.
While we were at the lake, I saw these two boys running and playing together. After they finished, they bent down, and took a drink. I reached for my camera snapped this picture of them nonchalantly drinking from what many Westerners wouldn’t dream of even touching.
The stark contrast displayed by this photo is an incredible and powerful statement about the resilience of human beings and the unforgiving environment in which humanity is placed. Those two boys need water to survive, even if the only source for it is a disease- ridden pool of murky filth. They drink from it every single day without batting an eye, because it is just part of their daily life.
Now, with Hays Pure Water’s Khlor Gen System in place, those children can drink water without fear of waterborne diseases. The single solar powered unit in the village of Eburu is continually providing sterilized water for the 1,750 people in the immediate area. Waterborne illness infection rates have dropped drastically and the community is growing stronger and healthier.
Here in America, we are fortunate to not have to worry about waterborne illness. Because we are lucky enough to have a seemingly endless supply of clean water at our disposal with the turn of a tap, it is easy to forget that somewhere in the world, a child is drinking from a pond just like this one. We use this image as a reminder for both ourselves and the world about why we do what we do. Next time you take a drink of clean water, I hope you stop to reflect on just how lucky you are to have it.
We believe that everyone should be able to take clean water for granted. You can help us make that a reality by simply choosing Hays.
We at Hays Pure Water would like to say a huge Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful mothers out there.
Today carries some added significance for us this year. Our founder's mother, Margaret Hays, passed away this year at the age of 83. Margaret enjoyed bowling and clowning for friends and family. She worked for 25 years as an R.N., usually in locked psych facilities. She had a heart for others and serving her heavenly father, Jesus Christ.
It always amazes and humbles me after a trip, to realize how much I take clean water for granted. Living on a huge body of water such as the Mississippi River, I can appreciate its beauty and necessity to our way of life. However I do not bathe in it, nor drink the water that has given it such a wonderful nickname, "The Muddy Mississippi".
In Peru, they have the Amazon. A vast river and tributaries with it's web spread all throughout the world's largest rainforest. Unlike the river that we are all so familiar with however, the Amazon is also the local watering hole, bathtub, laundry mat, and bathroom. Disease runs rampant through these parts due to having little to no type of sanitation, or even options for it. A huge supply of water with none of it safe to drink.
Through some contacts that we had with a group called YWAM (Youth With A Mission) I found out the vast need for clean water and medical care. From there, I knew that we needed to go. By we, I mean my mom (who is a registered nurse) and myself. On April 25, with a bag of medical supplies and two Khlor Gen Units packed, we headed to Iquitos, Peru with no real idea what we were getting ourselves into.
In emails, I tried my best to explain what the Khlor Gen Unit did. Tried to explain that it does not purify the water itself, but simply creates the chlorine needed to purify the water. Apparently I did not do a good job, because I spent an afternoon explaining the process through a translator to Julio. Julio was our local contact who works with the villages along the river. He was to be our guide and connection to the locals. He also ended up being the local comedian but that is another story by itself. He needed to understand it first and make sure it worked before we brought it to others.
Throughout our hour long demonstration + Q&A, Julio kept using the word curious. He loved what it could do, but wanted to see it in action. He was curious about if this small machine could really change people's lives. We must have gotten him just curious enough, because we planned out to leave a couple days later to head deep into the jungle and bring these units to the village people.
Once we got into the jungle, and into the villages, mom began meeting with people and one thing became very clear. 90% of all complaints were directly related to dehydration. You see we went in the cool season. 90 degrees with 90% humidity. Cool right? In the warm season it gets up to 110. They all said they had headaches, had no energy. They would talk about how they only have 1 cup of water a day. If they drank more, they became more sick. A never ending circle. I am not good at math, but one cup of water a day in the heat is not enough. They needed a solution to the problem that lead to so many more problems.
We went to two villages in our time there. One of around 500 people, one with around 700 people. They were amazed with the Khlor Gen. Making chlorine to purify the water was such a foreign concept. It took a bit to grow on them. Julio began answering any questions they had because he was so confident in its use and effectiveness. As time passed, the local leaders began to take ownership and pride in these new machines. Instructing people on them that were not in attendance during the presentations. They were taking care of them, excited at the opportunity to change the way of life for an entire community.
At the end of the presentation, we had dozens of people bringing us their bottles to be made into chlorine. It really sank in the potential benefits if they take advantage of the system.
We left one water unit in the smaller community. The other unit, YWAM is keeping at a base they have centrally located on the river. They are going to take it out and instruct more villages on the benefits of using the chlorine produced, as well as provide a central location by which they can come and make chlorine for themselves.
The need is great along the Amazon. We could have taken a hundred units and it would not have been enough. This is such an extremely small sample size of the world. There are 783 million people without drinking water, and this is the story of just a few of them. We are just praying that God will use what we did take with us, and multiply and help many.
A huge thanks to everyone for their support thus far, without you, we would not be able to do what we do.
Most new companies hang their first dollar ever made on the wall. Well we are just going to post a picture instead. Blake Scott of Burlington, Iowa was the first customer to buy a case of Hays Pure Water. Because of his purchase, $3 went towards sending Khlor Gen Systems to South Sudan and providing clean water to a few of the 783 million currently without it.
Thanks Blake for doing your part to make a difference. If anyone else wants some great water and to help a great cause, shoot us an email.
Now give some high fives, you earned it!
First off, thanks for checking us out, and for being a part of what we do in whatever roll that may be. Today is a big day for us as we launch bottled Hays Pure Water, and this new site to go with it.
Ever since John created Hays Pure Water, his mission has remained the same. Save lives by providing safe drinking water in an easy to use and affordable way. We are excited to continue and expand this mission through our bottled water.
Please dig around the site to find out more about what we do, how we do it, and where we do it. You can also find more ways to get involved.