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Have you ever visited a place where the water isn’t drinkable? Where there are no water fountains and you need to make a run to a corner store or boil a kettle just to have a sip? It’s kind of inconvenient, right?
Living in China, going through a little extra effort for drinkable water has become a reality of life for me. But thankfully I have easy access. My roommates and I order reusable water coolers that our “water man” delivers right to our door, and my office provides constant free drinking water as well.
When traveling in Southeast Asia I used to buy giant bottles of water which I try to refill for a few cents at one of the many water machines. Now I’ve finally invested in a filtered water bottle so I’m not constantly contributing to the world’s landfills with bottles that never get recycled.
But what about those of us who don’t have a “water man”, or can’t rely on one small filtered bottle. What about people who don’t have a kettle, or can’t run to the store?
Providing Clean Water to Those in Need
When disaster strikes, how can we ensure that clean, drinkable water is transported to those who need it? Bringing giant cartons of bottled water isn’t too practical, and that method only works in the short term. What if we could provide an affordable, immediate, and long-term solution?
That’s where DayOne Response comes in.
How Do DayOne Response Waterbags Work?
DayOne Response waterbags can hold up to 2.5 gallons (10 L) of water and will purify it all in just 30 minutes. Not only are they quick, these waterbags fold flat, making them perfect for disaster relief.
DayOne Response waterbags don’t just filter your basic contaminants, they also remove cysts, viruses, bacteria, and arsenic from contaminated water sources using P&G disinfectant packets and a filter.
Just one DayOne Response bag can last a family of four up to two months.
How DayOne Response Works With Those in Need
DayOne Response aims to deliver clear water starting day one at disaster sites around the world.
No more giant cartons of bottled water. No more waste. No more short-term, impractical solutions.
Currently, DayOne Response partners with AmeriCares, International Child Fund, World Vision, and International Medical Corps to deliver clean water to over 20 different countries. They were there for Ebola aftermath response, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ugandan Refugees, the Nepal Earthquake, and more.
Ranked #1 by the US Marines in water performance and user operation, it’s easy to see why so many humanitarian organizations are eager to use DayOne Response waterbags to filter, treat, and safely store clean drinking water.
So… How Can I Help?
I know what you’re thinking: “Clean water is great and all, but what does this have to do with me?”
Well, I’m happy to say that there are plenty of ways you can help provide clean water to those in need, without winning the lottery or donating your life savings.
1. Buy a Waterbag For Yourself
Heading on a big adventure? DayOne Response isn’t just for disaster relief. These waterbags are perfect for those on long-term treks without a stable water supply, as well as longer outdoor recreation trips for hiking, fishing, and more.
They’re portable, folding flat for simple storage, with backpack and handling straps to make the full bags less unwieldy. They even have a straw so you can drink while hiking!
If you live in an area prone to flooding, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, it may be smart to purchase a DayOne Response bag to keep your loved ones safe, just in case. You’ll be helping yourself and your community while contributing to a great organization.
2. Sponsor a Waterbag for Those in Need
Not hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or adventuring through the Amazon anytime soon? You can still make a small contribution to help those in need.
Consider sponsoring a waterbag to be used for disaster relief worldwide. DayOne Response is always looking for sponsors and will put your waterbag to good use.
The World Needs You
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of disasters and catastrophes we see on the daily news. From Hurricane Katrina to the Earthquake in Nepal, to the Ebola epidemic, it’s easy to become numb to all of the suffering in the world.
But sometimes we need to remind ourselves that there are plenty of little things we can do to help. If you’re not happy with how the world is run, or the politics of your home country, you can do something about it.
Find a cause that speaks to you. Whether it’s DayOne Response, Planned Parenthood, or your local soup kitchen. Whatever cause you choose to support, do it with a full heart and know you’re making a difference.
What world relief causes do you support and why? Let me know in the comments below!