Jul 05, 2012

WWIF Vows to Step Up Water Treatment Efforts in the Dominican Republic

WWIF founder Guillermo Guzman has vowed to step up WWIF's water treatment efforts in the Batey of San Jose Ulloa of the Dominican Republic

Guillermo Guzman, founder of Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF), had a chance to spend time with the management of the Good Samaritan Hospital, the nonprofit organization in charge of the Hydraid Biosand filters distribution center in the Dominican Republic.

Guzman, who was visiting the Batey of San Jose Ulloa in late June, was able to visit with residents who had nothing but praise for the hospital and the individuals running the distribution center.

The village was selected as the foundation’s first project in the Dominican Republic and was purposely selected close to the U.S. in order to make it easier for the sponsors to visit and become involved with the activities of the foundation. The village of San Jose Ulloa is located about 30 miles southeast of San Pedro De Marcoris. There are 200 homes in this Batey, with a total population of about 1,000 people. The Batey was established almost 200 years ago, and the poor residents of San Jose Ulloa have only the sugar cane industry to rely on for a sparse number of jobs.

“We wanted our sponsors to be able to visit, touch and feel so they can experience first hand the impact they have in these developing areas,” Guzman said. “We will organize mission trips, where sponsors can be hands on and work along side other volunteers and the rest of the community. Think tanks will be started and committees formed to gain input from industry members on developing dealer and vendor involvement programs for the industry.

“The distribution center is well stocked and ready to deliver, install and monitor Biosand filters in approximately 50 Batey locations in the southeast region of the island nation. They are well staffed, experienced and able to impact thousands of families. We are prepared to continue working with them to make sure that impact is accelerated,” Guzman added.

The distribution center is funded by several U.S. corporations in partnership with the Safe Water Team (SWT), a nonprofit organization working closely with WWIF. SWT has distribution centers in Kenya, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Honduras.

“We invite the entire water treatment industry community and the Water Quality Assn. to join us in this effort. The industry must lead so we can have others follow,” Guzman said.

One Hydraid Biosand filter costs approximately $100 and provides water for a family of four for a period of 8 to 10 years. To donate a filter via the WWIF website, visit Donate a Filter or to donate a filter using PayPal, go to PayPal. To learn about corporate sponsorships, visit Become a Sponsor.