In early December, 2013, H2OpenDoors, a project of the Rotary Clubs of Redwood City, California, installed two SunSprings in Tacloban City, Philippines. Devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda, even the local Rotary Clubs were displaced and evacuated. Peninsula Sunrise Rotary in California asked for help and recieved support from other US clubs to acquire and ship two water purification systems. The Methodist Adventist Hospital in Cebu City served as our hosts and guides, once we made it through the chaos thanks to two Florida-based organizations, GR3 and Tranlogistics.
The two SunSprings, along with a generator set and 24 LED street lights, are contributing to the recovery by offering safe water and power for thousands of residents who have lost everything. The water purification systems mostly used in the zone are inferior, requiring diesel fuel and chlorine chemical treatment. The SunSpring is powered by 360-watt solar panels and a wind turbine, and remove the pathogens through it's 5-stage membrane filtration system. The Philippine Department of Health had declared the city water unsafe to drink two days before our arrival, making the SunSprings the only source for pure, drinking water for the RTR Hospital as well as the Suhi Barangay.
This 18 minute summary documentary chronicles our efforts, and describes further work that needs to be done. Rotary Clubs in Redwood City spearheaded the effort with support from clubs in Santa Cruz, Logan City, Utah, the state of Washington, and even Curacao. Watch this on a large screen, all the way through to the end. You will be moved by the triumphic spirit of the Philippine people.
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