Water purification system bound for Haiti. Photo courtesy of Gulliver Preparatory School
When Kyle Kurzner was a high school student at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, a speaker visited his class to describe Haiti’s desperate conditions after a series of hurricanes and tropical storms hit the impoverished Caribbean nation in 2008. The students rallied to contribute food, diapers and other supplies, but they wondered what else they could do. “We could give food and bottled water, but we wanted to give something special,” Kurzner said.
Sherman Humphrey, southeast regional manager of child sponsorship for Friends of the Orphans in Miami, told them the places in Haiti where his group operated needed clean drinking water.
On his wish list was a water filtration device that could be used as an emergency water source. It should be portable, run off renewable energy and be constructed of materials that wouldn’t need to be constantly replaced. CONTINUE ARTICLE