Hurricane Odile Baja Relief
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
We reached our fundraising goal of $10,000 in just 48 amazing hours so we're going to KEEP GOING! We're increasing our goal to $15,000 and hope to reach that within the next 24 hours. We are so grateful for your caring response. A thousand thank you's from the good people of Baja. Mils gracias.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!
All of us at Solmar V and Nautilus Explorer are blown away by your response to our Hurricane Odile Baja Relief fundraiser. YOU raised the extra $5000 in the 24 hours we were hoping for so we have decided to THINK BIGGER! We're raising the roof again, to $30,000! Let's keep rolling everybody, spreading the news and holding the people of Baja in our hearts,
We are so excited to announce that the Nautilus Explorer has joined Solmar V in partnering together to make this fundraising effort on behalf of the Baja victims of Hurricane Odile a resounding success.
OCTOBER 2, 2014
THINKING BIGGER ... AGAIN!!!
The response to our fundraising efforts on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Odile in Baja has been outstanding, thanks to all of you for your generosity and for taking action. So far, over 900 water filter systems have been delivered to Baja Sur and the W4W team continues to train local teams to take the filter systems out into the hardest hit areas. We've RAISED THE ROOF again today by increasing our fundraising goal to $40,000. Phase 1 of the W4W response to Odile has been to respond to the immediate crisis. Phase 2 will be to get these filter systems in place in as many places as we can so that they are on hand when the next disaster strikes. We plan on being there until the job is done.
Stay tuned for some fundraising ideas we're working on and please ... KEEP SPREADING THE WORD!
W4W is doing an outstanding job and we are very grateful to them for their work, and to all of you for supporting our response to the devastation of Hurricane Odile on behalf of the good people of Baja.
Southern Baja is currently experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Odile, the worst hurricane to hit the area in almost 50 years. The Solmar V and Nautilus Explorer families are responding to the overwhelming needs of the area by raising funds to purchase, donate and distribute portable water filtration systems in partnership with Waves for Water. The proven reliability of their water filtration systems and their years of experience in responding to international crises ensures our response will accurately and quickly target those most in need. All donations to this fundraising effort are dedicated to bringing clean water to the Baja victims of Hurricane Odile. The quicker we raise the funds the quicker we are able to provide the immediate relief crucial to minimizing the disastrous effects of Hurricane Odile.
We understand the immediate needs of the community. We are part of that community and we feel that water filter systems delivered to crucial local distribution centers, shelters, clinics, schools and hospitals is the best way to respond to the immediate crisis. Each $50 water filter will provide purified water to 100 people a day for 5 years. Our current goal of $40,000 will provide 80,000 Baja residents with clean water each day for 5 years. How cool is that?
We are inviting everyone who has enjoyed the beauty of Baja to contribute to this project. We are especially reaching out to the international scuba community for your support in responding to this crisis.
We also encourage you to read the information on the Waves for Water website about signing up to become a Clean Water Courier. Clean water is the right of every citizen of the world.
We will post updates on the progress of this program on this fundraising page and our Facebook pages as we gratefully move forward in partnership with Waves for Water to bring clean water to the victims of Hurricane Odile. All of us deeply appreciate your concern for our beloved Baja and your generous support. All donations are welcome, no matter how large or small, and are tax deductible through Waves for Water.
A MESSAGE FROM JON ROSE, FOUNDER, WAVES FOR WATER:
At this point in the W4W timeline, we are no strangers to disasters… I say that with mixed emotions. On one hand we have a wealth of experience that we can apply to these very grave situations when they suddenly pop up… yet we only have this experience because they keep popping up… and very much at the expense of so much intense hardship. It's a sort of a conundrum…
That said, here we are again - Hurricane Odile has absolutely devastated our beloved neighbors in Baja Sur, Mexico. It's relatively out of the news already (was barely in it), which is unfortunate and uncharacteristic for an event with such catastrophic damage. Much of the southern Baja peninsula has suffered a huge blow - power out, food and water shortages, endless structural damage, and many roads washed out (limiting the abilities of emergency authorities to respond). It's a perfect storm (no pun intended)… Most places we have worked for disaster relief usually have a similar scenario… but each place has it's own unique challenges to navigate. In this case, being that Baja is such a narrow peninsula and so many of the main North/South arteries have been washed out, the souther tip (Cabo, etc) has been virtually cut off. It's almost like an island. There are reports of looting and unrest - again also a common byproduct during these times, yet unsettling all the same. There are shelters popping up for all the displaced families and travelers… but most of which are filled with the low income, underserved, local population in the area - as their neighborhoods were the least built up and able to endure such destructive weather.
I've said this before, but many of the places around the world these disasters happen are already in need of our clean water program prior to any disastrous event. Their everyday conditions are “disastrous"… and many times it is events like this that put enough focus and resources on these long standing issues that we are finally able to initiate programs. This might come as a surprise, but Baja Sur is no different…. even despite all the big hotels and affluent tourism community, there is still a severe underbelly to the region with conditions as bad as any of the other underserved places we work. So again, we find ourselves in unique place with an opportunity to serve an immediate purpose - mitigating initial suffering cause by this event… yet also… and this is a BIG also, starting to implement some long term programs there that will help the overall landscape for years to come. We experienced this same scenario in Haiti and more recently the Philippines (after Typhoon Haiyan). Both places we still work consistently to this day, years after our initial disaster response efforts.
So, we have begun mobilizing our Hurricane Odile response effort. Phase 1 will be almost entirely focused around providing access to clean water for the hardest hit areas. This means targeting the shelters servicing displaced families and other refugee-like individuals. We will also be focused on neighborhoods that are still standing but have lost any/all remnants of infrastructure - no water, no power etc. These people are often the most in need, as the folks who lost everything are getting some small amounts of support through the shelters - but the ones who might still have a rickety home standing are left to fend for themselves and often slip thru the cracks of all support services.
We have good local leads already, both in resources we will need (transportation, manpower, staging areas, etc) and in targeted intel from the hardest hit areas. Now it just becomes a process of matching the two together - using/applying what resources we have to address the greatest pockets of need. The biggest issue in terms of water is that any of the usual municipal sources have been wiped out and/or contaminated… and anyone who has been there before can attest to the lack of ground water they have in the region. This means that people are solely dependent on bottled water - which will run out sooner than later. Our initial efforts will involve deploying portable water filtrations systems that can take virtually any source of water and make it potable - for families, tourists, and relief teams alike.
Our initial ground staff is deploying in the next day or so as our strategies continue to develop and button up with every passing hour.
I have never been one to solicit donations so I'm not going to start… look at this update as a source of real time information on a situation that is incredibly bad (and going to get much worse) in a place that many of us hold close to our hearts.
That said, if you do feel inclined to help support our Odile relief initiative then we genuinely thank you… our web-page for this project is - http://www.wavesforwater.org/project/odile. You can also stay tuned to this page for progress updates throughout the implementation of the project.
All other inquiries can be sent to our team leader on this first phase - Catherine Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Most of you who are receiving this have been long time friends and supporters of W4W and I want to take this opportunity to say that we would never be in the position to be able to make such a difference during situations like this if it weren't for the tireless encouragement you have shown us over the years…
On behalf of the entire W4W team, thank you!
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