Cuba January 2019In January 2019 we made our third visit to Cuba to continue our water filter projects. We arrived in the center of the island at Camaguey airport and worked in the province of Ciego de Avila. The region doesn't receive many visitors due to the location and as a result they are very much in need of assistance. We installed two water filter systems working with a team of 13 people, 9 came from St David's Episcopal Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania. We worked along side two Cuban plumbers in Moron (More-Own) and Ciego de Avila, taking about 4 hours each to complete. After the installations were completed one plumber took a third system to install in the town of Jiqui. Jiqui was a 3 hour drive West from our location and we were not able to make it there due to our tight schedule. Two days after we arrived back in the USA we were thrilled to receive photos of the system fully installed and people drinking clean potable water in Jiqui. We also distributed supplies to help improve sanitary conditions in the kitchens at all 3 locations.
This was a fantastic trip and we succeeded in every way. We worked along side the local people and trained them on how to install and maintain a water filter system. We made new friends and earned the trust from the local community including the Cuban government representatives who inspected our work. We trained several people how to test their water and how to document water conditions to help us prepare and plan for future visits from other water project teams. We are looking forward to more water projects in Cuba that will be coordinated by the Friends of the Episcopal Church of Cuba.
Cuba ContactsRev Leandro - Rev of Jiqui
Rev Yohanes - San Lucas, Ciego de Avila
Rev Ivan - Church of the Resurrection, Luyano, Habana
Rev Damaris - Church of the Resurrection, Luyano, Habana
Emanuel - Sexton, Church of the Resurrection, Luyano, Habana
Pepe - Head sexton, Habana Cathedral
Hilmer - plumber from Ciego de Avila
Juan - driver, Ciego de Avila
Carlos - driver, Habana Cathedral
Hotel Ciego de Avila
Casa Telefonica - Habana Vieja
TESTIMONIALS"I am so grateful for the time with each of you. What a rich and spiritually rewarding experience. Thank your for being a part of my faithlift. " -- Dana
"What special people we were able to meet and work with in the Ciego de Avila region." -- Lois
"Thank you both for all your efforts in making our trip possible and a great experience for all of us."-- Fabiola
"I can't begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be a participant in our Cuban mission. You all were such an inspiration to me, it was so special to see your faith in action. I thank God for this wonderful experience and I hope to continue to work with you in the future. "--Maryanne
"Thank you for finding out about a need, having the vision, enlightening St Davids of the need and an opportunity to make a small difference in the lives of others and bringing us to Cuba. What an incredible experience. ALL DAY !!!"-- Elizabeth
"Un abrazo, espero que su regreso a casa haya sido bueno. Aca ya les extranamos,fue una gran bendicion conocernos y servir juntos a Dios y su reino. DIOS NOS SORPRENDE."
-- Rev Yohanes
Read the FECC featured post that highlighted our work in Cuba.
PROJECT DOCUMENTS and PLANS
- PROJECT FIELD REPORT
- Water Filter System Manual(english)
- Water Filter System Manual(spanish)
- Drinking Water Pamphlet (english)
- Drinking Water Pamphlet (spanish)
- PLAN A
- Pamphlet_2019 PDF(english)
- Pamphlet_2019 PDF(spanish)
OUR CDWT WATER FILTER SYSTEM
Our water filter and purification system is a modified design to simplify installation and reduce the cost for each system. At each location we adapt the system to meet the installation requirements for each community. Additional ball valves, twists and turns are often necessary to complete a functional and clean looking installation that connects to an existing water supply and includes a community accessible water faucet.
EXISTING MODEL FILTER SYSTEM
The FECC water filter systems, designed and installed by Michael Pollock from FECC, include additional features: 24v low pressure electronic shut-off valve, transformer, breaker box, GFI outlet, by-pass, pressure gauges, expansion drip valve, flow restrictor and brass fittings.