Around the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illnesses, and the vast majority are children. On Roatan Island in Honduras, an influx of inhabitants has increased pollution and rapidly depleted natural resources including water. Many small Colonias on the island often don’t have access to clean water.
Committed to improving the health and quality of life for local inhabitants, missionaries Chuck and Tia Laird partnered with Henry Zittrower, founder of Living Water 4 Roatan and MIOX Corporation to improve the water situation on Roatan Island. MIOX on-site generators have provided a sustainable and innovative solution, brining safe, affordable drinking water to outlying areas on Roatan Island.
Roatan Island, Honduras, is a serene tropical getaway for many vacationers. Pristine beaches, diving, snorkeling, and sunset cruises attract tourists from all over the world. Each year, thousands descend on Roatan to indulge in the many amenities offered at world-class resorts including charming restaurants, exciting excursions, aquatic activities, a well-developed transportation system and, of course, readily available drinking water.
However, despite some of the lush surroundings, Roatan Island is still an under-developed community, stricken with poverty. With a recent influx of inhabitants and increased pressure on the natural resources, small Colonias on Roatan Island, including Sandy Bay Village and Polin Carpo, often don’t have access to clean water. Existing supplies are becoming depleted and more polluted.
Enter Chuck and Tia Laird
Natives of Palmdale, CA, Chuck and Tia Laird had deep roots in the desert sand. The couple owned a powder coating shop, as well as Terra Art Water Supplies. Satisfied but not fulfilled, the Lairds picked up and moved to Roatan Island. Prior to their arrival, four young boys under age six died from dysentery associated with drinking contaminated water.
The Lairds were committed to improving the health and quality of life for local inhabitants, setting up the Calvary Chapel Roatan (www.ccroatan.com) and Son Rise Terra Art Hotel. Given Chuck’s professional expertise and these terrible tragedies, one of the Lairds’ primary missions became providing potable water to these communities.
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