for July 2013
Iraq Water Project Report to VFP Board, Summer 2013
Greetings to all members of
the Board from Iraq Water Project, now in its fourteenth year.
My previous report, dated 10
January, is attached. At that time IWP had placed or otherwise provided 128
ultraviolet and reverse osmosis water cleansing units to various Iraqi schools,
hospitals and other institutions. Previous to this, in the earliest phase of the
project, six municipal and rural water plants in a variety of gallonages were
repaired in southern and central Iraq, some more than once. One of these was a
small plant at Falluja, a town we had never heard of when our VFP delegation
inspected the unit in 2002.
Three years after the US
assault and occupation, and in view of unsurprising difficulties raised in the
wake of that event, we trimmed project sail and set out upon a different wind,
purchasing small low capacity water devices for individual institutions, the
same course of effort we continue upon today.
Since last report, in spring
and early summer, thirteen more reverse osmosis water filters have been financed
by this project, as follows:
1. Late January, Bint alHuda
maternity hospital, Thi Qar province (Nassiriya). Three ROs placed here. Also
one small unit installed at alAnsiriya orphanage, same province. $3550
2. March, 1 RO plus water
cooler at Anam Junior High School for girls, Diyala province (east of Baghdad).
3. March, 2 RO at alHabobi
public hospital, I unit in clinic at Oor village, both these in Thi Qar. $3150
4. May, 1 RO and two water
coolers at Kalat School for girls, Khanaqin, Diyala province. This town hunkers
right at the Iran border, and its water is extremely saline. $2500
5. June, 1 RO at alHajim
health center, village of Siwaniya, near Nassiriya. A second unit plumbed into a
caravan (mobile) health unit parked at Siwaniya. $4130. Two more units have been
purchased in connection with this installation, to be placed in local schools,
probably later this month.
Projects 1, 3 and 4 were completed by our friends at Nassiriya Youth Organization, the others by alRafad Charity in cooperation with Life for Relief and Development. These two groups, dedicated and beyond all price, are described in the previous report.
Other VFP members and
chapters continue to furnish support, most thankfully accepted, I assure
Here’s wishing the Board
and all attendees a productive 2013 national convention.
Art Dorland, IWP Chair