WaterStep-Logo-thLast week Super Typhoon Haiyan blew through the Philippines archipelago, packing sustained winds of 195 mph and wind gusts of up to 235 mph, and leaving massive destruction in its wake.

Haiyan affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines and displaced at least 600,000, according to the U.N.

It will be weeks — perhaps longer — before the related loss of life is calculated. Some estimates have been up to 10,000 dead.

WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to provide safe water, wants to help care for those who survived the disaster.

The non-profit has issued an urgent call for donations. For every $1,200 raised, one M-100 chlorine generator will be shipped to organizations with “boots on the ground” in the Philippines. These organizations will be trained on how to install and maintain the systems via WaterStep’s new online distance learning program, according to a news release.

The $1,200 covers the cost of the generator, shipping and training.

WaterStep describes the generators:

The M-100 is a chlorine generator small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase, yet powerful enough to provide safe water for thousands of people each day. It uses table salt and a 12-volt car battery, or solar panels, to simply and safely produce chlorine gas. When the gas is injected into contaminated water, it is highly effective in killing disease-causing pathogens and can produce up to 30,000 gallons of safe water each day.

Just last month, Mark Hogg, founder and CEO of WaterStep, was named Kentucky Humanitarian of the Year at the the Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards: An Evening of Recognizing Greatness.

To donate, visit www.waterstep.org or call (502) 568-6342 and be sure to designate the contribution to the Philippines Typhoon Relief.

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