Filtration system installed

#WATWB – Clean Drinking Water

This is my first post for the We Are The World Blogfest, which occurs on the last Friday of every month.

I chose a story I wrote about a man providing clean drinking water to thousands in coastal Ecuador.

A few weeks after the April 16, 2016 7.8 Ecuador earthquake, Tennessee pastor Gary Vance arrived in Puerto Lopez. He had a suitcase full of water filters and a plan – provide clean drinking water for those who needed it.

Testing water filter
Installed water filter post-earthquake, Ecuador
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance


Gary has made six trips to Ecuador since the earthquake, spent 88 days in country, delivered 1000 filters, and documented over 5000 people who have gained filtered water.

Update since the original story

Gary is now Ecuador on his seventh trip since the earthquake. This time, he brought two scientists from the University of North Alabama. They are testing water for any dangerous compounds to ensure that the installed filters are working as expected.

Testing filtered water
Dr. Amanda Coffman and her husband Derrick in Ecuador testing water
Photo courtesy of Gary Vance

Gary is proof that one man can make a huge difference in people’s lives!  I encourage you to visit his Tears2Water charity to learn more. Like Tears2Water on Facebook for real-time updates and additional photos.

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I am a US Expat in Ecuador. I grew up on a Minnesota farm, worked in IT in California's Silicon Valley, then moved to a coastal Ecuador fishing village. My goal is to share Ecuador with you, one snippet at a time. Topics include attractions, compassion, ecotourism, Ecuador products, everyday Ecuador, and flora and fauna. Please let me know what you would like to read more about!


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