By Deborah Circelli
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Yung Wong can’t forget the children he saw in Haiti. Some had lumps near their bellybuttons caused by intestinal problems from contaminated drinking water. The memory has made Wong passionate about the importance of purifying water.
“(Seeing the children) just reinforced what we are trying to do with Project Haiti,” said Wong, 23, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate student who has been to Haiti twice with a team of students and professors installing water purification systems that they’ve developed on the Daytona Beach campus.
Wong and about 11 others are raising funds and finalizing details for what they hope will be the university’s fourth Haiti project this summer to help an orphanage and its school have safe drinking
“Our clean water will help prevent (illnesses) to other children in the future,” Wong said. “It’s very rewarding. You know it’s changing their lives.”
Embry-Riddle students have delivered to Haiti three student-designed systems since 2010 for a missionary relief camp, an orphanage and last year to a tent city for people displaced from the 2010 earthquake. That new system today is delivering 15,000 gallons of clean water a day to the area of Onaville.
In August, the students and professors hope to install a new system that will operate by using the sun through solar panels as opposed to a diesel generator used in last year’s design, university officials said.
Marc Compere, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and the monitor over the university’s Clean Energy Lab, said the project also will enable the children’s home to start a business selling clean water “to help improve their economy.”1 2 next >>