"Lord, when did we see You thirsty and give You drink?" (Matthew 25:37)
Ss. Peter & Paul
Orthodox Church in America
Photos and update posted January, 2012.
Clean Water for Families in the Philippines
The Bio-Sand Water Filter Project
Two parishioners, Tom Moutsos and his wife Cara, served for two years in the Philippines with the Peace Corps. One of their projects involved teaching a group of young people how to make bio-sand water filters. The project developed into a small business run by the youth with the help of Dr. Dabu of the Rotary Club. The filters are made available to local families to provide them (and often their neighbors!) with clean water. The small amount of profit is put back into the business and provides income for the young workers.
Tom and Cara, upon returning to the parish, gave an informative and inspirational presentation of their Peace Corps experiences in the Philippines. Sts. Peter and Paul parishioners responded by sending monies to the Pag-Asa Youth Association to enable them to make more of the filters. We have continued to aid the project since our first "investment" in 2008.
Tom and Cara are presently living in California with their twins, Zenobia and Spero, who were born after their return to the States. They are keeping in regular contact with the Pag-Asa Youth Association. See below for photos and e-mail received in December, 2011.
Our last investment was in November of 2011.
The return on investment has been exceptional!
Below are latest updates on our investments.
Transporting filter on motorbike. Family receiving a filter in Tambo Pamplona
Hello Father Dennis,
Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family are all well.
Maricel sent me these attached photos. They used the money from Ss. P and P immediately to get to work and make filters. I thought she had forwarded the pictures to you but Ruth told me she hasn't seen them. I think Maricel wanted to finish the report before she emailed you but they are having trouble with their computer. It is broken and too expensive to get fixed so they have to wait to use the computers at the municipal hall and it sounds like that never happens. Anyway, they are extremely grateful, as always and you can see from the beneficiaries that the filters are definitely needed.
Many blessings for a happy New Year of 2012!
Cara and Tom Moutsos
PAG - ASA YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES
Municipal Hall Compound, Poblacion, Pamplona Camarines Sur
04, February 2009
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Thru: Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Cara Moutsos
Dear Sir/ Maa'm
Greetings of Peace!
I am happy to inform you that our project on Biosand Water Filter had brought a
breakthrough in accessing safe drinking water. The success of the technology that
we learned from the past US Peace corp volunteer Tom & Cara Moutsos is not only
beneficial to out municipalities But also to share it with other neighboring
municipalities and barangays in Camarines Sur but some province in the Bicol
region & Visayas.
We are so thankful that for funding us because we will continue our service and
mission to help those indigents families to have clean drinking water. Not also them
you are also helping us Out Of School Youth to have job and be able to help our
families to. Through your kindness and generosity we will continue our mission in
serving people especially here in camarines sur which have the highest incidence of
water born deseases, like typhoid fever and gastroenteritis among children.
FROM THE PAG- ASA YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES WE
SAY... " THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING US AND MORE POWER".
ARVIN C. REGIDOR MARICEL L. CUEVAS
Pyap President Bswf Coordinator
The Pag-Asa Youth Association was awarded FIRST PLACE in the Philippines for this service project and was awarded FIRST PLACE in all of Southeast Asia for this project..
Both awards are for the year 2010. Congratulations and WELL DONE Pag-Asa!
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