May 24, 2024 12:40 am
Samaritan’s Purse commemorates World Water Day

Brent Kejr, a passionate engineer with a love for building and problem-solving, made the decision to return to the United States three years ago to work for Samaritan’s Purse. This global organization focuses on providing clean drinking water to people in need, utilizing various technologies and filter systems to make water accessible in any circumstance. Some filters are even powered by solar panels and can be permanently left in countries to provide sustained access to clean water.

In his role as an engineer at Samaritan’s Purse, Kejr contributes to the design of equipment used worldwide to supply clean drinking water. His first deployment was in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, where he helped set up water systems for emergency field hospitals. Kejr has also worked in Ukraine, setting up water systems for different parts of the world. The organization has mobile units that can be transported anywhere and connected to water sources to filter and make it drinkable. With access to fresh water, one unit can provide clean water for up to 10,000 people daily. Additionally, they have small filters specifically designed for field hospitals to ensure that patients have clean water for care and surgeries.

According to Kejr, the primary aim of Samaritan’s Purse is to prevent disease outbreaks through the provision of safe water. Deputy Director David Phillips emphasizes that access to clean water is essential for life and that the organization must always be prepared to act swiftly in any situation. For example, in places like Ukraine where conflict disrupted the water infrastructure, Samaritan’s Purse drilled wells to provide sustained access to clean water throughout the community. The organization’s consistent objective is clear: To supply safe drinking water in response to any disaster because it is a fundamental necessity.

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