Barbuda and Hurricane Irma
A few weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to serve with Samaritans Purse (a non-profit Christian organization) in cooperation with Engineering Ministries International in Barbuda in the island nation of Antigua/Barbuda in the Caribbean. Barbuda with a population of 1,800 was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September with 185 MPH winds and left the island uninhabitable. The storm left the island with no power grid or clean drinking water. All wells and cisterns were contaminated by the storm surge. We were shuttled by Cessna or DC-3 plane from Antigua to Barbuda daily (about a 20 minute flight) since there was no accommodations on Barbuda. Slowly but surely the tiny island is coming back to life with the assistance of volunteers and government workers. Through Samaritans Purse we were able to provide safe, clean drinking water through the use of portable reverse osmosis (RO) machines. These machines had portable generators working off of diesel motors. We were able to take seawater and produce clean drinking water at 90 gallons per hour per RO machine and store them in clean storage tanks for distribution to the 150-200 people that now occupy the island. Thanks to the generosity of the American people and many other countries, Barbuda is now showing signs of some vitality. Below are some photographs taken during my stay there.