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Water Missions International

Staff Pick

In July, City Paper Web Editor Joshua Curry traveled to Haiti to teach photography to disadvantaged children in towns that had been ravaged by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake of January 2010. While he was there, he caught a glimpse of one of the worst aftershocks of the disaster: Clean drinking water, already in short supply, had been compromised by a massive outbreak of cholera, possibly introduced by the very people who had arrived in the country to help. Enter Water Missions International, a Christian nonprofit organization based in Charleston. Operating out of the back end of a former grocery store in West Ashley, WMI helps solve the world's worst water crises — in countries including Mexico, Malawi, Honduras, and Indonesia — with filtration and chlorination systems assembled by a team of volunteers. As of January, the cholera epidemic had infected 500,000 people and killed 7,000. WMI is still on the ground fighting back.

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