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“If I get sick from this I’m going to punch Bradley in the teeth”

“If I get sick from this I’m going to punch Bradley in the teeth”

Peg Peters from Run for Water was recently distributing Tapp filters in Ethiopia, when he came across some truly foul water. Peg grew up in Ethiopia, but he said this is the worst water he has ever seen! Undeterred, he realized it was a perfect chance to show Tapp in action. He filtered some of the water that looked like brown paint, and showed his team how Tapp makes it crystal clear. His team was surprised when he took the Tapp water and drank it down - they said most charities aren't willing to drink from the water systems they bring. With a smile Peg said "Well if I get sick from this...

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Redemption Songs

Bradley Pierik A colleague and I were driving through the Haitian countryside with Enoch, our host and dear friend, after an intense week in the mountain villages. Bob Marley’s voice came through the stereo. Old pirates, yes they rob I, sold I to the merchant shipsMinutes after they took I from the bottomless pitBut my hand was made strong by the hand of the AlmightyWe forward in this generation triumphantlyWon't you help to sing these songs of freedomCause all I ever have, redemption songs For the first time I realized what these words mean. I was kidnapped and sold. But my hand...

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Simplicity on the other side of complexity

Yesterday in the middle of a long and meandering conversation, a friend said what he likes about Tapp is that we have found simplicity on the other side of complexity. Boom. This came out of nowhere and hit me on an emotional level, even before my analytical brain could parse what it means. With Tapp we have found simplicity on the other side of complexity. (The internet attributes this to a bunch of people so I’m not sure who I’m plagiarizing… perhaps Oliver Wendell Holmes.) We all get that simplicity is important, but (ironically) I think we oversimplify what that means. The strength...

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“Development work here can’t be done by outsiders”

“Development work here can’t be done by outsiders”

I recently brought a small group from Canada to visit my dear friend Enoch Firmin at his home in northern Haiti. It was a "learning trip" to immerse ourselves in Haitian life and to see Enoch's work at Lecol Dlo (Water School, a Haitian charity). One morning Enoch was telling us about what he has seen work and fail in the international community's efforts to improve the quality of life in Haiti:

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Haiti: A First-timer’s Account

Haiti: A First-timer’s Account

Ray Torresan I have never been to a developing country before. And, to be honest, it wasn’t really all that high on my to-do list either. So when Bradley asked me to join him on his next trip to Haiti, I surprised myself when I quickly answered, “Sure, love to!” Not sure why exactly, though I suspect it probably had a lot to do with hearing Bradley talk so often about how much his community work has meant to him. As Bradley likes to say: “C’mon and see how the real world lives.”

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Where the Streets Have No Name – and the Kids Don’t Either

Where the Streets Have No Name – and the Kids Don’t Either

My mom has a picture of me at 3 years old, climbing awkwardly into a small puddle of water I had found, with a big excited smile on my face. The prophetic caption comments, “If there is water to play in, Bradley will find it.”

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