Haiti continues to improve while much remains to be done. Training new plumbers is a critical part of establishing new infrastructure. Read about Fred Schilling’s continuing mission…OFFICIAL story – winter 2014 no 1
Returning from a life-changing journey to Ethiopia, along with a diverse team of volunteer doctors, and medical professionals from the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO), Fred Volkers and Domenico DiGregorio embarked on the initial phase of implementing several plumbing infrastructure improvements in local medical facilities.
As we described in our last post, the unthinkable conditions at Black Lion hospital in Addis Ababa, as well as the urgent need for a Dialysis facility in a nearby hospital, captured our attention, both from a human standpoint, but especially as plumbers….we knew we could make a difference.
Standing face-to-face with many hopeful dialysis patients, who we knew would die without this life-saving equipment, our quest was clear and our resolve strengthened.
Thanks to Fred Volkers and Stirrett Johnsen Mechanical Contractors (Seattle), arrangements are underway for procuring the equipment needed to build and set up a shipping container-ized dialysis facility, which can be installed (plug & play) upon arrival to Ethiopia. Read Dom’s letter about the trip: Seattle to Ethiopia
Volunteer Plumbers will be joining a diverse team of doctors, nurses, medical technicians, dialysis specialists and other professionals headed to Ethiopia in support of a great Seattle grass-roots organization, the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach group. The patients of Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa have already benefited greatly from their previous trips, and await their return with happy anticipation. Read our recent announcement: Plumbers-and-Doctors-Teamwork-Promoting-Health
by KING 5 News KING5.com
Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new partnership to improve water security. Announced in March 2012, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world.
We want to share with you that one of our members, Fred C. Schilling, a Certified Master Plumber, Backflow Tester and Backflow Repair technician in Florida, is headed to Haiti next week May 9th, 2012, to work with Water for Humans (www.waterforhumans.org) on a water-purification system.
Our hats off to Fred, as well as our heartfelt Thanks for his deep personal concern and willingness to serve in the collective effort to help bring some relief to the people of Haiti, suffering from drinking contaminated water and lack of sanitation.
Frederick C Schilling Jr., born at “Flushing Hospital” in New York, (1949) is an interesting origin for someone whom would span six decades dedicated to the “Art” of being a Plumber.
Fred began his formal Plumbing training as a U. S. Air Force Plumber, at Port Hueneme California, with the Navy Seabees and Air Force Civil Engineering. In 1969, he was assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, spending over a year working hand in hand with Korean Nationals, many of them, women (some with infants strapped to their backs) constructing new Plumbing Installations.
He became a member of the U. S. Air Force “Red Horse” Combat Construction Squadron which stands for ‘Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Engineers’.
“This 2012 UN-Water GLAAS provides further reason for vigilance—resources are neither targeted nor apparently sufficient to sustain routine operation and maintenance of water and sanitation services. Thus, there is a serious risk of slipping backwards on gains already made. The analysis emerging from UN-Water GLAAS also helps to identify the reasons behind the disparities in access to sanitation and drinking-water among different regions, communities and income groups.” read more at the World Health Organization website…..
The World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council present this publication on health aspects of plumbing noting that sustainable health, especially for children, is not possible without access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation facilities.