Flint Water Mission
Midday on January 27th, four men greeted each other in a small parking lot in East Point, Georgia. Some of them knew each other, some did not but they were about to take what would end up being a 14 hour trip in two vehicles to meet some other people they had never personally met before.
They would be driving one rented car and one donated truck, filled with tons of donated water packed by volunteer labor. Less than ten days after celebrating the “Drum Major for Justice,” Martin Luther King, Jr., Terence Lester, Traymone Deadwyler, Benjamin McQuery and Adeoti Oguntoye from One World Link drove bottled water from difference sources and different type; spring, distilled, artesian...
There were about 10,000 bottles but one hour after they started distributing them at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan, the truck was almost empty. If the group hadn’t limited the amount given to each family to two cases, all the water would have been gone in half that time.
The 10,000 cases were barely a proverbial drop in the bucket for what was needed for daily, drinking, washing, cooking and other tasks for the 100,000 residents of Flint. The residents knew that but so did the group bringing the water. You see, what the group was really bringing was a statement of hope and solidarity from the people of metro Atlanta
The Michigan water table in general has pristine water. It wasn’t the water that was contaminated. It was the pipes made of lead that carried the water to the every resident’s homes. The effects of long term lead poisoning are well documented. Cognitive and health deficiencies abound. So, the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan is tragic.
We know that our journey to Flint was not a one-time solution. But we will go again because our brothers and sisters need us in the short term. Pipes that could have been replaced years ago will probably be replaced over the summer when the ground thaws out. But in the meantime people need water and other supplies.
We appreciate any donations and partnerships. Consider sending tax deductible donations for filters and rain barrels along with other needs at www.oneworldlink.org
One World Link has a mission of bringing the world together, one community at a time. In accordance with this mission we have facilitated educational mission trips to non-traditional destinations to increase understanding between people.
Adeoti Oguntoye | Executive Director, One World Link
See video footage of our January 27, 2016 trip to Flint, Michigan.