Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Project Portfolio

Hurricanes Irma and Maria Response

In 2017, the Caribbean saw great devastation due primarily to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, both of which reached Category 5 intensity. EMI partnered with Samaritan’s Purse (SP) to deliver WASH resources to survivors in both Barbuda and Puerto Rico.  

EMI sent 5 engineers to run mobile reverse osmosis water treatment systems on the island of Barbuda. These volunteers deployed on a staggered timeline in order to provide treated water for a total of 3 months before training and handing off the operations to nationals. The systems encountered many issues and required daily problem solving. In addition to these efforts, one volunteer was able to go door to door, inspecting personal cisterns and wells, providing cleaning guidance and distributing sawyer filters. Thanks to these efforts, the residents were able to start rebuilding their lives on the island.  

In Puerto Rico, the EMI-SP team provided WASH assessments and support to 14 smaller water systems. Services included assessing what is needed to restore potable water to these systems as well as some schematic designs with material lists. With some systems where potable water wasn't accesible, training and Sawyer filters were provided. Two chlorination systems were also installed.

The three RO systems shown were sourced by sea water.