“There’s a lot of effort that’s on a personal level, and at the end of the day you’re picking your favorites, and the cost per person is quite high,” he said. “But people can provide safe water for less than a penny per person per day.”
While McGuire said monetary donations are helpful, the most important thing is coordinating with missionaries to find places that need the most help.
“For every man hour that is spent building the purifier, there are probably 20 man or woman hours getting these to people, training, doing follow ups, educating,” he said.
He said the missionaries spend a lot of time training people about hygiene and protection against diseases such as AIDS. He said many people do not even realize that the water is a problem.