Through Lynn's expertise, and his personal and professional experience, different avenues of service to Hope Manifest clients continue to be discovered with each new partnering organization. Click on the following examples to learn more:
Powering Clean Water
The third world problem of insufficient potable water is well documented, but what is being done to help solve the problem? Hope Manifest has made it a priority project collaborating with clients leveraging hometown resources.
From systemic challenges in third world countries to natural disasters in underdeveloped areas, safe drinking water is a major challenge. Contaminated water can be transformed to safe drinking water using portable chlorinators to remove bacteria which kills two million people every year. But the chlorinators present their own challenges, one of which is how to efficiently power them. The conventional approach to the 12-volt chlorinators has been the use of car batteries of the same voltage. But this solution causes its own challenges as cost and the sheer weight of the batteries limits their availability where they are needed.
Hope Manifest's Technical Advisor Lynn Smith has come up with an answer working with a team of fellow Samford University alumni. Their solution is to modify and utilize power supplies from donated computers which are compatible with the power infrastructure in many of these locations. The conversion of the power supplies provides an innovative, efficient and inexpensive solution to the chlorinators' power challenge.
This project is an outstanding example of how Hope Manifest can help lead a collaborative effort to solve problems with innovative solutions. For more information on the collaborative effort behind the development of the power supply, click here for an article from Samford University's Seasons Magazine.
Clean Water Training
For several years, Lynn Smith has worked directly with WaterStep (formerly EDGE OUTREACH) to support their work in Water Purification Training and Hand Pump Repair Training. From Haiti (following the 2010 earthquake) to Peru and Malawi to India, Lynn has installed water purification systems and trained indigenous leaders to repair broken hand pumps, leaving the tools needed to sustain the work behind with those equipped to use them.
By using appropriate technology and training, WaterStep empowers volunteers and humanitarian professionals with the ability to assist communities with sustainable water solutions.
Most recently, Lynn also works directly with MedWater, providing access to safe water in collaboration with community health clinics.
The MedWater model was created to leverage the synergy of collaboration between global health medical care and safe water solutions. MedWater is made up of experienced water specialists whose knowledge, understanding, and skills are purposed to increase access to safe water where needed. Currently they are working with communities served by Timmy Global Health in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador.
Solutions to Developing World Technology Issues
Too many women and children in the developing world walk long distances every day to get water for their families. In conjunction with WaterStep's WaterBall initiative, Lynn conceptualized and created the PVC handling mechanism that attaches to the WaterBall, giving its handler maximum maneuverability. Click here for more information.
Local Community Volunteerism
Not only does the organization exist as a venue for woodworking hobbyists to refine their skills, members also use their talent and craftsmanship for the benefit of others. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham, the Alabama Woodworkers Guild is able to provide children who are patients at Children’s Hospital of Alabama with toys made throughout the year by the hands of its members. As a weekly volunteer, Lynn Smith is a vital member of this organization, contributing to the nearly 20,000 toys being made each year.
Habitat For Humanity
As a Foreman/Team Leader, Lynn also volunteers his time and expertise with Habitat for Humanity. For the last six years, when Lynn is not repairing hand pumps or installing water chlorinators in remote areas of the world — or training others to do the same — he can be found each Thursday on a local Birmingham Habitat site helping to provide housing for those in need.