NY City Lens:"Helping Hands Reach Out to Flint Residents" - Islamic Relief USA

Almost 600 volunteers from the aid agency Islamic Relief USA distributed truckloads of water bottles over the past two months to residents of Flint, Michigan, a city in a state of emergency due to its contaminated drinking water.

The group, a humanitarian aid agency, has joined other Muslim organizations and the American Red Cross in supplying clean drinking water, filters, and deployed teams of health workers to take blood tests and provide educational material to residents about the hazardous lead in the water.

A generous donation of $100,000 by Islamic Relief USA purchased over 300,000 bottles of drinking water for the community in Flint. The organization donated one case of water to each family every week over the six-week distribution.

“A single bottle of water can save a life,” said Waleed Gabr, Islamic Relief USA’s, New York regional manager.

Lead in the drinking water has caused a major health emergency in Flint. The contamination is a result of a catastrophic decision taken two years ago to change the city’s water supply from Detroit River to the Flint River. Despite the city’s efforts to return to the Detroit water system in October 2015, tests conducted in January 2016 still indicate unhealthy lead levels in the water. For now, the residents cannot rely on clean water from the taps.

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