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Central Coast students rally to help Nepal earthquake survivors


A Santa Barbara-based group recently sent a water purification system to Nepal that can provide enough clean water daily for 25-thousand people.

The local non-profit called Hands-4-Others (H4O) is made up of young people, mostly students, from Santa Barbara and other parts of California.  

H40 had their annual fundraising event just weeks before the Nepal earthquake. Funds from that event combined with immediate fundraising efforts by their members allowed them to ship off the purification system.

They're now working on sending a second one.

SpencerDusebout is the president and founder of H4O and says these systems are easy to transport and they work well in crisis situations.

"You're not digging a well. You're not just shipping in bottled water, which is totally not sustainable," said Dusebout.

"You're taking a proven system that can take dirty water and turn [it] into clean water that's even up to U.S. standards."

Dusebout says the system should be up and running in a week or less.