My wife and I recently returned from the Dominican Republic. We were on a Wine to Water (W2W) support trip with 16 other volunteers from Nebraska, Washington DC and North Carolina. We spent a week learning about the worldwide water crisis and what W2W was doing to alleviate the crisis.
You may not know much about W2W or Doc Hendley the founder. Here is a short video about him and his being nominated for Hero of the Year by CNN.
While we were there we learned how to make the filters and then worked half-days in the plant making the filters. The filters cost $50 to make and are sold for $3 to people. The fee is charged to encourage them to take care of and use the filters. One picture shows the inside of the filter made of sand, clay, sawdust and liquid silver. The filters are fired in a kiln and when done the sawdust is burned leaving small passage ways for the water to flow through. The silver is added to kill off germs and bacteria.
This a link to a blog by Brent Fewell one of the participants on our trip and a member of the W2W Executive Board. His article explains the water crisis and covers his impressions of the trip.
This is a short video of a woman receiving one of the W|W filters. We spent a day visiting the homes of people that had purchased the filters to see if they were using them, taking care of them and if they felt they were healthier as a result of using them.
The following facts come from the website "Charity Water". 663 million people live without clean drinking water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week. In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking to get water. You can help them by donating to Hippo Roller . This marvelous invention allows a person to easily transport 90 liters of water.