Empower Communities to Sustainably Provide Safe Water
We provide training, tools, and mentoring to equip teams to provide safe water to their communities.
1. How to teach others to construct household water purification systems (CAWST’s Biosand filter Project Implementation Workshop)
2. Managing a small business to thrive economically and fulfill mission (Social Venture 101)
3. How to teach people how to sell biosand filters (Community Health Agent Train the Trainers)
Biosand filter moulds
Initial supply of raw materials (subsequent materials are purchased with revenue from biosand filter sales)
Monthly reporting and technical support
Annual visits to project sites
Involvement in Africa Biosand Filter Implementers Network (ABINET)
We work with grassroots communities to build local capacity, provide meaningful employment, and to empower these communities to help their neighbours
The projects use a sustainable technology (biosand filters) that do not require energy or chemicals to operate, are easy to maintain, and can be constructed locally with locally available materials.
Project use a self-supporting delivery model wherein wages, materials, and other costs are recovered through the sale of biosand filters
Customers also benefit financially as the cost of a biosand filter is typically lower than their present expenditures on medicine and time lost from work due to water related illnesses
A billion people don’t have access to safe water. They have water; it just isn't safe to drink. Water related illnesses in the areas of the projects include cholera, typhoid, dysentery, amoeba, and worms (guinea worms, hook worms, etc.).
Purifying the water prior to consumption protects against water related illnesses
The Safe Water Project’s first biosand filter was installed at St. Bartholomew orphanage in Kajo Keji, South Sudan. Prior to receiving the biosand filter, the widows association that ran the orphanage had to walk 3 miles to the nearest source of safe water
With the biosand filter, they could purify the creek water that ran beside the orphanage