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Dec
23

Discussion with Dr. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru

On December 2, 2008, Jacqueline Chan and Averill Strasser had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Alejandro Toledo, former President of Peru, about the work of Water Charity. Dr. Toledo was the democratically elected President of Peru from 2001 to 2006. He has not denied reports that he may again run for the Presidency in 2011. Dr. Toledo was in Los Angeles on a leg of a 30-day speaking tour. He is a Goodwill Ambassador of the More Peace Corps Campaign, an initiative of the National... + read more
Dec
20

Water Charity Partnership with Peace Corps in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

After Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated from Bolivia in September, 2008, it became necessary for Water Charity to put several projects which were underway there on hold. We were then left with the capacity to undertake additional projects elsewhere. In December, we traveled to Central America and met with representatives of the Peace Corps in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In each country, we discussed new procedures for working with Volunteers in the field, and we have... + read more
Filter Project for Garbage Dump Workers - Guatemala
Dec
20

Filter Project for Garbage Dump Workers - Guatemala

In December, Water Charity began a program to provide water filters to the families that work in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. We will be working in conjunction with Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), a nonprofit organization that does extensive work with this population. Safe Passage works with the poorest at-risk children of families working in the garbage dump. They provide a comprehensive and integrated program that fosters hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency... + read more
Dec
20

BioSand Filter Project in Guatemala

We went to Guatemala in December to implement the first of a number of BioSand filter projects. BioSand technology has been proven worldwide over many years. It involves a container to hold several grades of sand, plus a biological layer that forms on the top. Once set up, contaminated water can be poured in, and clean water emerges from the bottom. The filters will be placed in individual households. Up to 75 gallons a day of clean water can be made each day, enough for a family of 8... + read more
Dec
20

Friends of Water Charity Fundraising Initiatives

We are extremely grateful for the efforts being put forth by groups that undertake the task of raising funds to aid the work of Water Charity. We have decided to start a series of articles to highlight recent initiatives that are underway, follow their progress, and herald their successes. Elliot Marx Elliot Marx is President of the Environment Club at Bella Vista High School, in Fair Oaks, California. Elliot started an initiative to benefit Water Charity, as well as the Environment... + read more
Choquechampi Reservoir Project  - Bolivia
Nov
01

Choquechampi Reservoir Project - Bolivia

Water Charity is participating in a reservoir project underway in Choquechampi, Bolivia. The project is being carried out by Mano a Mano International Partners, through its counterpart subsidiary organization Mano a Mano – Nuevo Mundo. Bolivia has been badly affected by climate change. Many areas have been dependent for drinking water and agriculture on runoff from the melting icepacks in the mountains. The warming climate has resulted in a large decrease in the available water. The... + read more
Oct
31

Successful Water Charity Benefit - Rockin’ the Spot

On November 8, 2008, Rockin’ the Spot produced a fundraising benefit to help Water Charity. The event was held in Interlaken, Switzerland, at the Caverne. It featured Churchhill, DJ Color and other DJs. This is a picture from the event. Check out the Rockin' the Spot MySpace page. Here is a video of Churchhill.
Oct
31

Running Dry, an Urgent Need

“Running Dry” is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. The projects centerpieces are two explosive and enlightening in-depth documentaries. “Running Dry”, and “Running Dry: The American Southwest”. The project was inspired by former U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s book “Tapped Out”, the coming world crisis in water and what we can do about it. Water Charity is an international organization... + read more
Oct
31

Safer water, better health

Authors: Prüss-Üstün, Annette; Bos, Robert; Gore, Fiona; Bartram, Jamie Number of pages: 53 Publication date: 2008 Language: English Download the report [pdf 2.6Mb] Lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains one of the world’s most urgent health issues. A new WHO report shows that a staggering 9.1% of the total global burden of disease could be prevented by improving access to clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene. In 32 worst-affected countries, the figure... + read more
Oct
31

IWA-WHO Journal of Water and Health

Free access is available to the latest issue of the Journal of Water and Health, a joint venture between the International Water Association and the World Health Organization. The journal represents a joint commitment to promote high quality research and practice across the full range of challenges to harnessing water for health in developing and developed countries alike. You can access it at http://www.iwaponline.com/jwh/005/1/default.htm

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