Water Charity’s Filters For Life Initiative – Worldwide Water Filter Distribution Program

Water Charity’s Filters For Life Initiative – Worldwide Water Filter Distribution Program

Water Charity’s Filters For Life Initiative – Worldwide Water Filter Distribution Program

Filters For Life Program - Worldwide

With new developments in filter technology, we can now provide needy communities with long-lasting, effective water filters that can provide up to 2000 gallons of water a day… for a reasonable price.

We are very excited about this program, which will include individual projects all over the world. The need for these filters is great, and there is almost no limit to the number of wonderful new filters we can distribute as the funds become available.

Trying the Filtered Water

Keep in mind:

  • 80% of all disease is water-borne
  • Lack of clean drinking water is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness
  • 6.3 million children under the age of five died in 2013

As an addition to our current roster of successful programs in water and sanitation, which have included well drilling, rainwater catchment, toilet and handwashing station construction, emergency relief, reforestation efforts and more–including a good number of filter projects–as well as our acclaimed Appropriate Projects initiative, this new program will be an umbrella for our worldwide push to get these new filters into the hands of those people who desperately need them. It will include all relevant projects, large and small… thus enabling people to donate to the overall effort.

There is no need for these statistics to be true anymore. We have all the tools we need to completely eliminate this suffering and waste of life. The predominant victims of this terrible situation are young children. These kids deserve a chance.

The projects in this program will be upwardly scalable, and as such, the more money we can raise, the more filters we can give out. Instead of creating and packaging the individual filter delivery projects one by one and funding them separately, it makes sense to raise as much money as possible and keep the filters flowing. In this way, we can also get larger grants from foundations and concerned organizations. We fully expect that this program will grow into the largest thing we have done.

For those interested in the filter technology we are presently proposing, please feel free to go to the Sawyer website and peruse the relevant materials. We will be implementing primarily their Point One filter, but for hospitals, clinics and other sites we will also be making the Point Zero Two purifier available. [note: normally viruses are not a major issue for drinking water.]

This is an exciting program, and we hope you will see the need for it and join in. Water Charity is currently active in over 60 countries around the world. As the money comes in we will take the Filters for Life – Worldwide program into all of them and beyond.

If there are certain regions where you are especially interested in helping, it will be possible to donate specifically for those countries or areas. Just send us a message with your donation. However, we are hoping people will recognize that a general donation to the program itself will be the most effective way to get the maximum number of filters out in the shortest amount of time.

We are water… literally. The human body is about 70% water by mass, and a typical human cell is composed of 98.73% water molecules.

Individual FFL projects in their entirety can be found HERE, and are listed at the bottom of THIS page.  Please consider supporting this monumental effort.

Filters being deployed in Pakistan Flooding
Ebeye Water Filter Distribution—The Marshall Islands 

Ebeye Water Filter Distribution—The Marshall Islands 

Ebeye Water Filter Distribution—The Marshall Islands 

This project has been completed. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

Since 2021, Water Charity has partnered with and supported Kora in Okrane (KIO), a non-profit charitable organization in the Marshall Islands, which in July 2018 launched an initiative to provide every single household, school, and dispensary in the outer islands with SAWYER Point One Water Filter Systems. 

Water Charity is one among a number of partners that have been supporting the KIO’s initiatives including the United Nations Development Program and GEF Program, RMI government, SDG Committee, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce, Environmental Protection Authority, and Women United Together Marshall Islands.

Since 2018, KIO distributed filters to all the outer Islands. Its partnership with Water Charity will help KIO reach the last urban areas in the Marshall Islands. In 2021, the last remaining areas left to distribute water filtration systems were Majuro and Ebeye.

After completing Majuro, KIO started Phase 2 with the Launch of the Ebeye Component. Ebeye has 10,000 residents and is the second most populated jurisdiction in the Marshalls. The team from Majuro joined members on Ebeye for a week in early March, to train the women volunteers and conduct community consultations.

It was serendipitous timing because, on April 19th, 2022, the Ebeye Hospital Syndromic Surveillance reported of a diarrheal outbreak. The laboratory department confirmed the presence of  Entamoeba Cysts (E‐cysts): a microscopic parasite that spreads through human feces and causes diarrhea, nausea, and weight loss.

A landmark child nutrition survey in 2017 by the Republic of Marshall Islands and UNICEF found serious malnutrition among Marshallese children, with stunting prevalent among one‐in‐three children, with links to poor sanitation and lack of clean water. Ebeye is known to be one of the most compactly populated places with no clean and safe water where waterborne diseases have been a pervasive threat.

The project allowed the distribution of water filters to eleven villages. Household-level surveys, as well as community-wide consultation and training, were conducted prior to distributing the filters.

Flood Emergency Relief—Pakistan

Flood Emergency Relief—Pakistan

Flood Emergency Relief—Pakistan

It is hard to comprehend the scale of the flood disaster in Pakistan, the 5th most populated nation in the world. Nearly 1600 dead, 1 million houses were damaged or destroyed, and over 60,000,000 people were displaced. 1/3 of the country is underwater. The extent of the August flooding in Pakistan was unprecedented.

As the floodwater slowly recedes, a new disaster is emerging as tens of thousands grapple with diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, dengue fever, cholera, and malaria. And it is the nation’s poorest that are most vulnerable.  Every day children die from dehydration or from diseases due to drinking contaminated water: like cholera, an acute diarrheal illness contracted by drinking water contaminated with bacteria.

More than 10 children die every day at the Mother and Child Healthcare Hospital in Pakistan’s Sindh province alone, according to doctors at the facility – all from water-related ailments stemming from this summer’s devastating floods.

Moreover, there are an estimated 650,000 pregnant women without homes or access to healthcare, with around 100,000 due within the month of October.

“Many children are not even reaching hospitals because the medical facilities they could access are either underwater or just not accessible,” said Aadarsh Leghari, UNICEF’s Communication Officer in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s residents are at extreme risk of waterborne diseases and need support immediately.  Water Charity, along with partners Wine to Water and Sawyer International, as well as the cooperation and coordination of our Liberia team, has funded the distribution of thousands of Sawyer (hollow-membrane) water filters to the affected regions in Pakistan. Please use the button below to donate to our efforts in providing water filters to those suffering in the aftermath of the floods in Pakistan. The more we can send, the more lives we can save.

Water For Everyone — Klamath

Water For Everyone — Klamath

Water For Everyone — Klamath

At the end of July, after working with the Yurok tribe in the past, Water Charity heard that some of its members were served a boil water notice. The water was not safe to drink without boiling it.

Working with Sawyer Water Filters, Water Charity ensured that every household on the Yurok Reservation received a filter for their tap; more than 900 Yurok households received water faucet-attached filters.

The filters are capable of filtering up to 500 gallons of water per day. Filters were installed for Yurok tribal members in Klamath as well as upriver in Weitchpec.

The contamination stems from the conditions of the district’s water storage tank in Klamath. The tank had been severely damaged in 2017 when part of a dead tree fell on its roof.

The Yurok Tribe, citing the State Water Resources Control Board, stated the tank’s condition “creates a significant sanitary risk to the drinking water customers.”

See Our Past Work with the Yurok Tribe by clicking here or on the image below.

Water for Everyone – The Marshall Islands

Water for Everyone – The Marshall Islands

Water for Everyone – The Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) comprises a series of 29 coral atolls and five islands in the Pacific just north of the equator. This tiny republic of some 53,000 inhabitants has major water supply challenges, particularly on the two main islands, Majuro (28,000 people in 970 ha at 6.8 people per household) and Ebeye, (10,000 people in 40 ha at 8.4 people per household).

The Marshall Islands were a Spanish colony until they became a German protectorate in the late 1800s. During WWI, Japan occupied the Marshall Islands. After the war, Germany was forced to renounce all of its Pacific possessions, including the Marshall Islands. In 1920, the League of Nations approved the South Seas Mandate for Japan to take over all former German colonies in the Pacific. During WWII, in 1944, The United States invaded and occupied the islands. Following capture and occupation by the United States, the Marshall Islands, along with several other island groups located in Micronesia, passed formally to the United States in 1947.

From 1946 to 1958, the early years of the Cold War, the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons at its Pacific Proving Grounds located in the Marshall Islands. In 1956, the U.S. Atomic Energy commission regarded the Marshall Islands as “by far the most contaminated place in the world.” In 1979, the Government of the Marshall Islands was officially established and the country became self-governing. With climate change, rising sea levels are now threatening the islands. 

RMI’s Water Problems

For the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) as a whole, the supply of natural freshwater is severely limited. The primary source of freshwater is rain which (due to the low elevation of the atolls and islands) soaks directly into the soil and disperses into saltwater which permeates atoll subsoils. In some favorable locations some of the freshwater may accumulate and float on the saltwater below and can be accessed with wells. The major issues and concerns related to overall water management in the RMI are insufficient quantity. Various studies have identified that Majuro’s current 36.5 million gallon reservoir capacity as insufficient and should be doubled in order to help meet growing demand.

The two main water utilities, MWSC on Majuro and Kajur on Ebeye, continue to face great challenges in delivering quality water and services on a consistent and reliable basis. Contamination and pollution are real and present threats to water resources everywhere, including in the water systems, in the groundwater (especially in urban areas), in household catchments, and in coastal areas. For Outer Island households, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has dramatically increased its water quality testing in recent years and has revealed that a high percentage of home water catchments are contaminated, this also is the case in the urban centers. This, in turn, supports the data that show a high and increasing prevalence of water-borne diseases.

Contaminated Water & Health Outcomes

Recent surveys by EPA states high levels of contamination in water catchments across many outer island communities and while methods of treatment are taught at the household level, many are still drinking water straight from the source. As a result, Gastroenteritis is rampant in the Marshall Islands and is the third leading cause of hospital visits for children under the age of 5. Similarly, the RMI has seen outbreaks of Cholera, Typhoid, and Conjunctivitis in the recent past yet little national effort has been made to address and improve water quality in the RMI for both urban and outer island communities.

Water Charity Partners with Kora in Okrane

Water Charity has partnered with and supported Kora in Okrane (KIO), a non-profit charitable organization in the Marshall Islands, which in July 2018 launched an initiative to provide every single household, school, and dispensary in the outer islands with SAWYER Point One Water Filter Systems.

Water Charity is one among a number of partners that have been supporting the KIO’s initiatives including the United Nations Development Program and GEF Program, RMI government, SDG Committee, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce, Environmental Protection Authority, and Women United Together Marshall Islands.

Since 2018, KIO distributed filters to all the outer Islands. Its partnership with Water Charity will help KIO reach the last urban areas in the Marshall Islands: the last remaining areas left to distribute water filtration systems are Majuro and Ebeye.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

Donate to the WFE Marshal Program.  Picture contains link to donate page.
Yurok Nation Water Filter Project – Northern California

Yurok Nation Water Filter Project – Northern California

Yurok Nation Water Filter Project – Northern California

This project is made possible with the partnership of Water Charity & The Yurok Nation

Yurok Nation, Humboldt County, Northwest California, USA
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Community Description

Yurok Indian Reservation is located from the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in the Village of Weych-pues (Weitchpec) and follows the Klamath into the ocean at the village of Requa (part of the town of Klamath) in what is now Humboldt & Del Norte Counties in Northwest California. Many of the Pu-lik-lah or Yurok People’s Ancestral Territory included villages here on the River as well as on the Pacific Coast from what is now Little River (close to town of McKinleyville, CA) to Damnation Creek (just north of Klamath, CA). 

The Reservation is approximately 350 miles north of San Francisco and approximately 450 miles south of Portland, OR. The upper ancestral territory shares boundaries with two other Tribes; the Karuk People that live along the Klamath and the Hupa who live on the Trinity River. The lower portion of the reservation neighbors villages of the Tolowa People to the North and Wiyot to the south on the coast. Yuroks also neighbored with the Chilula People of the Redwood Creek watershed. Significant bodies of water within Yurok Ancestral Territory include the Rivers, its many tributaries, approximately 3 lagoons, and the Pacific Ocean. The coastal Redwood rainforest is one of the most integral parts to the ways of life for Yurok and the other Tribal groups in the region. The dugout canoes were the main mode of transportation as the Klamath River was the original "highway" system. 

"Currently threatening their way of life as there are four hydroelectric dams (Copco 1 & 2, JC Boyle, and Iron Gate) on the Klamath River and two on the Trinity River (Trinity, Lewiston). The communities in the Klamath - Trinity basins are actively advocating for the removal of these dams and transition away from this type of obsolete infrastructure. 
Problem Addressed

The Yurok Tribe issued a boil water notice in July 2018 warning of potential presence of E. coli in the four community water systems on the upper reservation and has not since been lifted. While the Tribe continues to actively pursue funding to improve the current system, many challenges continue to leave Tribal citizens and local community members out of the assurance to clean water or no water at all. 

The presence of illegal dumping, lack of control of cattle and unregulated heavy-pesticide marijuana grows adjacent to the community systems create a direct threat to the community’s well being especially young families and elders. Additionally, reliability in these systems needs much improvement but when the water goes out people being using the creeks more often. Filters can prevent people from getting sick from exposure to contaminants in the tributaries in future system failures. The immediate need is in distributing water filters to households on the upper portion of the reservation specifically people who rely on one of the four community water systems listed above (Wautec, Ke’pel, Kenek, Weitchpec). 

The Pu-lik-lah or Yurok People have lived along the Klamath River since time immemorial. However, with the spread of the Doctrine of Discovery, many of our Tribal citizens continue to face challenges in health, shelter, and ways to balance their costs of living. Primarily depending on the fish, deer, and acorns life on the Lower Klamath has always been from the Rivers to the Ridges. The Yurok Ancestral lands are just as diverse as the People. With the upper portion of the lands being much more seasonal with freezing winters and hot summers while the downriver and coastal portions of the homelands are much more wet, welcoming fog and rain on a daily basis. Because the areas are so isolated, the need for individual and system-wide back up plans for clean water are crucial. 

Project Description 

Water Charity has sent a large number of Sawyer hollow membrane filters to the Yurok Indian Reservation.  We are currently arranging for their distribution through our friend Isaac Kinney, who lives on the YIR.  A number of tribal members are being conscripted to help install the filters with the households currently dealing with "boil water notices." They will also demonstrate the proper use of the filters and ensure that they are maintained.  With a small amount of backflushing, these filters can last nearly forever.  They are guaranteed for over 1 million gallons and/or 10 years, but in our experience, the only way they stop working is if you smash them or decide not to use them anymore. 

We plan on continuing to do projects of this kind with all of the native tribes in the region. Most of the Tribal communities in the region are subject to water shortages at some point in the year. Giving them the ability to easily clean the water from any source will give the people a greater degree of sovereignty, by allowing them to not be dependent on outside help, purchasing of drinking water from corporations that have taken local waters for profit, or reliant on insufficient water systems that currently exist.  The goal is to eventually make all their water systems first-class and reliable, but until that is possible we can at least eliminate the hardship of having to boil their water. 
Project Manager  
Isaac Kinney (Native Rights Advocate, Yurok Tribal Member) 

Isaac says: 

"Up until the Boarding school and Relocation times in our history, Yuroks have always lived in a village structure with over 50 villages along the Klamath and Pacific Coast. This gives us an inter-generational understanding that the health of these tributaries and aquifers will be the health of the plants, animals, and the people. Please join the Yurok People in advocating and directly improving these watersheds to continue the efforts for language empowerment, sustainable infrastructure development and improvement of health/wellness for all living along the rivers."  

Water Charity is committed to helping the Native American sovereign nations, and we plan on doing a good deal more of this work with Native Tribes across North America.  As with our recent Sioux Nations Disaster Relief Project - South Dakota (check it out).  Keep a lookout for more of this kind of work, and consider supporting us by donating money earmarked for "Native Project Use."  In this way, we can not only recoup the funds we spent out of pocket on these projects, but have a working fund with which to do more of the same in an expedient manner.  Water Charity is one of the only philanthropic groups that do projects immediately with our own money, and THEN go to find donors to "pay us back."  This allows us to be extraordinarily light on our feet, and respond to emergencies and disasters in real-time.  Most groups come up with a project, talk about it endlessly, then shop the proposals around for months or years before acquiring the funding to do anything whatsoever. By contributing to our Native American Water Aid fund, you can ensure that these projects are assessed, organized and completed as fast as possible and that our tribal brothers and sisters are not left waiting for months or years for projects that (all too often) never actually materialize. If you like what we are doing here on Yurok land now, help us do the same for the Hoopa & Karuk... the Modoc, the Wintu and the Pit River tribes, etc. etc.  Aho!  Mni Wiconi. 
Project Impact This project has impacted 700 - 800 people. 
This project has been completed. All the filters have been distributed. But boil water notices continue on the Klamath, and the neighboring tribes of the Karuk and the Hoopa are still in need of better water. We are now raising funds to expand this work to all three tribes! 

Fundraising Target $30,000 
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other Native American water & sanitation projects in the region.  Donations Collected to Date $2,200  

Dollar Amount Needed $ 27,800
Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3

This is a follow-up to two great projects completed in recent years in partnership with Safe Passage, a nonprofit operating in Guatemala City, to provide for the clean water needs of those living and working in Central America’s largest landfill, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump.

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3These garbage dump workers spend long days sorting through trash to find and sell recyclable items. They live in homes without running water and experience frequent health problems including gastrointestinal infections, parasites, and amoebas.

Safe Passage is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with operations in Guatemala City. The organization provides approximately 550 children with education, social services, and the chance to move beyond the poverty their families have faced for generations.

Water Charity partnered with Safe Passage in 2009 in the Project for Garbage Dump Workers of Guatemala. The goal was to improve the health of families participating in Safe Passage’s programs. 46 ceramic water filters from were provided to 42 women enrolled in the Adult Literacy program, as well as one small filter for the Literacy classroom and three large filters, one for the Early Education Center and two for the main Reinforcement Building.

In 2010, under the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 2, 35 ceramic filters were provided to new families. Safe Passage continued to work with the beneficiaries and provide education and training and to document the health benefits that have accrued from the consistent use of the filters.

In 2012, Water Charity recognized the evolving technology becoming available to purify contaminated water, and started the Filters for Life Program – Worldwide. The program uses the Sawyer filter technology, involving carbon nanotubes to remove all known pathogens, bacteria, cysts, protozoa, and even the smallest viruses. The filters have been proven to last for 10 years with minimal maintenance.

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3The efficacy of the technology has been shown in various locations, including in the recently completed Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines.

With a continually changing population in need of clean water, and in consideration of the success of the first two projects, it was recognized that it was time for another filter project it partnership with Safe Passage.

This new program is to assemble and deliver 50 Sawyer PointONE filters to families of children enrolled in the Safe Passage program.

The filters can be set up in a matter of seconds. They have a high flow rate, eliminating the need to store water, and reducing the chances of water being contaminated after it is filtered.

The program will provide safe water to over 300 people.

Recipient families will be trained in the use and maintenance of the filters as well as other aspects of hygiene and sanitation. Safe Passage will ensure that the filters are being used and maintained properly and will evaluate the health benefits that have been achieved.

This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle, of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

Additional donations for this effective and worthy project will go to other projects in Guatemala.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

Conclusion of San Juan Water Filter Project- Dominican Republic

Conclusion of San Juan Water Filter Project- Dominican Republic

Conclusion of San Juan Water Filter Project- Dominican Republic

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jocelyn Dorland.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was originally designed to be implemented by MUDE (Mujeres en Desarrollo) an NGO and INAPA (Instituto Nacional de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado).  They did not have the capability to install the filters. The Peace Corps office stepped in and took over the responsibility, assigning the project to Jocelyn Dorland.  This resulted in an extremely successful project in the Punta Larga community.

We would like to thank Jocelyn once again for stepping up and completing this project.  We also again extend our thanks to long-time supporters of Water Charity Michael and Carla Boyle for their generosity, which made this project possible.

Jocelyn reported the following results:

The community’s name is Punta Larga and it is part of the municipality of Cotui in the Dominican Republic. It is a small rural village of roughly 100 homes.  Their main source of income is cacao, which is the fruit that makes chocolate, and they used to harvest lots of coffee as well but recently the coffee crop has mostly dried up due to a plant illness and drought.

The greater majority of the working youth population has left the area to work in the tourism industry and therefore it is mostly the older generation and children that live in this community.

The filters we received from Water Charity were distributed among families that were considered eligible after executing a community-wide census that took into account: which homes exclusively used rain water as drinking water, homes that had no present form of filter, and homes that had many children. After collecting all the data, we made a list of eligible homes, held a community meeting, and distributed the filters to these families.  I received 48 filters to distribute.

The number of people who are receiving benefit was slightly more difficult to calculate because there are many families who are sharing filters and many people who pass through one’s home very frequently to drink water and pass the day, but the average number of persons within a “normal” Dominican home is 5. Using this as a guideline we can assume that at least 240 individuals are receiving benefit.

The filters are being used well. Most women use them daily and filter up to 5 gallons of water per day. The women using the filters are happy with the results and I have had no negative feedback thus far.


San Juan Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

San Juan Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

San Juan Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

16 communities in the San Juan Province, Dominican Republic, as set forth below

Community Description
San Juan is a Dominican province, in the western part of the Dominican Republic with a population of over 232,000. San Juan de la Maguana is the capital city and the largest city in the province, with a population of over 169,000, and is the 10th largest city in the country.

San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican RepublicProblem Addressed
The Dominican Republic is one of the highest consumers per capita of bottled water in the world, where people depend solely on bottled water for their drinking water consumption. In areas where there is no bottled water people drink “raw” untreated water.

For several years there have been attempts to provide safe drinking water to people in rural communities in the Dominican Republic using filters that range from slow sand filters to ceramic filters lined with a colloidal silver coating. In most cases, these filters have been very successful and have had an impact on reducing the gastrointestinal diseases caused by contaminated water. However, these filters use technologies that are often ineffective in removing all contaminants, may be difficult to install in isolated areas, are subject to breakage during transportation, have a limited service life, and require difficult maintenance.

Project Description
This project is to implement a clean drinking water filter project, to reduce gastrointestinal illness, in ten communities in the Dominican Republic. Fifty Sawyer PointONE filters will be installed to start the program.

Sawyer Products, Inc. has developed an innovative water filter that uses blood dialysis technology to filter water. They produce several models of which two, in particular, could provide a low-cost, dependable and sustainable solution for filtering water for drinking purposes; the Sawyer Point ZeroTWO and the PointONE Bucket Purifier Assembly Kits.

Both kits come with the filter and accessories to install a system in a five-gallon bucket. They also include a syringe that serves to backflush the filter when it clogs up. The filter can provide 170 gallons (560 liters) of drinkable water a day. It is expected to last ten years with proper backflushing.

There are two organizations (among others) in the Dominican Republic that have been working for more than 30 years with water programs in rural communities, MUDE (Mujeres en Desarrollo), and INAPA (Instituto Nacional de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado).

MUDE is a private very reputable NGO that has been working in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic for the past 33 years. They work in promoting women’s sustainability projects such as micro-financing, health, water sanitation, and income-generating activities. They have a regional office where the filter project will take place.

MUDE’s role in the project will be to select the communities, and the potential beneficiaries, collect an initial one-time fee, purchase the five-gallon buckets, deliver them to the communities, teach beneficiaries on how to put the valve on, and do the follow up for each filter.

INAPA is a government agency that manages most of the rural water systems in the Dominican Republic. With their main office in Santo Domingo, they have regional offices that provide technical support throughout the area.

INAPA’s role in the project will be to provide the laboratory facilities to test the water going into the filters as well as the filtered water. By having the INAPA monitor the filters, they will validate them to be used in future projects in the Dominican Republic.

Both organizations have development promoters living in communities throughout the country and have the infrastructure and logistics to implement and support the project.

Both organizations will select 10 communities where the drinking water quality is deficient or not available from the following 1ist of 16 communities:

San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican RepublicCanoa, Los Bancos, Cayucal, Sabana Alta, Guanito, La Zanja, El Cacheo, Hato del Padre, Punta de Caña, Arroyo Loro, Loma de Babor, Babor, El Hato, Cuenda, La Culata, and Perpetuo Socorro

In each one of those communities, they will install one filter in the local hospital or health post, two filters in the local schools, and two filters at a private family level.

After installation, the project will be evaluated to ascertain how the beneficiaries are using the filters during a three-month period, determine the quantity of water being filtered, the care and maintenance they provide to the unit, the effects in reducing gastrointestinal illness, and the potential the communities have to be self-sustainable in managing a larger project if it would be implemented.

To participate in the project each beneficiary will need to provide a one-time fee of $US 5 (RD$ 210), which will cover the purchase of a 5-gallon bucket, initial training costs, and follow-up.

The project is being implemented as part of Water Charity’s Filters for Life Program – Worldwide. Water Charity is providing the filters, delivered in Santo Domingo.

Project Impact
The project will benefit over 500 people.

Project Director
Timothy McFarren will manage this project. Tim has previously worked with Water Charity in his former position as Associate Peace Corps Director in both Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program.

This is an excellent project to address the health problems of 10 communities caused by contaminated water. It embodies state-of-the-art technology with ease of installation, long-lasting benefits, and ease of maintenance.  This project falls under our ongoing Filters for Life Program – Worldwide, in which we are trying to make sure these high-quality Sawyer filters make their way into as many hands as humanly possible.  While not as flashy as drilling wells, water filters are probably the single most effective way to prevent death and unnecessary suffering due to unpotable drinking water (the leading cause of preventable death worldwide).

The project is carried out by two respected local organizations and incorporates a detailed evaluation process. In the event beneficial results are achieved, it can serve as a model to be replicated.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Program Director, Timothy McFarren of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next projects in the Dominican Republic.

This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

Conclusion of Niamina Water Filter Project – The Gambia

Conclusion of Niamina Water Filter Project – The Gambia

Conclusion of Niamina Water Filter Project – The Gambia

This project has been completed under the direction of RPCV Jeremy Mak. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was designed to secure access to clean drinking water for small, underserved satellite villages in Gambia’s Niamina East District, all of whom rely exclusively on dirty, open wells due to hand pump failure or absence. Although the beneficiary communities shifted over time, the result was another remarkable success.

Jeremy writes:

“Through support from Water Charity at the National Peace Corps Association, we distributed Sawyer Point One household water filters to each compound in the 5 villages of Borehole, Si Kunda, Modikaya, Colley Kunda, and Sinchu Al-Haggi.
In total, this initiative reached approximately 648 people, restoring clean drinking water to 3 communities, and bringing clean water for the first time to 2 additional villages.

Before the distribution of Sawyer filters, each community was resigned to resort to drinking directly from open wells, sources of potentially fatal waterborne diseases like dysentery and diarrhea. Simple, effective, and long-lasting solutions to filtering water and preventing such illnesses—such as the Sawyer Filter—are game changers for poor, remote communities like these.

It was originally envisaged to pilot only 3 to 4 filters in four villages on a trial basis. However, due to overwhelming need and high interest/demand registered in our survey trips, we supplied every compound in 5 villages with at least one, giving villagers a much healthier, preferential option to drinking open well water. 50 filters were distributed across the communities of Borehole (5 filters to 5 families in 3 compounds), Si Kunda (20 filters to 20 compounds), Modikaya (8 filters to 8 compounds), Colley Kunda (6 filters to 6 compounds, 2 filters to a Koranic school), and Sinchu Al-Haggi (9 filters to 9 compounds). 

Survey and distribution activities took a total of 5 days. At first, it was planned to also distribute filters to Kalikajara village, but upon inspection, we found it technically feasible to rehabilitate Kalikajara’s lined, open well through chlorination and installation of two new Blue pump hand pumps. Papa and Sinchu Yerro were also shortlisted for possible Sawyer distributions, but we had to prioritize communities by geographic clustering due to the limited supply of filters and time and transport constraints. Papa and Sinchu Yerro will be among villages considered for follow-up distributions in the future. 

In each beneficiary community, villagers self-selected a designated female lead from each compound to be responsible for the filters in their care. We taught villagers how to assemble, ​use, clean, and care for the Sawyer filters, making sure that they understood that with responsible care, the filters could serve them for decades. Pictures of the filter distributions from Borehole and Si Kunda can be seen here. Pictures of filter distributions from Modikaya, Colley Kunda, and Sinchu-Al Haggi can be viewed here.

A short description of each community is below, along with embedded links to videos of open wells and filter/taste test demonstrations and distributions:
Borehole is a very small community of only 3 compounds/46 people. They draw water from a hand-dug, open well, and drink the dirty water straight. The well is roughly lined with loose rocks and structurally unsound for a hand pump. See what it’s like for Borehole residents to fetch water here and here. 
The Sawyer filters have brought clean water to Borehole for the first time ever!

Si Kunda—a community of 20 compounds/272 people— had two Mark II hand pumps installed on a covered well in 2005. However, the pumps experienced problems 7 years ago. An unscrupulous local well mechanic pulled everything out, promising to bring new pipes and parts, but absconded with the old pump components instead. The community, relying only on a single open well for their needs and their cattle’s water needs, opened the closed well 4 years ago. Before receiving Sawyer water filters through this distribution here, the village drank directly from these two open wells you can see here and here.

Due to a lack of parts and pedestals, neither pump repairs nor a Blue pump installation were immediately possible.

Modikaya, a small village of 8 compounds and 103 people, had a working Mark II pump, which failed on them. We attempted to fix it in 2013, but upon pulling out the pipes, discovered that the pumping cylinder was Dutch, contrary to its German pump head markings—unlike the German Mark II cylinders, Dutch cylinders cannot be repaired once they wear out—they are ‘one and done.’ We found out, since then, the village has sold all their old pump parts, including the pump pedestal, a critical piece of the old pump infrastructure that we need in order to set the concrete foundation for a new Blue pump. Without the pedestal, it takes many days longer for the concrete foundation to dry for optimal strength, time we unfortunately couldn’t wait due to our tight work schedule and competing water project priorities. Before our distribution of filters here, they relied on drinking from their open well here. 

Colley Kunda, a village of 6 compounds and a Koranic school (106 residents) has similarly suffered for years due to their two Dutch Mark II pumps falling into disrepair. They have been drinking out of an open well for more than 13 years. See our filter distribution and the open well in Colley Kunda here.

Lastly, before receiving Sawyer filters here, Sinchu Al-Haggi, a village of 9 compounds and 121 residents relied exclusively on drinking straight from these  2 open wells.

Thanks again to Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association for making waterborne diseases a thing of the past for these communities!”

We would like to thank Jeremy yet again for executing such a fine project, another in a long list of amazing projects he has done with us as both PCV and RPCV.   And, we would also like to thank Gamrupa Danmark for adopting this great project. 

This project falls under our ongoing Filters For Life Program – Worldwide.

Borehole Dirty vs. Clean Water Sinchu A Open Well