VOLUNTEERS: TRAVELERS 4 CLEAN WATER
Working with our team + other local NGOs, we will help volunteers acquire as many filtration systems as capable of transporting, and develop a strategy for distribution.
We ensure that volunteers identify leaders in each community and have them take the lead on distribution of filters and education of how they function. This will help us to identify new opportunities and potential partners to work with in other countries we have not travel to yet. It is also about entering new communities respectfully.
On one trip a volunteer could bring 1,000 people clean water by simply packing 10 small water filters with their luggage and purchasing plastic buckets once you have reached your destination.
For each filter purchased for volunteers our distributor Sawyer Products will donate a filter for our ongoing humanitarian projects.
If volunteers cannot distribute the filters themselves, we will help to identify a local NGO that can collect the filters and distribute for them. This is only possible if a group is already working in the area the volunteer is traveling to.
When traveling you can even help us identifying new regions that could benefit from this movement, even they do not have filters to distribute. We can always go back.
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Majority of people have not even heard of hollow fiber membrane filters yet, lasting for 1,000,000 gallons. That alone will grab people’s attention.
Kite4Water is apart of a global movement of NGOs working in over 70 countries around the world, contribute to ending water scarcity around the world. Volunteers get to join this movement, and learn how easy it is to make a monumental impact on a community. Providing clean, safe water access.
ADVANCED FILTER TRAINING: Volunteers
- Traveling with 10-20 filters will not attract attention if you scatter filters around luggage. The more travelers, the more filtrations systems you can transport without potential tax from customs. Dealing with customs varies from border to border, and must not be taken lightly. The risk of filters being seized OR unfairly taxed is one of our greatest challenges. For transporting larger quantities (20+ units) you will want a secure way to ensure passing through customs. This may mean working with the local government OR shipping filters ahead of time to a secure address. Again this is our greatest challenge in certain regions of the world.
- Once you have arrived in country you will want to acquire 5 gallon plastic buckets (no smaller than 2 gallons to ensure proper flow rate). If you are going to pre-drill holes you will not need to order drill bits with every filter, and will save money that can go to more filters. You can use a screwdriver that the drill bits fit into to make holes by hand OR locate a power drill for larger projects.
- Find a local leader in each community who can do filter demonstration and education in the local language. This may mean going to community centers, such as, churches/ temples, schools, hospitals, or schools. You may even need to hire someone who can help translate. This is how we enter communities respectfully, by working in collaboration with the local leadership.
- While Demonstration/ Education is underway you can take photos and video to create content later on. We are also constantly looking at how we can improve on trainings. Assist with training when you feel you are needed.
- There are several things with trainings that we have to ensure are emphasized on and double checked.
-Make sure filter is tightly attached to bucket. Water will drip from the water if it is not. If the filter is tight and water is still leaking, it is possible that the hole in the bucket needs to be smoother.
-Ensure water is not leaking where the filter is screwed into the hose.
-Over time there may be a small drip coming from the washer, so we teach Everyone to place the receiving container a few inches out, so that drips do not fall into the clean water.
- When doing training, you want each student to to assemble their own bucket + filter, while each person circulates and test each filtration system. Show each person how they can tighten the nut on the inside of the bucket to prevent the leaking.
- WE TEACH PEOPLE TO UNSCREW THE CAP, RATHER THAN USING THE SPORT-CAP. This is to prevent contaminating the spout with dirty hands.
- In tropical climates, tell people to take the two sections of cleaning syringe apart and store on a high, cool place (shelf in kitchen, etc.). Once a month they should soak the syringe in a diluted solution of bleach and water. This will kill bacteria that may have formed.
- After training disassemble filter if it’s easier for people to travel home.
- The Local Partner: anyone can go to Sawyer site and purchase a filter. What we bring to the end users in the far corners of the world is a “Clean-Water System.” A key part of this is the hands on training and finding a local who is as passionate about clean water as we are. This is the person who will follow up to make sure filters are being used properly, delivering maximum impact to the greatest number of people.
- Most families live in tight clusters, so a bucket filter at one home can provide safe water to ten surrounding families, so we teach the sharing model. Just as we are sharing with them, we ask them to share with each other. If the filter is just sitting in the off position, then it’s not fulfilling its amazing design. Learning this is a process, which is why if you have one person who gets it, they essentially become the local “Clean Water Expert”. The ideal scenario is that we can pass the torch onto them. You can also get contact info so more filters can be sent, or carried, to them in the future. And give them your email so they can send testimonials and stories.
- Hygiene: Hand washing, much disease gets transferred via hands touching, food preparation, handling water glasses, show people how to make a handwashing station with the filtered water. This is good especially at schools, so kids learn this.
- It’s a good idea to include faucet adapters with each filter order – there are hundreds of millions of people who have access to municipal taps, but the water is not safe to drink. Faucet adapters will appear soon on our site and cost around $10 each – these produce 2 or 3 times the amount of safe water as the bucket system (because of pressure instead of gravity). Bucket filters for hundreds of millions in extreme remote settings where only water source is a river, pond, stream, borehole, rainwater. Faucet adapter (uses same filter) for schools, hospitals, community centers, businesses, public taps. Faucet filters can provide clean water for hundreds of people everyday – but they have to be given to a community leader type person who will be responsible for cleaning – and who will make sure it doesn’t get stolen.
- Water Depot: (several filters attached to one big container). This is good for an area where a lot of people come to a single site to get water. It’s also good for schools with 500 students. We usually train the kitchen crews. They keep it in the kitchen, and fill up smaller containers to place around the school. Can fill up several containers at one time, or one container 3 or 4 times faster.
- The correct way to connect the filter in the off position to rim of bucket using the hanger, some people put the hanger on the hose, which is incorrect and will kink the hose over time. During training this is important to notice and correct. Whenever possible, use a clear bucket for demos – it’s more dramatic and people in the audience can see the dirty water becoming clean. Also, use a piece of cloth (or t-shirt, board shorts, etc) to pre-filter muddy water.
- Avoid Recontamination: during the back-flush training, you will notice people trying to hold the filter while also holding the syringe and trying to draw up clean water with drops of unfiltered water dropping sometimes from back of filter into clean water cups. What we do is set up the clean water cups and the back-flushing process on opposite sides of the filter bucket, and we really dramatize this notion of not doing back-flush anywhere near the clean water cups. Also, when using a cup or glass to show dirty water, always keep dirty water in glass – if you empty glass and set it down amongst others, it will get mistaken for a clean glass.
- Sometimes, in excitement, the demo process speeds up, or too many people crowd in too close. It’s import to pause and slow everything down. Before starting, pick some local helpers to serve as crowd control. If people step back a few paces, then everyone can see better.
- Ten to twenty people that have been pre-selected (teachers, community organizers, doctors) are a good size audience. Sometimes there are hundreds, which makes it a lot more challenging. With 10 or 20 people you create a clean-water workshop and everyone gets to assemble a bucket and there is time to really go over all the nuances included in “Advanced Training.”
- Our fieldwork requires us to adapt to conditions on the ground, which vary from place to place. Awareness and humility is very important. Find people you trust and let them guide you through the local customs. The cool thing about the bucket filter is everywhere in the world a plastic bucket is the center of everything, so people really adapt to it immediately and naturally.
- If traveling with a group, split up filters with a few in each bag to avoid customs hassles.
- Have fun with demos – it’s a little like doing street theater or a magic show. We turn “water that takes life into water that gives life.” In extreme, remote locations this is usually perceived as a miracle—and it is. Thank you for traveling across the world to do the clean-water magic show.
- While in the field you may notice ways to improvise, to make this solution work better in that particular setting. Every community we enter OR every border we cross poses new challenges, and we must be open to adapting our plans to those challenges.
Upon returning please send an email of things you think should be added to this list to Scott@kite4water.org
We are now encouraging Volunteers to include a few faucet adapters in each order.
The same bucket filter, with this adapter, can attach to indoor faucet or outdoor public taps. Cost is only $10 and daily production of safe drinking water is doubled.
There are hundreds of millions of people worldwide who have access to piped water, but it isn’t safe to drink. The faucet filter now turns these taps into an abundant source of safe drinking water.
We are working with Volunteer Initiative Nepal to take people clean water access and sanitation.
In the aftermath of the earthquake of April 2015, their infrastructure has been devastated.
Currently we have the potential to distribute at least
6500 filtration systems through VIN’s already well organized network.
These filters will be distributed to:
local government public offices,
monasteries (350 filters)
AND THE FAMILIES OF:
Taluwa, Thulachhap & Bhadaure of Okhaldhunga (2000),
of Nuwakot and Kavresthali (1000)
and Jitpurphedi (1250)
This project runs under the WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) of VIN.
Clean water project: NEPAL UPDATE
Our clean water volunteer Khris Loux has just returned from Nepal, building septic tanks, toilets, clean water filtration systems, and helping to educated people on proper hygiene in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Why your help & our work is so important:
1) The government pumps water but does NOT purify, so the water is not safe. (This is why our filter systems are so important.)
2) The earthquake destroyed or severely damaged 600k homes and 5k public buildings.
3) Displaced people are living under tarps, in man-made temporary housing and have no toilets or running water. The result is open defecation which leaches into the ground water creating high probabilities of outbreak of disease.
5) Prior to the earthquake 10,500+ children where dying EVERY YEAR from diarrhea, caused by contaminated water. (Preventable with the filtration systems.) The risk of this number greatly increasing this year is very real.
7) Compounding the problem is the blockaded of fuel by India two months ago. (India is reacting to Nepal’s recent Constitution.)
8) Fact from Nepal Progress Report: 50% of population, 16m people, practices open defecation, 80% of communicable diseases are a result of contaminated water.
9) VIN is working on a project to install 700 toilets in the next 90 days (the national goal is 148,000 toilets per year).
style=”font-size: small;”>10) Installing toilets AND providing purified water is a two prong solution… Remove the disease carrying waste from the water supply and provide filtered water to wash hands and drink.
11) The third prong is education as we build there toilets… Only 30% of the population washed hands after defecation and only 12% use soap.
“It’s difficult to describe how life saving these filters are… Anything you can contribute will save lives now!”
Photos from Nepal
THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT
NGO’s are using this filter technology and distribution techniques in 70 different countries around the world to bring MILLIONS of individuals clean water access. Please join us in helping to spread this amazing cause and combat the global clean water crisis.
As we continue to learn about the sustainability effort in Fiji, we want to take this knowledge and spread it to NGOs around the world work with this filter technology, and empower NEW groups that could implement the filters now.
We have a great challenge ahead of us, to raise the funds and awareness necessary to reach our goals with our partners in Fiji and Nepal.