0 Safe drinking water keeps Cambodian kids in school

Children walking to school, Kampong Cham, Cambodia.Karen Murphy If you build it, he will come. In the case of Cambodian schools it is more like: if you provide safe drinking water, kids will go to school. When schools provided treated water in containers, the rate of absence for students dropped.…

1 For World Toilet Day Gates Foundation motto: Every shit has value

Ugandans transport a Swiss-made ‘diversion’ toilet – one of the Gates Foundation’s winners in its re-inventing the toilet competitionEawag It’s World Toilet Day so the world is awash with potty humor, bizarre videos and otherwise earnest organizations giddily celebrating the use of obscenity or fart jokes in support of saving…

0 Free water filter winning public support in Western Kenya

Sara Keya fills her LifeStraw. Malava, Kenya – Praise and controversy followed the announcement by Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen that his company, Vestergaard-Frandsen, would distribute free water filters in Western Kenya backed by $30 million of his own money. The filter was the LifeStraw and it was distributed to 877,500 households…

0 Guest Op-Ed: Water projects everywhere, but little accountability

Having worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years, I know that in order to raise funds there is a temptation to over-simplify problems and solutions. In today’s information-saturated world we have less than two seconds to make an impression on a potential donor who visits our website. That leaves little room for telling the whole story, which takes longer than two seconds and doesn’t always help us raise funds.

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