Help Clean the World’s Water
By HEATHER BOURBEAU
This sidebar is a supplement to Precious Drops
As the activists in my story, “Precious Drops,” amply demonstrate, there are a great many ways that clean drinking water can be provided to the millions who need it—with systems that are more practical and affordable than ever before. It’s just a matter of spreading the technology. If you’re interested in helping, here are five good places to start.
- WHO: The World Health Organization works with governments and other partners to ensure highest attainable level of health, including water and sanitation, for all people.
- UNICEF: UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices.
- CAWST: CAWST provides technical training and consulting, and acts as a center of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.
- WaterAid: WaterAid is an international organization whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Potters for Peace: Potters for Peace is a Colorado-based non-profit with a two-prong mission. One is to bring ceramic skills to subsistence potters in Central America; the other is to create factories around the world that make affordable, household ceramic water filters.
- Aquaya: The Aquaya Institute is a non-profit research and consulting organization dedicated to improving health in the developing world and delivering the knowledge and tools required to achieve universal access to safe water.
- Safe Water Network: The Safe Water Network, co-founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, sponsors research, field initiatives, and a variety of workshops to promote water self-sufficiency in the developing world. The organization’s work thus far has concentrated on Ghana and India.
- Last, if you want some additional facts and context on why developing nations are in such need of clean water, and the effects of this problem, here is a good overview, by Anna Kučírková, who writes frequently about clean water issues for Connect for Water.