Clean Water Access For Puerto Rico

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KITE4WATER CURRENT PROJECTS

HURRICANE MARIA HURRICANE RELIEF: PUERTO RICO

VOLUNTEERS ARE WORKING IN PUERTO RICO TO ASSIST THE RELIEF AND REBUILDING PROCESS. THESE ARE LOCALS WHO ARE TRYING TO REACH THEIR HOME TOWNS AND SURROUNDING AREAS UP IN THE MOUNTAINS.

Kite4Water is mobilizing, and we need your help!

We have just sent 250 WATER filtration systems to a secure property in San Juan Puerto Rico, where several waves of volunteers will be arranging the pickup and distribute filters to regions of the island in most need. Our team will have access to 4×4 trucks, gasoline, and a safe storage/ staging facility for supplies.

**UPDATE: 1,000 MORE FILTRATION SYSTEMS ARE CURRENTLY HEADED TO PUERTO RICO... OUR TEAMS ARE PREPARING TO HEAD OUT INTO THE FIELD.

The time to act is now, we need as much support as we can in order to slow this developing and compounding disaster. We have many people stepping up to help with the difficult task of distributing these filtration systems in a disaster zone.

The manufacturer of the filters has cut prices down by close to 60% during this crisis, allowing us to purchase that many more! Filtration systems should only cost approximately $20 each at this time (including the plastic bucket), then we have to pay for shipping to the island, where we have a secure private residents to store the filters for incoming volunteers to pick up.

transportation. Many of the 15knot (kite school) instructors assisting with distribution.

Meggle.com has also come through with a crowdfunding campaign that raise over $7000 to provide filters and resources to those working on the ground.

Thank you for you support,

Kite 4 Water team


FIJI

In the past year Fiji has been devastated by two category 5 Hurricanes. The country is still rebuilding. Even before these events, it is estimated that nearly half of the country's population, over 450,000 people, do not have access to clean SAFE water.

The opportunity: To bring SUSTAINABLE clean water to EVERY SINGLE family in Fiji.

We will work in collaboration with GIVE CLEAN WATER (GCW). Their team has led the way in Fiji since 2008 and we are learning everything they have accomplished in their work and sustainability efforts.

An anonymous donation of 100,000 water filters has been given to GCW to be distributed themselves to villages, and to NGOs assisting with this mission.

To complete this initiative, we need significantly less financial support than before given the recent donation of filters ($3,400,000 of product). This does not cover buckets, transportation or any other expenses.

The filters are estimated to cost $25 now to complete the system with a plastic bucket or faucet adapter, distribution, and follow up visits to ensure the filters are being used properly.

These are solutions we can implement NOW, not 6 months or 1 year from now.

Our Team Members are traveling to the Sigatoka and Rakiraki regions of the main island of Viti Levu, to rally NGOs, businesses, and Fijian community leaders around a monumental project: To bring sustainable, clean water access to the entire country.

450,000+ Fijians

PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

We will enlist the help of leaders of each community we visit, to head each project, distribution of filters, and ensure the sustainability of our work.

These local leaders will ensure these filters are used and maintained properly for the many many years they can last.

This strategy of working with local leaders in each community has been proven time and time again by other NGOs, in the same line of work, in over 70 different countries.

This is the best practice, not only for sustainability but also entering communities respectfully, letting the local people communicate the importance of the filters to their own.

With this work, we cannot just drop off filtration systems and do a simple training for families or communities, there has to be follow-up visits to every single filter installed, to ensure that the systems are being used and maintained properly.

This is a collaboration of NGOs as well as the Fijian Government to complete, distribute, and educate the public on use of the water filtration systems.

As we work on the main island we will use the photos and videos of the filter solutions and interviews of Fijians to rally support and funding around this cause.

The long-term goal is to raise enough funds to reach the most remote parts of Fiji.

In Fiji, we are learning about sustainability and the GIS tracking of filters, as a means of sustainability and keeping track of where every single filter is distributed.

This is vital in areas that we plan to do work over several years, such as Fiji and Nepal. While local leaders will head projects in communities, there will still be families living in more remote areas. We must keep track of every filter distributed, and ensure that a trained local in each community ensures filters are being used properly and maintained.


NEPAL

We have partnered with the group Volunteer Initiative Nepal (VIN) to incorporate our filtration systems into their current hygiene and sanitation programs in rural parts of the country.

We have the potential to distribute at least 6500 filtration systems over the next 2 years, through VIN's already well organized network of volunteers. This is a great challenge ahead of us.

Our first goal is to raise the funds to distribute 1000 filtration systems to more centralized locations, then we will focusing on delivering clean water to every single family household.

6,500 filters (complete systems) will cost approximately $125,000.

However there is the possibility that if we can prove VIN will practice sustainability practices similar to those in Fiji, Sawyer may donate even more filters than they have already proposed.

While that is a lofty goal, we do not need full funding immediately to start delivering filtration systems in Nepal. Our teams will start doing humanitarian trips with 100+ filters at a time to take to more centralized locations, before we work reach every single household.

Our team is also working on ongoing project development, and is directly involved with distribution working side by side with VIN.

filters will be distributed to (350 filters total):

  • schools
  • ECD centers
  • community centers
  • orphanages
  • local government public offices
  • monasteries

and families in:

  • Taluwa, Thulachhap & Bhadaure of Okhaldhunga (2000 filters total),
  • Okharpouwa (1900)
  • Nuwakot and Kavresthali (1000)
  • Jitpurphedi (1250)

This project runs under the WASH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene) of VIN. The success of this project will help us gain support to branch out and bring more remote regions of the country clean water access. This is only the beginning.

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(VIN volunteers preparing filtration systems for distribution)



Nepal's clean water crisis is a complex problem with many compounding issues.

  • Government pumps water but does NOT filter
  • Pre-earthquake: 10,500+ children die every year from diarrhea, caused by contaminated water
  • Nepal Progress Report: 50% of population, 16 million, practices open defecation, 80% of communicable diseases are a result of contaminated water
  • 2015 earthquake
    • Damaged 600k homes and 5k public buildings
    • Displaced people are living under tarps, in man-made temporary housing
    • No toilets or running water - open defecation and high probability of disease
  • India's fuel blockade two months ago. (India's reaction to Nepal's recent Constitution).

Our first clean water ambassadors have just returned from working with VIN on clean water initiatives, where they assisted in delivery of filters and identifying areas lacking clean water. VIN teams are also building wells, toilets, and the septic systems. Over 1000 toilets have been built already by VIN. We can go back to the installed bases immediately to implement water filters.

They have requested at least 6600 filters for Nepal, and we are currently seeking funding to make this possible. We are also working with VIN on a project to install 700 toilets in the next 90 days (the national goal is 148,000 toilets per year).

Installing toilets AND providing purified water is a three prong solution... Remove the waste from the water, supply and provide disease-free filtered water to wash hands and drink, and then EDUCATE. Only 30% of the population wash hands after defecation and only 12% use soap.


It's difficult to describe how life saving these filters are... Any support will save lives, NOW.

In Nepal alone we can distribute 6,500 filters now through our partner's (Volunteer Initiative Nepal) well developed network of volunteers and relationships with local communities. We have estimated these costs for this project approximately $125,000 over the course of 2-3 years. This includes a donations of $132,000 worth of filters AFTER we purchase $66,000 of filters.

filters will be distributed to (350 filters total):

schools

ECD centers

community centers

orphanages

local government public offices

monasteries

and families in:

Taluwa, Thulachhap & Bhadaure of Okhaldhunga (2000 filters total),

Okharpouwa (1900)

Nuwakot and Kavresthali (1000)

Jitpurphedi (1250)




SAWYER POINTONE WATER FILTER

ONE filter has the potential to bring a family household 20+ years of clean water, the technology is so new, we do not know exactly how long a filter will last.

OR
In disaster relief situations each filter can yield 500+ gallons of water per day.

filter PNG

Highest Filtration Rates Available

At 0.1 micron absolute, it is impossible for any bacteria, protozoa or cysts to pass through the filter.

With the technology derived from kidney dialysis, Sawyer worked with a fiber manufacturer to actually improve the hollow fiber membrane technology. In order to improve both the filtration rates and longevity of the filter, they needed something even more precise and rugged. The fiber composition had to deliver exactly 0.1 & 0.02 micron filtration 100% of the time to ensure no bacteria would get through, and the membranes had to be sturdy enough to withstand backwashing which allows the filter to be cleaning and reused.

Fast Flow

Since there is such a high flow rate, this eliminates the need to store water which reduces the chances of water being contaminated after it is filtered. The only external force required for the system to function is GRAVITY. The flow rate of a filter is determined by a combination of:

  • Head pressure (The distance from the top of the water to the filter)
  • Altitude (The higher the altitude, the slower the flow rate)
  • How clean the filter is
  • The filter itself (there are slight variations between filters)

Long Lasting

Maintenance of this filter is very simple. When the filter starts to slow down or clog, simply back wash it with clean water using the syringe provided in the kit. Since the filters can continuously be back-washed and re-used, they have an extremely long life expectancy. The ease of operating this system makes it self-sustainable and dependable.

Multiple Applications

These filters and purifiers make water so clean and accessible that people will not only use the filtered/purified water for drinking, but also for cleaning, bathing, cooking, watering plants and more.

Natural Disasters

The bucket system is essential for aid in natural disasters. This system would eliminate the need to ship bottled water.

Community filters are $50 (not including shipping) and will provide enough clean water for 100 people per day. If maintained properly, they will last for many years.

These are solutions we can implement NOW, not 6 months or 1 year from now.

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