Saturday, January 22, 2011

Local school students make pictographs for project

High school students from Troy and Novi Rotary Interact clubs in Michigan met with John and Eileen Heasley and volunteers to learn about biosand filters.

The students plan to make pictograph directions to accompany the written directions given to those receiving a filter 2011 Ecuador Water Filter Project.

Epidemiologist Erica Gwynn organized the project. Erica worked in Mexico as part of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2007-8. Erica explained that during that year, it was the young people that made her project a success and they continue to implement her changes. Now that she has returned, she wants to motivate our young people to help bring safe drinking water to those in most need.

The four-hour workshop began with a discussion about the benefits of the biosand filter and how it works. The group then spent time sifting sand and gravel to actually commission a filter. Interactors were excited about the project. They learned more about how the biosand filter works and met new friends to work with them on the project.

Monday, January 17, 2011

From October 10-13, 2010, 17 people participated in A Vision for Clean Water’s annual Biosand Filter Workshop held in Clawson, Michigan. Attendees came from Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington DC, Michigan, Canada and more. The excitement ran high as they learned about the many water related issues creating illness in many countries, and shared their own potential projects and challenges.
The four-day workshop was filled with learning, hands-on and challenges to complete the packed agenda. Daytime sessions were complemented with evening programs including films, discussions, as well as workshop graduates and other speakers who have worked to improve water in several countries. Class members, trainer and A Vision for Clean Water founders Eileen and John Heasley (who organized and assisted with the session), appear in the photo below with the concrete biosand filter the class constructed during the workshop.
Two participants are returning to Tanzania where they are planning a village water project. The team attending from Mexico is working to change government policies regarding household filter guidelines in that country. The group going to Ecuador has already been approved for a grant to provide concrete biosand filters there. We are looking forward to the next workshop which will be held in Clarkston from April 14-18, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan