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