WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Friendly Water for the World works with communities around the world
who have little in the way of access to resources, except for their own
intelligence, resilience, pent-up initiative, labor, generosity, and caring.
By sharing our knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water,
we help to end a culture of dependency, enabling people and communities to
take charge of their lives. And in doing so, we take charge of our own.
We look for technologies and approaches that are proven, affordable,
utilize local materials and resources, are easily teachable, and can be replicated,
so that what we do in one community together can be readily spread to others.
We teach people to fabricate, distribute, install, and maintain BioSand Water
Filters. BioSand Filters are a low-cost, locally implemented technology that
are proven to remove bacteria, viruses, protozoa, amoebae, worms,
and heavy metals from the water supply.
By teaching people to build and install BioSand Water Filters, combined with
community sanitation and hygiene education, we can reduce and ultimately
remove the threat of cholera, typhoid, bacterial dysentery, Rotavirus,
hepatitis A, cryptosporidiosis, and other waterborne illnesses.
We are also working with communities to explore approaches to
rainwater catchment, hygiene stations, soap making, spring and water source
protection, and simple pump repair.
In all of our work, we encourage the development of self-reliant,
self-sustaining small businesses and democratically managed, community-based
cooperatives and enterprises.