Check out our brand new video highlighting the new Sawyer MINI water filter!
Check out our brand new video highlighting the new Sawyer MINI water filter!
As the weather is getting warmer, more squeeze filters are in action on the trails! Here are some great shots posted by fans on our Facebook page.
Long Ridge Trail
Olympic National Park
Where will you be using your Squeeze Filter this summer?
We love receiving updates from the field in how Sawyer filters are bringing positive change to families and communities!
Here is a photo of a classroom in Guatemala where these students now have access to clean water daily.
There are 15 filters total in this school, providing clean water to 650 children!
Isn’t that incredible?
Below is a testimonial from a group called Persecution Project Foundation who brought Sawyer filters to Darfur, Sudan in 2010.
“A team from Persecution Project Foundation (www.persecutionproject.org) returned from Darfur, Sudan where we installed one of your pointONE Filters in a village named Kiirko. Kiirko is very remote. In fact, to get to it, we had to cross the River Kiir on empty oil drums tied together with rope and pulled across by young boys.
Kiirko is so remote that their nearest neighbors are over 26 miles away, along difficult and very dry terrain. It took us over 3 hours to drive there from a place called Jaac, where we have been working since 2005. It would take an entire day to traverse this distance on a bicycle and two days to walk it.
Kiirko is a Muslim village with at least 1,000 residents. Many people there are sick as a result of drinking the dirty, bacteria-infested river water. When we arrived, the first thing they asked us for was a borehole. At that point, we brought out the water purification system and demonstrated how it worked. We hand drilled the necessary hole in the side of one of their jerry cans. We drilled an inch and a half up from the bottom so that sediment and other debris would have an opportunity to settle out.
Fortunately, the local doctor had used one before so he was aware of the necessity of keeping the exit end of the filter tubing clean. He also understood the need for a clean “catch” container. We left the doctor in charge of the filter.”
– Ed Lyons (Director of Ministry Advancement & Field Services)
It is exciting to receive testimonials and see photos of village residents for the first time having access to clean water!
If your organization or group has a story they would like to share on our blog, please send your story along with photos or videos to Stacey@sawyer.com and we would love to share the work of our partners!
At Sawyer, one of the highlights is receiving incredible testimonies from our partners around the world. We recently received an inspiring update from Doctors Giving Back about their work in Ethiopia.
Doctors Giving Back – Update from Ethiopia
Prior to finding Sawyer and taking our first 100+ filters to remote Western Ethiopia last year we had tried, like most other non profits, to find a way to prevent and treat the horrible diseases that most countries in Africa including Ethiopia face like Typhoid, Cholera, Parasites, TB, Malaria and AIDS and it has been clear to us for years that the answer is Clean Water.
Our medical teams travel twice a year and provide medical care, medicines, vaccines, glasses, medical supplies, shoes, clothes (and now filters) to well over 60,000 people and it wasn’t until last year that we finally came up with a way to totally “cure” their diseases by cleaning their water. We had tried, battery, generator operated filtering systems, UV/solar filtering systems but nothing would get the water any cleaner than about 80% free of the bacteria and viruses that were causing all of the suffering and death.
We even thought of putting the time and expense into digging wells, but our experience especially in the remote Western region was that everyone who had tried doing this, including World Vision, the Hilton Foundation etc had either ended up never reaching water or the wells produced water but it still had all of the horrible disease producing bacteria and viruses in it. This saved the women and children the walk to and from the water source (rivers and streams, which often is miles), BUT it didn’t help a bit with saving their lives.
I am so excited to tell you that these AMAZING FILTERS, if used properly, do exactly what they say they will do and we have seen it first hand. As I mentioned, we just returned from our trip in March and we visited all 15 villages that we had left “water filter systems” for last year to see how they were doing. Last year we left each of the 15 villages 8 filters, 4 filters per large bucket. Each of these villages has between 2000 and 5000 people in them. Most of these villages have taken extremely good care of their water systems. They have built “huts” to store them in and keep them out of the sun; they have someone who “guards” the buckets and filters so that no one steals them for their personal use; and they are so very proud, and we are beyond proud of them, that the villages who have implemented the filters correctly have virtually eliminated their abdominal pain, parasites, worms, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and other deadly disease.
We were amazed beyond our wildest dreams! Obviously being doctors, my husband and I couldn’t believe it…we certainly hoped for this but probably, honestly, never believed it would happen. IT DID and the villages proved it!
Of course, there were those villages that the chiefs and council members tried to keep if for the own, or they decided it wasn’t something that the people would use and put them aside and there was even one village that were so big that the council had to lock up the water systems because people became violent and were hurting and killing each other to get to the filters. There was also one village where the regional government officials had to convince them that we (Doctors Giving Back teams) were not trying to harm them, the water was not only safe but would save their lives. They too were having great results when we returned. But for the most part, the villages are using them successfully AND THEY ARE SAVING LIVES!!
During this trip we went to 10 more villages and gave them our “2 large bucket water systems”, and we also added new stations, as a reward for doing so well, to the previous villages that were taking such good care of their stations and also added more to help decrease the violence in the one village that couldn’t get enough water to give to everyone and they were fighting over it.
So, in a very brief nutshell, that’s our amazing water filters story, and it’s all because of the Sawyer water filters!! It’s hard to be brief as there is just so much to tell! We plan to update our website soon, especially the water section so you might want to look at more of the pictures on our website. Our website is: www.doctorsgivingback.org
One last thing to mention: last year when we were setting up these water stations in the hut villages, word got out and World Vision, WHO, and other organizations sent people out from Addis (a 17 hour rough drive or 2 and 1/2 hour plane flight) just to see what we were doing because they had heard about the filters we were setting up and they were doubtful that they would make a difference. This year at 5 of the villages that we had implemented Sawyer water filters World Vision and Hilton Foundation had drilled a well right next to our water stations and it was interesting to us to find out from the village leaders that all but one were all DRY and had never produced a single drop of water. There was one that was pumping water, but it was directly from the river and was as disease ridden as what the women collect directly from the river. The leaders told us that they had told these organizations that if they were going to waste time and drill a well that at least put it next to DGB’s water stations so that the water that came from the wells could be put through the filters and become “live-saving”. Amazing isn’t it?
-Jana Turns, MD