In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access to clean drinking water.
Abundant Water helps remote communities in Laos to break the cycle of illness and poverty caused by water borne diseases. Abundant Water’s ceramic filters are low cost and low tech and provide a workable solution to accessing clean water.
The benefits of Abundant Water’s work reach further than mitigating disease, as accessing clean water directly increases women’s empowerment. Women are often tasked with water collection, which can take many hours, to meet their family’s needs. This task crowds out opportunities for education and work, so providing this cheap, convenient source of clean water empowers women to improve their futures and those of their children. The World Bank has repeatedly said that focusing on women’s education is key to productivity and economic growth. Isn’t it amazing what access to clean water can do?
The work of Abundant Water continues as it launches its cause on the crowd-funding platform Start Some Good. The goal is to provide around 200 homes in remote villages in Northern Laos with access to clean water. With your help, the campaign will enable Abundant Water to reach its ultimate objective of providing a long-term solution to clean water access. This campaign will run until the 3rd of November 2014.