17 June 2010

Ripple Effect - Abundant Water Fundraiser

| Anita
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Ripple Effect : Because everyone deserves clean water

Abundant Water, a Canberra based, global organisation has a very simple goal: to work with Lao communities to provide them with a basic essential – Water – through a simple and effective clay pot water filter.

Be part of a global community, making history by empowering people to provide their own clean drinking water; come and join us from 2pm on July 3 for a charity auction, yummy food, drinks, comedy show, music from local act Rafe Morris and much more, to help us raise funds to get these filters into 8 Lao villages.

One billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. The Ripple Effect aims to make a difference to 8 Lao villages so they can have access to safe drinking water for life!


The Ripple Effect fundraiser will take place from 2pm on Saturday 3 July at 10-12 Cohen Street Belconnen (above Bing Lee).


$30 for adults, $20 for students or $50 for families. Tickets are available in advance or can be purchased at the door. Tickets purchased in advance through visiting http://abundantwater.eventbrite.com/ will receive a $5 discount per ticket.

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If anywhere in our local region needs a colossal amount of help, its the basketcase that is modern Laos. They’re normally somewhere in the very lowest categories of any worldwide development measure you can think of.

Visit the country, visit some cities, see their tourist towns, and then get as far from their cities as you’re comfortable with.
Suggestions: Meet some actual villagers, learn about how their basic health needs are met (the Lao Govt spend 4% of its GDP on healthcare, or $18 per person per year (PPP)), ask about the water they drink (40% use an unimproved water source), and then ask how many of the locals have either been killed or injured from leftover UXO bombies from the Vietnam War.
If you’re particularly curious, ask how many bombies locals know about but are just waiting for an UXO project crew to come back into the area.

Frankly any on-the-ground help they get is good, so long as its not totally foreign-expertise & foreign-purchased resources, or particularly admin-cost heavy.

PS: Abundant Water website about what they actually do and how they do it: http://abundantwater.org/

troll-sniffer2:18 pm 17 Jun 10

Engineers Without Borders does similar work but does not restrict itself to just one country. If you want your water project dollars to be more fairly distributed you could consider them as well.

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