A Vision For Clean Water, also know as AVFCW, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with the goal of teaching and training others how to design, implement, and sustain clean water and sanitation projects in countries around the world.
AVFCW does this through hosting annual multi-day training workshops near it’s base of operations in south-east Michigan, U.S.A.
Eileen and John Heasley visited Nepal in the spring of 2002 and fell in love with the country’s gentle people and breath-taking scenery. But the Heasleys also witnessed people bathe in the same water they carried home to drink and women walk great distances every day with vessels of the unclean water.
The Heasleys came away acutely aware of the unsafe water conditions. The people in the remote villages and even the cities had taken careful precautions, but they did not have access to safe drinking water. They learned that in Nepal alone, about one in twelve children under the age of five dies every year from a water-related disease. It was then that the Heasleys decided they needed to make a difference.
The Heasleys found that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was researching a simple household Biosand Water Filter that removed enough biological contaminates to make water safe for drinking. Both John and Eileen decided to attend the CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) training seminar in Toronto conducted by Dr. David Manz, the designer of the biosand filter. The Heasleys wanted to become trained in the correct way to use and maintain the biosand filter. After completing the seminar, Eileen and John were prepared to train and share knowledge with others on how to use these technologies.
The Heasleys began by supplying the biosand water filters to an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. They then prepared 25 schools and supplied them with filters. This was the beginning–A Vision for Clean Water was formed.
A Vision for Clean Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All of our board members are volunteers who have traveled and worked at their own expense in developing countries. Since we are an entirely a volunteer organization, AVFCW maintains minimal overhead, with 100% of donations going towards our education and training programs.