The power of water has been a major news story in 2016, from the drought that threatened to severely deplete our nation’s fruit basket in California, to the most unfortunate water supply contamination in Flint, Michigan. Flint’s children will suffer the negative health effects for years to come. Clearly this past year demonstrates that water is a life force. And, depending on the quality and quantity of water available, it can easily shift from a life force to a life threat.
Lack of access to clean water leads to disease, deprivation and unsanitary living conditions that can perpetuate a negative health spiral all the way to untimely death. Most unfortunately, this is the reality for 20% of the world’s population. More than 6,000 children under the age of five die each day from diseases spread by unsafe water.
A Vision for Clean Water (AVFCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing simple and sustainable clean-water and sanitation technologies to schools, orphanages, rural villages and towns in under-developed world regions.
- Created in 2002, AVFCW is staffed entirely by volunteers and provides project consultation and training workshops for hundreds of individuals (e.g., graduate/undergraduate students, Peace Corps members, and public health, medical and engineering professionals, from the U.S. and abroad).
- AVFCW Board and volunteers travel the world working with local populations on clean-water and sanitation technologies.
2016 AVFCW ACCOMPLISHMENTS UPDATE
AVFCW continues its work to bring clean water technologies to all 1,200 public schools in Lebanon, serving over 500,000 Lebanese and Syrian children.
- Working both here in the U.S. and in Lebanon in collaboration with USAID, Rotary and other organizations since 2009, AVFCW has seen great progress from the efforts of individuals, volunteers and donors of all religions in the greater Detroit area as well as from around the world. To date, the Lebanon School Project has raised over $2,000,000 and expects to be completed soon.
For the twelfth year, AVFCW is providing workshops for volunteers from many organizations including Engineers Without Borders, O’Horizons and Rotary, as well as health care professionals, missionaries, government workers, etc.
- Experts from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation (CAWST, located in Calgary, Canada) lead the workshop and remain available to implementers as they begin their projects. Attendees return home with an understanding of what is needed to plan a successful project and with access to competent mentors as they put their plans into action. This past spring, AVFCW conducted a workshop in collaboration with Eastern Michigan University.
AVFCW continues to raise awareness among the future leaders of the world community.
- In 2016, we participated in World Water Day events for all ages, delivering drinking water to Flint, organizing walks, and giving talks to civic groups about the importance of clean water and how everyone can help.
All year, AVFCW Board of Directors and volunteers generously donate their time and resources to run workshops, and consult and monitor work project sites around the world.
- The AVFCW Board also revisited and revised the organization’s Strategic Plan in order to better focus our efforts, collaborate with other organizations and expand our reach.
INITIAL PLANS FOR 2017
In addition to continuing our current efforts, we are increasing our support for water projects. We are currently in discussions with groups working in Guatemala, Cambodia and Laos – groups whose experience/presence in those countries complements AVFCW’s expertise.
We also scheduled two back-to-back workshops, two days each, for April 27-April 30, 2017.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
To gain the greatest benefit from the workshops, we need to attract those who are active with projects around the world. Many of these implementers rely on scholarships towards the $760 workshop cost which includes room and board for a four-day workshop.
Your gift of any amount to our scholarship or general fund will support our ability to train volunteers and oversee projects in life-giving technology to provide safe, clean water in world regions where our sisters and brothers, families and children, are in desperate need.
- Just click on the DONATE button on the top right side of our home page www.avisionforcleanwater.org or send a check to AVFCW, 190 Paragon, Troy, MI. Your donations are tax deductible in the USA.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
On behalf of AVFCW, I wish you and yours blessings this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and support.