AVFCW Biosand Filter Workshop

Annual Letter 2020

Dear Friends of A Vision For Clean Water, As this most extraordinary year draws to a close, we at AVFCW sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as we continue to work through COVID-19 challenges. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global community is tragic and confounding. Yet, it has shown us that creativity and kindness continue to be an elixir for well-being. Access to clean water is a key component of pandemic prevention, especially for frequent hand washing. In accordance with pandemic guidelines, our volunteers remained busy in the U.S. supporting communities where assistance...
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Water Filter Workshop 2020

Water Workshop (4/23-26, 2020)

UPDATE: the workshop has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. Please stay tuned for further updates. This four day workshop provides attendees interested in clean water projects in developing countries with the knowledge they need to create an effective, sustainable program. This is the latest workshop from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) and enables participants to select approaches that are appropriate for their context, as well as key resources to learn more about the different approaches. Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (2 days) This workshop has been designed for those interested in starting or strengthening Household Water...
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Water Workshop Classroom

Free Water Projects Think Tank (4/29)

As part of a Rotary District 6380 Grant, A Vision for Clean Water is hosting a “Think Tank” to discuss ways to increase long-term success for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects. It will be held the day following the 3-day Latrine Workshop to allow the workshop attendees who have come from Kenya, Ecuador and Haiti plus others to participate. Please help us by passing the word to local WASH implementers. When: April 29th, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (lunch included) Cost: Free (please RSVP as soon as possible, as space is limited) Where: Columbiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan The...
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OHorizons in Puerto Rico

World Water Day 2019 Presentation (3/17)

Titled "Water Problems in Puerto Rico", Laura Richardson, CEO of OHorizons, will discuss her experiences bringing clean drinking water to those in need using OHorizons’ low cost wooden mold to create Biosand Filters. Demonstrations, examples of water filtration solutions, discussions and refreshments will also be included. This event is free to attend, and will take place at Christ Our Light church on March 17th, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Download/view the flyer for this event here....
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Eileen & John in Nepal

Annual Letter 2018

Dear Friends of A Vision for Clean Water, A blend of education, collaboration, hard work and generosity of spirit and resources continue to make the vital, life-giving work of A Vision for Clean Water (AVFCW) possible. As our fifteenth anniversary year draws to a close, we are expanding our reach by developing new partnerships with global organizations that will help bring the essential resource of clean drinking water, improved sanitation and health conditions to serve even more people in regions throughout the developing world. As the organization grows, we remain true to our mission: to bring safe water and sanitation to those...
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The AVFCW Team + Attendees

Latrine Workshop (4/26-28, 2019)

This 3 day workshop provides attendees interested in water and sanitation projects in developing countries with an overview of latrine program implementation. This is the latest workshop from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) and enables participants to select approaches that are appropriate for their context as well as key resources to learn more about the different approaches. The workshop brings together people active in implementing water and sanitation projects throughout the developing world, so participants learn from the experiences of their other participants in addition to the CAWST teachers. This workshop will take place from April 26-28, 2019...
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Eileen & John in Nepal

Article on AVFCW on TheMichiganCatholic.org

We are delighted that The Michigan Catholic website has published an article on the founders of AVFCW--Eileen and John Heasley--and how they came to start AVFCW and grow it into what it is today. The couple’s “vision” started in 2002, with a trip to Nepal to visit their son, Mark, whom John Heasley described as a “world traveler.” It was a trip that left a lasting impact. “When John and I saw for the first time how bad the water was when we were in Nepal … we realized that we have everything,” Eileen Heasley said. “We just felt mandated to help...
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2017 Water Workshop Crew

Biosand Water Filters & More Workshop (4/19-22)

The next AVFCW workshop will be on Biosand Water Filters & More, and will be held from April 19th – 22nd, 2018 at the Columbiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

The biosand filter (BSF) is an effective and sustainable household-level safe drinking water solution. By the end of this workshop, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to choose appropriate filter technology and to plan and implement a successful BSF project.

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Clean Water Workshop Speakers

April Workshop Evening Speakers List

We are proud to announce our evening speakers for the upcoming dual Water Testing & Treatment Workshop, taking place at the Columbiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan on April 27th till the 30th, 2017.

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting a Water and Sanitation Project

Eileen Heasley co-founded A Vision for Clean Water in 2003.  Since that time, she has worked as safe water advocate, collaborator, consultant, grant writer and more. Under her leadership, A Vision for Clean Water has helped over 400,000 people with clean water. Eileen will talk about her successes and lessons learned.

Working to Bring Safe Water to Rwanda

Bob Johnson has worked with Aqua Clara International to supply filters in Rwanda. He has helped to place 1,100 sand filters, 9,600 micro-filter units for household use, larger filters for 65 schools and health clinics and assisted in the construction of 60 rainwater harvest systems.

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Erica Gwynn WASRAG Interview

WASRAG Interview with Erica Gwynn

The former chair of AVFCW (and current board member) Erica Gwynn was recently interview by WASRAG -- Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (a volunteer organization made up of members of Rotary International). Erica spoke about "beginning with the end in mind", in regards to starting and maintaining water and sanitation projects around the developing world, and her work within Rotary International as the Area of Focus Manager for Water & Sanitation. The key reason for failure of many large WASH programs is that there is no provision for post-completion financing. In the past, many programs did not factor in ongoing...
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