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AVFCW Workshop 2017 Success

Newsletter – Summer 2021

We hope you are enjoying the summer and staying safe, given the ongoing epidemic that seems to not be going anywhere anytime in the near future. This newsletter covers a topic very important to us here at AVFCW—volunteering. More precisely, we are looking for volunteers to assist us with all we do. Are you a student or recent graduate interested in global water and sanitation issues? Are you interested in supporting projects aimed at reducing the global burden of disease associated with water quality or scarcity? As a volunteer you need a passion for helping others, an interest in a specific project...
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Navajo Hand Washing Station

Newsletter – Spring 2021

We hope you have had as wonderful a start to the new year as possible, given the ongoing epidemic, and are staying safe, wherever you are. This newsletter covers the recent handwashing station project we have assisted with in Navajo native American communities in the U.S., as well as spotlighting our new board member, Liz Tierney. In connecting with other non-profits that work in the Nation, we learned that Navajo residents typically live in multi-generational homes. Approximately 30% of residents do not have access to plumbed water inside their homes, and many use community wells to fulfill their household water needs. This...
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Eileen Heasley & Nikki Beetsch

Newsletter – Fall 2020

We hope you and yours are doing as well as can be expected during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The AVFCW team has been busy behind the scenes meeting with each other virtually, seeing how our time and money can best be spent to assist others during the continuing outbreak. This newsletter announces some big news: our founder and Executive Director, Eileen Heasley, will be stepping down from her current role and be transitioning into the role of Chairperson of AVFCW. In her place, current Board Member Nikki Beetsch will be the new Executive Director. Nikki joined AVFCW Board in July of 2018...
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AVFCW Summer 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – Summer 2020

We hope you and your loved ones are doing as good as can be expected during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The AVFCW team has been busy behind the scenes meeting with each other virtually, seeing how our time and money can best be spent to assist others during the outbreak. This newsletter highlights our upcoming speak, Meghanlata Gupta, who will be presenting at the Troy Rotary Club's virtual meeting at 11:45 a.m. on July 29, 2020. ...
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Scott Brills in Cambodia

Newsletter – Spring 2020

We hope you and your loved ones are doing as good as can be expected during the COVID-19 situation affecting most of the globe right now. The AVFCW team has been busy behind the scenes meeting with each other virtually, seeing how our time and money can best be spent to assist others during the outbreak. One way we were directly affected is that we have had to postpone our Spring Workshop until a later date, which we will post on this site as soon as we have a timeline. In the meantime, please check out the latest edition of the AVFCW...
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Sue Cicerone

Newsletter – Fall 2019

Welcome back to the latest edition of what AVFCW is up to this beautiful fall season. This edition covers water safety plans, and highlights the story of a recent workshop participant from Haiti, Mr. Pierre Petit Frere. At the April Think Tank, Pierre learned about Water Safety Plans as a tool to improve the sustainability of WASH projects. Pierre asked AVFCW to mentor him in creating a WSP for his new project. AVFCW will assist Pierre in creating a WSP to document the goals and objectives of his project, the major deliverables, the timeline, the issues and risks and mitigation strategies,...
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Rose Branstrom

Newsletter – Summer 2019

Our latest newsletter is out! The summer edition covers our recent workshop help in April, as well as offers a big welcome to our latest AVFCW Board Member, Rose Branstrom. Through travel in developing nations Rose has witnessed the challenges of clean water management for communities and is excited to help contribute to solutions with the organization. With work experience in technical project management, toxicology, marketing, and customer training and communications Rose currently works for the Applied Research Center at the not-for-profit NSF International. For those of you that like to plan early, our next workshop will be held in Ontario, Canada...
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AVFCW Workshop Photo

Newsletter – Spring 2019

Although a fierce winter storm is currently hitting the Midwest, we've gone ahead and preemptively released the Spring 2019 edition of the AVFCW newsletter for your perusal. This issue highlights our upcoming workshop at the end of April, our World Water Day program held in March with the support of Laura Richardson of OHorizons, and the coinciding visit from the "Water Wagon". The Wagon was built in 2015 to be a filling station serving residents in the wake of the Flint water crisis. It is now being promoted for use at public events and in water emergencies. Meanwhile, we're looking forward to the...
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A student holds up a glass of dirty water, before we put it through the filter.

Newsletter – Fall 2018

AVFCW newsletter time! This issue of the AVFCW newsletter celebrates our 15 year anniversary. A Vision For Clean Water has spent the last decade and a half teaching water and sanitation project best practices to hundreds of people from around the world, while also lending a hand on the ground in far off locales such as Central America and Lebanon. Started by Josh and Eileen Heasley in 2002, after their trip to Nepal, the road to AVFCW was a pretty direct one: When they returned home they did a lot of research and found that Biosand water filters work without electricity and are...
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AVFCW Workshop Photo

Newsletter – Summer 2018

It's that time of year again, time for the AVFCW newsletter! This issue recaps our latest Biosand Water Filters and More workshop, held in April 2018. Attendees joined us in Clarkston, Michigan from all over the world – Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Chad, Cuba, Guatemala, Cambodia, Haiti, Nicaragua, Ecuador – for four days of classroom training and instruction on how to setup and manage their own sustainable clean water and sanitation projects around the world. Did the participants benefit from the course material?  Well according to the course evaluations, 100% of those taking the workshop felt that the workshop “completely” met their expectations....
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