Days for Girls Cambodia

Newsletter – Fall 2023

Although it's pretty much winter by this time (for many of you), we wanted to be sure and send out one more email before 2023 comes to a close. This edition of the AVFCW newsletter covers our work with Days for Girls (Worldwide), Banyan Tree (Cambodia), and local Rotary Clubs. We recognize the importance of addressing menstrual health as a crucial step toward ensuring girls’ consistent attendance in school. This leads to increased body literacy and decreased stigma and shame. DfG’s reusable kits have been a game-changer in the lives of millions of young girls worldwide already. Don't forget to like our Facebook...
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Pouring the Concrete

Newsletter – Summer 2023

We hope you're all staying as cool as possible during this summer, the hottest in recorded history. The droughts and wildfires around the world serve to highlight the importance of water to the planet and everything that lives on it. This edition of the AVFCW newsletter covers updates regarding the Walk for Water fundraiser held in Ontario, Canada last May. Our goal of having 40 walkers was met and exceeded. Also, the Water Walk got a bit of attention from local media where a few of the participants and AVFCW volunteers were interviewed. The feedback was so positive that we plan to...
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Scott Brills in Cambodia

Newsletter – Spring 2023

As it does every year, spring is upon us yet again. We're enjoying the longer days, increased sunshine, and warmer temperatures! This edition of the AVFCW newsletter covers updates regarding our ongoing clean water and sanitation collaboration in Cambodia. A few board members visited the country in January (on their own dime), and along with local staff were able to check on the projects we have been implementing and supporting over the past five years or so. AVFCW has worked closely with Banyan Tree Organization (BTO) in Cambodia which implemented the water projects. Our board members were impressed with the way BTO...
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Sue Cicerone

Newsletter – Fall 2022

Welcome to fall! We hope everyone has been enjoying the change of seasons and staying warm during our slow journey toward winter. This fall edition of the AVFCW newsletter introduces our two new board members—Julia Bazner and Simran Singh. We're excited for them to join the AVFCW mission, and looking forward to applying their knowledge and expertise toward our core vision of clean water and sanitation for all. We are also wishing a fond farewell to longtime volunteer and board member Sue Cicerone.  A big Thank You to Sue Cicerone, retiring volunteer and board member. She has been an important part of AVFCW...
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Students inspect the finished concrete biosand water filter after taking it out of the mold.

Newsletter – Summer 2022

We hope everyone has been staying cool during this sweltering summer! The summer edition of the AVFCW newsletter highlights our core values and mission, as well as updating everyone on the changes in the relationship between AVFCW and CAWST—the Canadian organization we have been partnering with for years to assist in implementing our clean water and sanitation workshops every year. CAWST is a globally well-known organization for Water and Sanitation and our training sessions were always very popular, bringing together implementers, academics, regulators and other government folks from different countries to learn and share. In the last year, CAWST has made a...
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Biosand Filter Workshop Winning Team

Newsletter – Spring 2022

The weather is slowly but surely warming up again, and we're excited for the onset of spring! This newsletter highlights an update to our Navajo Nation handwashing station hygiene project, as well as the education initiatives we are supporting in Guatemala. Water is an extremely limited and precious resource in the dry environment of the Eastern Navajo Nation. Of course it is a constant concern for the approximately 30% of Navajo households who do not have running water in their homes and must rely on hauling water to meet their daily water needs for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning. In some cases,...
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Our CAWST volunteer shows students the best way to prep the metal mold for concrete pouring.

Newsletter – Fall 2021

Happy Halloween! We hope you are enjoying the fall weather and festivities, and are still staying safe and happy despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our current newsletter provides an update on our partnership with the Navajo Nation regarding installing handwashing stations throughout their land. These hygienic upgrades will help to lessen the spread of Coronavirus and other transmissible diseases. The Iyanbito Chapter (of the Navajo Nation) requested individual hand washing stations for the families in their community that lacked access to running water. They felt this would have the most significant impact for their community. AVFCW volunteers went to work to find...
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Water Filter Workshop 2020

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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