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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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Collecting Water Samples

Newsletter – Spring 2018

It's that time of year again, time for the AVFCW newsletter! This issue goes over our experience attending a water, sanitation, and hygiene conference held in Beirut, Lebanon. In February, A Vision for Clean Water Founder Eileen Heasley and Board Member Erica Gwynn were invited as panelist and keynote speaker respectively to the Rotary Presidential Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Peace in Beirut. Here are Erica's comments on the conference. Also, did you see the recent article in The Michigan Catholic? Download your copy by clicking here. (To sign up for the new e-mail version of the AVFCW newsletter just enter...
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Classroom Water Testing

Newsletter – Fall 2017

It's that time of year again, time for the AVFCW newsletter! This issue introduces our plans to assist with a Rotary project in Guatemala, as well as various class attendees noting how AVFCW-led training assisted them with their clean water and sanitation projects abroad. Water is the foundation of life. A Vision For Clean Water is bringing potable water to those who do not have it. The organization is in good hands. Eileen cares; her heart and soul are in it. She is known as “the American angel” in Lebanon. Your volunteers are goodwill ambassadors from the U.S. to Lebanon. Fantastic, keep...
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WAVES @ Valparaiso University

Newsletter – Summer 2017

It's that time of year again, time for the AVFCW newsletter! This issue introduces a collaboration between Valparaiso University students and members of Engineers Without Borders -- WAVES -- that is currently focused on building a water tank in Nicaragua, as well as a separate educational project in Haiti. When completed, the water tank in Nicaragua will meet the clean water needs of a growing village of more than 1800 people whose current tank regularly runs dry in the middle of the day during the dry season, forcing them to resort to Lake Nicaragua as their source of water. This new tank...
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Workshop Discussion

Newsletter – Spring 2017

This issue of the AVFCW Newsletter focuses on the upcoming back-to-back workshop series that will be held from April 27-30, 2017 at the Columbiere Center. The Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage workshop will be held first, on April 27th and 28th, followed by the workshop on Drinking Water Quality Testing on April 29th and 30th. Instructors from CAWST will be leading the teaching and hands-on portions of the workshops, and there will be four evening speakers coming to discuss the challenges one faces in the field while doing water and sanitation work. For more information on both workshops please click here. To sign...
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Newsletter – Fall 2016

This issue of the AVFCW Newsletter highlights former AVFCW workshop attendees Ron and Carol Cousineau and their recent efforts to establish biosand water filter installations in rural Ecuador. "In Ecuador there are few cities with adequate water supply and few with sanitation. The vast majority of the population does not have access to potable water. Biosand filters offer hope to poor families, who get water from shallow polluted wells or rivers and streams and must spend a significant portion of their daily earnings to boil their water." Also, please note that the preferred method of sending out the newsletter has changed to an e-mail based format,...
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AVFCW Newsletter - Summer 2016

Newsletter – Summer 2016

This issue of the AVFCW Newsletter recaps our recent Sanitation workshop that held last month and some information on former student Shafali Bhavsar's clean water project in Nicaragua. "Most of the villagers rely on shallow wells which have significant arsenic levels and also bacterial contamination. The proposal is to drill a deep well in a central location and provide a distribution system to homes." Also, please note that the preferred method of sending out the newsletter has changed to an e-mail based format, instead of a PDF attachment. (Those that receive it in the post will continue to do so.) To sign up for the new e-mail...
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