A Full Circle Filter Story
Bringing filters from the US → to a Filter Build in China → to a community in Nepal
by Jaleigh Jensen
In light of World Water Day on March 22, Wine To Water partnered with organizations all over the world to host 36 events across nine different states and six different countries. Together, we built over 3,000 filters to benefit more than 30,000 people with clean water.
EcoLab was one of our main partners that allowed us to have this large of an impact on World Water Day. They hosted nine of these events to assemble more than 1,700 filters.
As a result of events like these, W|W is able to respond to safe-water projects in areas all around the world with Sawyer filters.
Just a week after hosting this EcoLab event in Shanghai, Katie Finch, Partner Development Manager, and Pavan Mudiam, International Programs Fellow, were able to see the reasons why having these filters is so important to our programs specifically in Nepal.
Katie and Pavan led our team in distributing 48 filters in Pyauli on March 29, 2019. And although these filters are not from the same filter build hosted in Shanghai by Ecolab, they still came from a build in China hosted by Autodesk and had the same full-circle impact for both Katie and Pavan.
Katie's role at W|W is to manage all and short-term WASH projects including our Sawyer filter partnerships. "I work with these filters and in this process everyday but to see it applied in the community makes it come full circle.”
To see the filters come in from Sawyer unassembled and then to quality assurance check them before distributing them in the field, allows her to experience the culmination of not just her job, but the overall impact W|W is able to have in communities through the Sawyer filter.
Because of W|W’s current work in Madi Municipality and the relationship they've cultivated, Roshani Karki, W|W Nepal National Program Manager, was contacted by government officials requesting for an emergency response for water filtration in Pyauli.
These people have relocated from living inside the jungle to the outskirts of Raitole just a few months ago. She said that because of this, the situation in Pyauli is very extreme.
Before we ever distribute filters in a community, or do any kind of implementation, we conduct baseline surveys to measure the current water, sanitation and hygiene situations.
Our mWater data found that 75% of children are missing school due to stomach illness. 70% of primary caregivers, meaning mothers, are effected by stomach illness. 98% said they have stomach pain. 100% have diarrhea. 82% have typhoid. 80% have a skin infection or rash.
She said she hopes that health conditions will improve, children will be able to spend more time in school, and there will be an entire community transformation as a result of W|W's presence.
W|W Nepal conducts follow-ups on all of our filters three months after the original distribution. We will continue to conduct mWater surveys.
With partnerships like Ecolab and Autodesk, W|W will continue implementing clean water sources through our Sawyer filters in communities like Pyauli all around the world.
To learn more about our filter build program, you can find more information here.