What Does W|W Do in the Dominican Republic?
The Dominican Republic is home to Wine To Water's ceramic filter factory, where our team hand-makes and distributes clean water filters (pictured left). The filters are created from a mixture of clay, sawdust, nano silver, and water; this results in a porous pot with a layer of activated charcoal to latch on to micro-organisms, and silver to scramble bacterial DNA, prohibiting its reproduction. Every time these filters are distributed, the Wine To Water team teaches the local family or organization how to clean and maintain them for years to come. With proper maintenance, a single filter can provide a family of up to seven people clean water for 10 years. Aside from being a world-class clean water technology, our filters are also used as a platform to teach communities about sanitation and hygiene. Often in the form of hand washing games for kids... okay, adults too... these teaching lessons lay the foundation of behavioral change for healthier lives.
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The highlight of my trip was getting to work with Radhames and working at the factory. I love hearing Radhames tell his story, seeing the passion he has for this work, and seeing how there’s a part of him that’s never satisfied. He’s always dreaming of ways to make improvements. It’s just so inspiring. And I loved getting to make so many filters and feel like I actually got the hang of it after a while. It feels so good to get your hands dirty, be sweaty, and be sore the next day while working to provide clean water to people.
I learned more about how the filters are made and distributed and about future plans for the filters. I was reminded on this trip how beautiful and diverse our W|W community is.