Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa Donates a Ceramic Water Filter to the Kilimanjaro Conservancy

Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA) wants to help provide safe water to students at Olmolog Vet Primary School in the Siha District. Students at this school have been performing very well academically in recent years thanks to a program run by the Kilimanjaro Conservancy, a non-profit, which is providing free lunches to the students daily. The Kilimanjaro Conservancy is a branch of Ndarakwai Camp (www.ndarakwai.com) a ranch in West Kilimanjaro that offers cultural and wildlife activities. Eric Jones, the Director of Ndarakwai Ranch was pleased to receive the SWCEA ceramic water filter on behalf of the Kilimanjaro Conservancy and for the students at Olmolog Vet Primary School.

We thank Peter Jones and Eric Jones for their efforts to develop the community living around the ranch and to support an environmentally-friendly ecosystem.

SWCEA Donated One Ceramic Water Filter to Chris Cares International

      During the Karibu Fair, we were pleased to have a stand near Christine Lott’s stand. Christine Lott is the Executive Director and Founder of Chris Cares International, an organization which aims to empower Tanzanian students to learn, lead and succeed. The organization founded the School of St. Nicolas in the village of Moivaro, Arusha, Tanzania. It consists of 12 kindergarten students between the ages of 5-7 yrs old.

Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA) had the chance to meet Christine during the Karibu Fair and learned that Christine was boiling water to get drinking water for the students at St Nicolas. SWCEA then decided to help by donating one ceramic water filter to the school as the goal of SWCEA NGO is to help reduce waterborne diseases in the communities. Christine plans to build a bigger school at another site that will accommodate much more students.

 

Christine also sells handmade Christmas decorations to support free education for the students and she will be traveling to her native country the USA this coming July and August to fundraise for the school. To check out her work please visit www.chriscares.org

To donate to more deserving schools, please go to this link: http://www.swcea.org/?page_id=9

Thank you

SWCEA team attends KARIBU Trade & Tourism FAIR 2013

Stella was pleased to set up a stand at the KARIBU FAIR from May 31st to June 2nd, 2013.

Attending and being exhibitors at the Fair was a chance to educate the population about the benefits of using a ceramic water filter at home instead of boiling water to get safe drinking water.

As during last year’s Fair, Stella decided to use very dirty water as a demonstration of how well the SWCEA filter works. When real dirty water is poured in the filter, the water coming out on the other end is clear, tasteless and bacteria free.

Students and other members of the local communities were really impressed by this demonstration, as it shows and proves that the SWCEA ceramic water filter is more effective than boiling water. As we know, after boiling very dirty water even for two hours, the water will remain brown and would taste awful. The SWCEA ceramic water filter removes impurities from the water and improves taste and using it is better for the environment as it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

The SWCEA team present at the KARIBU FAIR also explained to various participants that stopped by the SWCEA stand that purchasing a SWCEA ceramic water filter will be highly beneficial economically for the household as they will save money in wood, gas, charcoal or electricity that they use daily to boil their water during the course of the year.

The SWCEA ceramic water filter can filter 2-4 liters per hour and therefore offers on average 36 liters of safe drinking water for the household in one day. It also lasts 5 years so it is highly sustainable. If you are in the area and would like to order one or more SWCEA ceramic water filters, please email us at: info@swcea.orgThank you

Neema Home, a children’s home in Arusha, purchases 60 ceramic water filters from SWCEA

Claire Upshall, the onsite Director for Neema Home, a baby orphanage in Arusha, was very pleased with the two ceramic water filters which Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA) had donated last year to the children’s home for their drinking and cooking water use.  (http://neemahouse.blogspot.com/)

Claire, herself the mother of three adopted babies, was so impressed with the efficient way that the SWCEA filters were operating that she decided to fund-raise back in her home country in order to purchase more filters for the home use and for her staff. In partnership with the Adam Upshall Foundation (TAUF) she ordered and bought 60 ceramic water filters.

Claire sent her driver, Godlove, with Neema Home’s car to pick up the filters at the factory and shop in Ngulelo. Godlove was happily met by Kim (Production Manager SWCEA) as seen in the accompanying picture.

You can find Neema Home on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NeemaHouseArusha) and donate to help them raise all the beautiful baby orphans they are accommodating.

SWCEA donates 10 ceramic water filters to Mount Meru Hospital to assist victims of the May 5th bombing at the Olasiti Catholic Church opening ceremony

Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa (SWCEA) was pleased to donate ten ceramic water filters at Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania where victims of the terrible bombings at the Olasiti Catholic Church on May 5th, 2013 are being treated. SWCEA was deeply saddened by the news of this terrible tragedy and decided to help when the Tourism Stakeholders Disaster Victims Fund was set up to receive donations on behalf of the victims.

SWCEA and its partner Safe Water Now (SWAN) decided to donate ten ceramic water filters (of an overall value of more than $400) which will be able to be used for 5 years.

SWCEA is always looking to help the communities to get access to clean water and we accept donations from all over the world via our website. Thank you

SWCEA ceramic water filter performs well in study conducted by the National Institute For Medical Research (NIMR) of Tanzania

The 27th NIMR Annual Joint Scientific Conference and Symposium on ‘Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH)’ was held from the 16th-19th April 2013 at the SnowCrest Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. During the four day symposium, there were many presentations and displays on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS). NIMR showcased technologies and products that were involved in its year long study evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of water treatment options. The SWCEA ceramic water filter was among the products being studied for that purpose, and we are happy to have learned that more than 80% of the households who were given the SWCEA ceramic water filter to use for 5 weeks as part of the study were satisfied with its ease of use and efficiency in removing bacteria from the water. The final report on that study will be released in early July of this year.

 Kim was glad to meet with Robert Mussa from the office of NIMR in Dar Es Salaam and with Mohamed Hussein from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the School of Public Health and Social Sciences at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The University harbors the laboratories where the ceramic water filter was thoroughly tested for a long period of time and approved by the government. A new and larger receptacle bucket was also designed for the study, which will be useful for larger communities such as schools or children’s homes.

We, at Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa, are glad to bring a safe and effective product to the communities in order to reduce waterborne diseases. As an NGO, SWCEA has always tested its filters at the St Luke’s Foundation in Moshi, Tanzania. Every filter is also tested internally at the factory site. We are confident in our product and our customers are satisfied. We hope to reach a larger number of households in the future for the cause.

 

Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa is invited to speak at a 2 week permaculture course

Stella was invited to speak before 35 participants at a 2 week permaculture course taking place at the Edmund Rice Sinon High School grounds and organized by the Food Water Shelter organization (www.foodwatershelter.org.au).  The 2 week course was also hosted by the Kenyan Permaculture Research Institute which sponsored the thirty five participants to gain hands-on experience designing and working on the farms of the NGO Kesho Leo in the Arusha area.

During the morning hours, Stella made a presentation about the ceramic water filter and its beneficial use in rural areas. The participants were very interested and purchased some filters. The drinking water used at the event and for the duration of the two week course was provided by the use of 3 SWCEA ceramic water filters lent by SWCEA to Kesho Leo.

       

SWCEA presents ceramic water filter to Tuamuke Association organized by Sharing Love Ministries

On March 9th, Omari was invited by Ololade Benson to make a presentation about the ceramic water filter to an HIV/AIDS group of vulnerable people one morning at Mt Meru Hospital.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ololade Benson and Abiodun Fawunmi are part of the Sharing Love Ministries and they organize monthly distribution of food and non-food items to a group of people affected by HIV/AIDS. The group is part of the TUAMUKE Association which seeks to help people affected by HIV/AIDS and their families.

The Tuamuke Association had 35 attendees for the presentation and we demonstrated how the ceramic water filter works and its benefits. It is particularly important for people affected with the disease to regularly drink clean water.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group was impressed to see how fast real dirty water could become clear, and clean. They volunteered to drink many glasses of water from the SWCEA ceramic water filter.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the presentation, SWCEA donated two ceramic water filters to Sharing Love Ministries to be used at their regular meetings with the Tuamuke Association.

For more information about Sharing Love Ministries please click here: www.sharinglove.net and sharinglove-sharinggodslove.blogspot.com

SWCEA educates about the environmental friendly ceramic water filter at ECHO Technology Trade fair

WOW - this is AMAZING !!!

Stella recently participated  in the ECHO East Africa Symposium Appropriate Technology Fair. Later, in March 2013,  ECHO (www.echonet.org) conducted Farm Day 2013, another Symposium fair displaying technology and information that can be useful for farmers with limited resources. Stella was invited to come and set up the SWCEA exhibit at the Naura Springs hotel.

Delegates from different sessions came to see and appreciate our work. Many delegates  spent time learning about the ceramic water filter and even purchased some filters.  We are grateful to Mr Kinsey, Director of ECHO East Africa to have provided us with such an important platform to educate further about the benefits and use of the ceramic water filter.

A Word from SWCEA

Life in Arusha is still vibrant and challenging. It is with great pleasure that SWCEA takes on the task of reducing waterborne diseases in the communities. Around the office and factory you can see children playing and some children on duty from their family to buy water for wash or cooking food. Many families in Ngulelo do not have running water at home and come to a private tap water fountain near our office to pour some water in bottles or buckets. The water is needed to cook food, drink, wash clothes and themselves. It is not very clear to whom the private tap belongs to but a shop owner nearby collects all the monies. From the SWCEA office we can see the daily coming and going of children, teenage women, and other persons around the private tap fountain, where they pay a fee to get water.

It is distressing to see that price of water worldwide has gone up and is continuing to go up. Clean water is becoming a pricey commodity. The need is great for people in remote areas and for those with homes which have no access to government run water pipes for various reasons. However they stoically go on their days with limited access to water. Water is life and it is crucial to try and remedy this problem in our communities. We hope that with the ceramic water filters, people with very limited access to water can indeed recycle the water they have used to clean fruits and vegetables and make it drinking water among other uses.

SWCEA is now advertising the innovative technology now on SunRise radio 94.8FM on a trial period to get the word out about the ceramic water filter availability in the shop in Ngulelo. We’re grateful for all the support we have had from our various partners in overcoming some barriers and we’re looking forward to a great year full of victories.