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Testimonial from Grand Circle Foundation (GCF) water filter project at Amboseli – August 2012

For many travelers, news that the water delivered to us by the water board is unsafe comes as a shock. In Arusha alone, our water that comes through the tap has 109 detectable bacteria that are harmful. Imagine now, how much bacteria there is in the water that the Maasai collect from rivers, stagnant pools of water, and water holes that are frequented by wild life and livestock.

So when a Tanzanian Trip Leader, David Mollel, discovered the Safe Water Ceramic Filter, he was quick to get GCF involved. The filter is made from a mixture of clay, sawdust, and colloidal silver. The filter is tested at 99.99% microbial effectiveness. It purifies water with no need to boil, is easy to use, low maintenance, saves money, environmentally friendly as no need to use bottled water, locally made, and lasts up to 5/6 years. WOW. At a cost of 37$ each, a household using 1 kerosene cooker to boil water, will pay back the water filter in 3 months by not purchasing kerosene. Double WOW…WOW.

Our generous travellers raised more than 1500$ for this worthwhile project of which funds were spent to purchase 11 filters for the the Maasai Boma at Amboseli. On Thursday, a group of travellers with their Trip Leader Abdi, changed the drinking habits of one Maasai Village forever. They gifted 11 filters, one for each house, in the Boma during their Day In The Life visit.

Ceramic filter, which sits in the bucket, is pictured. Dirty contaminated water is put into the filter.





Within an hour, pure, hygienically clean water, which I tested there and then.The Maasai ladies all came to learn and discover the ease in which to have safe water.  Thrilled???  Yes they were!!!!



So many memorable occurrences also happened that day. The Boma had 2 new baby goats and a calf, born overnight prior to our visit. We also had 2 physicians on the trip, one of whom gave a demonstration to the Maasai ladies on how to keep the children’s eyes clean and free from  fly infestation. And then there was also The White Maasai, “MIKE”, who made us proud in the jump off with the Maasai.


We also had a retired schoolteacher who relished the opportunity to spend 10 mins teaching Grade 7 about American wildlife. This was a huge success. Once word was out there was “An American ” taking a class, practically the whole school spilled out from class and stood at every window watching the adhoc lesson..

A day of Learning and Discovery, teaching, gift giving, playing, Risk Taking, being courageous, being humbled.This is how we spent our day in the life with the Maasai and our day at the GCF school.

Sandra Vaughan, East Africa Operations Coordinator, GCF