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!!!!