As Paul began to explore in our previous project reports (links above), the social, financial, and engineering-based obstacles that prevented ‘Quench Lingira’ from taking root are all players in a more complex challenger to development and aid around the world, one that we were not able to responsibly address in our brief time abroad. Though disappointed, we found solace in our plans to donate the unused ceramic filters to another NGO in another area of Uganda.
The plan to donate the unused ceramic filters remains a high-priority project for Tawi. We have a few potential partner NGOs in the area, including an organization that Julius (a SHIM employee) is connected to, though we may wait to move the filters until one of our directors can facilitate the donation in-country this summer. Until then, the filters remain boxed and protected at the Lingira Living Hope Secondary School on Lingira Island.
If someone has no means, such as chlorine drops or charcoal to boil water, that number would be a fantastic improvement on the lake water they currently drink. However, 97% effectiveness for kegs, or even the 98.5% for just a pot filter will still result in occasional sickness. Therefore, both of these household systems pale— mildly, next to the community chlorination systems that SHIM promotes in the region. They will achieve 100% safe water when operated correctly. Ultimately, unless the kegs or pots were able to match that, we would not have had our host’s full support.
Friends, family, supporters, and curious readers, we hope all is going well for you as we quickly move into summer. As you may know, the EDGE Project travel team is currently working on their projects in Uganda on Lingira Island. This, of course, means our safe water project is presently underway and making progress. The couple months before leaving for Uganda, the team worked day in and day out on preparations of every aspect; delivery of ceramic kegs, water testing kits, travel options, and how to get a hold of necessary supplies in Uganda.
Currently, the team has found themselves neck deep in their efforts to supply Lingira with a viable option for safe and healthy water. With the help of one of the Kosim Water Keg founders, we're able to begin E Coli testing to deem the kegs effective and ready for on-site implementation. Even with preliminary tests, the basic ceramic filters showed no traces of E Coli and a cleaner water in general. This will only get more sanitary with the full assembly of the kegs.
Our most difficult step is to ensure the sustainability of these kegs once they have been placed in households around the island. Ongoing efforts on the island are trying to solve this question, which involves a lot of education series about water sanitation, as well as more integration of the filter with the culture. The travelers have been doing their best at spreading the word and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the necessity of clean water. These efforts are all to see the kegs successfully assembled and put into action, but more importantly, are to draw normal means of drinking water away from the lake into a healthier and safer solution. The positive impacts clean water can have are immense, and only when Lingira has a healthy population will our other projects hold more weight and help as many people as possible.
Thanks, folks, for your incredible support in our efforts. Make sure to keep up with the EDGE Project's blog (link at the bottom) to see what the travelers have been up to. It's a good way to hear what is going on through the perspective of the travelers themselves.
The EDGE Project
Friends and Supporters,
We first want to say thanks to you for making our matching campaign a fantastic success. Your help has brought us to a comfortable position as we begin to cement our plans for the implementation of our clean water project in a community with profound need. It is a treat to wrap-up the fundraising for this project and look to the remaining weeks before our trip without worry of being short of funding. All the scales are tipped in our favor as we close in on our return to Uganda.
Still, in the coming two months, we will be busy with several things. Among them will be finalizing the arrival and stay of on of the world's few water keg experts on the island. She will use her experience with several other projects to make sure that we build the filters with great deal of quality and see to it that they are placed where they will be well managed. We also are working out how to send a 50lb mold for the ceramic part of the filter to a ceramic factory in Kiminini, Kenya. That facility was started with the help of various Canadian groups and is meant to produce strictly ceramic pot filters. We will be their first keg-specific customers. Lastly we are working out plans on how to integrate the kegs into homes. As is, floor space goes at a premium and people seem to be content to drink turbid water. Therefore, we will be teaching how to use the kegs, but also why to use the kegs.
Inevitably, the time remaining before we travel to Lingira will evaporate before we can even blink. So we will be hard at work documenting our final plans for our month-long stay. But, please stay in touch. Hearing from a supporter who is so invested as to follow-up is a great experience. So write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can count on a timely response.
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