Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen

by ROTARY CLUB OF DRONFIELD BENEVOLENT FUND
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen

Project Report | Oct 10, 2022
Report #12 - Status of Shipments October 2022

By Michael Whetton | Project Leader

Aquabox - Gift of Life

Report #12

 - Table of Contents.

  1. General Comments.
  2. EIGHTH Aquabox shipment en route to YEMEN.
  3. Now saving for NINTH Aquabox shipment to YEMEN.
  4. Total shipments to YEMEN to date.

Other Aquabox news.

       5.  Shipments to Ukraine.

       6.  Shipments to Pakistan Flood areas.

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1.  General Comments.

Many thanks to donors for the funds already accumulated, which are received from GlobalGiving monthly and transferred to Aquabox in full within two working days.

This includes non-targeted donations which are thankfully allocated to this project by GlobalGiving. The crisis in Yemen continues and your donations have been and continue to be much needed. Apart from one part time administrator Aquabox is staffed entirely by volunteers.

 

This project raises funds specifically for the benefit of the needy in Yemen. There are other and newer disasters around the globe, sometimes appearing to suppress news of an ongoing crisis such as the Yemen conflict. Unfortunately, there is still a great need for the support of those caught up in this dreadful conflict.

Aquabox gets no government funding and relies entirely on donations for its life-saving work. Each Aquabox family filter costs £30 to assemble and has the potential to process up to half a million litres of contaminated water over its lifespan so every £10 donation could pay for more than 170,000 litres of clean, safe water.

Innovative AquaFilter technology produces safe and clean drinking water instantly and reliably without the need for chemicals. The AquaFilter Family and Community units are based on sub-micron filters which are impenetrable to bacteria and most viruses. The AquaFilter uses an ultra-filtration system which is capable of removing all waterborne pathogens.

Whenever a disaster strikes, whether it is natural or man-made, there is always an urgent need to provide safe drinking water to those affected. Water supplies are typically severely affected in the aftermath of a disaster. Water pipes may be destroyed, or the water supply will be contaminated with water from sewage and drains.

On 18 June 2022 were the 30th birthday celebrations and open day at the new depot. The event was attended by Mrs Elizabeth Forthergill CBE, Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire. Ukraine is currently top priority.

 2.  EIGHTH Aquabox shipment en route to Yemen.

The planning of this shipment was reported in the previous Report#11. The shipment actually left the depot on 3 October 2022. Once again, the shipment container and costs were shared with JOY (Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire) who provide medical materials and equipment, plus educational materials for children.

 The shipment consisted of 250 Gold Boxes, full humanitarian aid boxes,  which, in addition to a Family Filter, will also contain items to build shelters, hygiene items, cooking equipment and survival equipment. 

 The Family Filters will provide safe drinking water for 1500 people. 

 Cost to Aquabox of eighth shipment to Yemen (excluding delivery).

250 gold boxes @ £150 per box =  £ 37,500, with each box including a Family Filter.

This is the value as quoted at the start of this GlobalGiving project, but in fact costs have increased over the last 3+ years.

3.  Now saving for the NINTH Aquabox shipment to Yemen.

The date for this shipment is not scheduled at the moment. This will depend on how quickly funds can be raised, noting that the majority of the funding for Yemen shipments has been raised separate to GlobalGiving. The impact of Ukraine on donations from the public in general has also tended to take Yemen out of the spotlight, which in turn has magnified the need for the support of Yemen.

 4.  Total shipments to Yemen to date.

2022 - 250 Gold Boxes shipped 3 October 2022.

2022 - 300 Gold Boxes shipped in April

2021 - 400 Gold Boxes

2020 - 500 Gold Boxes

2020 - 5 Community Filters

2020 - 120 Family Filters

2019 - 270 Gold Boxes

2018 - 60 Gold Boxes  (trial shipment)

Each of the 2030 Gold Boxes contains a Family Filter.

The total of 2150 Family Filters and 5 Community Filters delivered to Yemen can produce over 1100 million litres of clean drinking water over the working lives of the filters.

 The total Aquabox cost of the shipments to Yemen is so far well over £300,000 .

Other Aquabox news.

This project raises funds specifically for the benefit of the needy in Yemen. In addition to Yemen, Aquabox has the following plans for shipment of aid packages. Note that the items shipped are dependent on the priorities specified at the point of destination. Whereas Yemen have prioritized Gold Boxes so as to provide essential humanitarian items as well as water filters, in other cases the priority is clean water. Water filters constitute the urgent requirement from Aquabox in the case of war in Ukraine and the floods in Pakistan.

5.  Shipments to Ukraine.

At the Aquabox Trustees meeting on 10th May, the Aquabox board agreed that in view of the unfolding situation in Ukraine, that would be their number one priority for the production and supply of shipments of Aquafilters for the following six months.

 By May 2022 Aquabox had committed and supplied more than £10,000 worth of water filters to the Ukraine. These filters will provide safe drinking water for 15,000 people - or 30 million litres of water over the lifetime of the pumps.

 Shipments to date have included: 

  • 12 family filters through the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower
  • 4 community filters through the Ukrainian Society
  • 48 family filters through Lifeline, the Chernobyl children's charity
  • 20 community filters through the Rotary Club of Potsdam in Germany and Kiev Rotary Club  

These shipments represent Aquabox’s initial response to the disaster unfolding in Ukraine, but as the situation becomes clearer it is evident that access to safe drinking water is of paramount importance. Aquabox are currently working with another Rotary disaster response charity, Water Survival Box, to supply a further 300 family filters plus 20 community filters. These will form part of a joint consignment of more than 600 filters, for distribution by the WASH group within Ukraine

The cost to Aquabox of this initiative was £16,000 plus shipping, but it will provide safe drinking water for a further 15,000 people.

These above shipments represent Aquabox’s initial response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Aquabox are working with another Rotary disaster response charity, Water Survival Box, to supply a further 300 Family Filters plus 20 Community Filters. These will form part of a joint consignment of more than 600 filters, for distribution by the WASH group within Ukraine.

The provision of the Aquafilters to provide safe water also prevents the spread of diseases.

6.  Shipment to Pakistan Flood areas.

Aquabox have sent their first consignment of water filters to Pakistan. The initial consignment comprised of 24 Aqua 12 boxes containing a total of 288 Family filters, and 20 Community filters ideal for larger organisations such as hospitals and schools. The have the capability to meet the water needs for 13,000 people. The cost to Aquabox will be nearly £20,000 .

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Project Leader:
Michael Whetton
Chesterfield , United Kingdom

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