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Consumer purchases of LifeStraw® fund donor program for communities lacking safe water sources

By Eartheasy.com Posted Apr 22, 2013

lifestraw in AfricaIn a small village outside Cape Town, South Africa, school children drink from untreated surface water. This contaminated water is the only option, as there is no piped water in the school grounds. The inexpensive LifeStraw® water filter, manufactured by Vestergaard-Frandsen, is a simple solution to providing safe drinking water for their school.

Eartheasy, using funds set aside from consumer purchases of LifeStraw, is working to help bring this efficient water filtration technology to communities in need of safe drinking water. Eartheasy’s donation of $10,000 will provide safe drinking water to 400 families in African communities for three years until wells can be built.

Ben & Aran from EartheasyEartheasy works with The Rotary Foundation, the parent organization of over 34,000 Rotary clubs across the globe. The Rotary Foundation has a matching funds grant program in which Eartheasy’s donation of $10,000 was included in a matching grant to a total donation of $37,000. The overall donation will provide training and distribution of LifeStraw Family water filters for over 1,150 households, meeting their need for clean water for over three years.

Consultation with local health authorities and community leaders is a critical part of the donor program, ensuring that the donations address recipient needs, and donor activities are appropriate to community planning strategies. In South Africa, the Sea Point Rotary chapter in Cape Town will be incorporating Eartheasy’s donation into their Safe Water Project which has a goal of providing 10 million liters of safe drinking water to nearby communities through the distribution of LifeStraw Family water filters.

Safe Water Project Co-ordinator Dr Tony Davidson reports that his team has identified areas in Grabouw and Swellendam, outside Cape Town, as initial recipients for this donation. Initially, 200 families in at-risk communities around the two towns will receive filters. In addition, the community of Muxima in Angola has been chosen for the distribution of 200 LifeStraw Family units.

LifeStraw Padang DonationEartheasy’s donation of LifeStraws to those in need is ongoing. Prior to this donation to Rotary, Eartheasy donated LifeStraws to emergency workers in the city of Padang, Indonesia during local flooding last October. Funds for this donation were also made possible by customer purchases of LifeStraw, a portion of which is set aside by Eartheasy for humanitarian causes.

Eartheasy would like to thank Dr. Rad Fisher of the Pantano Rotary Club, Stephen Copek of The Rotary Foundation, and Dr. Tony Davidson of Sea Point Rotary.

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About LifeStraw

LifeStraw® water filters convert even the dirtiest water into safe drinking water. LifeStraw is easy to use, and requires no electricity, batteries or replacement parts. The personal version is ideal for out-of-home use by hikers, campers or people displaced by natural disasters. LifeStraw Family®, used in homes, provides an average family of five with safe water for at least three years. The personal version of LifeStraw is currently available to consumers in North America in many retail stores, while LifeStraw Family will be available to consumers shortly. For the purposes of the Africa donor program, the LifeStraw Family filters were donated. In Indonesia, the LifeStraw Personal filters were donated.

About Eartheasy

Eartheasy.com is a family run company dedicated to promoting sustainable living. In addition to publishing guides for sustainable living, Eartheasy is the North American wholesale distributor of the LifeStraw products. A portion of LifeStraw sales made on Eartheasy.com are donated to those in need of clean water.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sumit.arora.372661 Sumit Arora

    Great job done by you. In future, providing pure water will become a multi billion business,just wait and see.

  • http://www.nomadcapitalist.com/ Nomad Capitalist

    Good for you. The water issue is a very tenuous one. Supplying clean water to the emerging world population will be a difficult task and one that so many people will be working on. The Lifestraw is an interesting device and seems so well suited for that purpose.

  • http://www.topbuy.com.au/ William

    Well done. Your donation is so generous and important to those who suffer water shortage. Great job.

  • Farrell John Conejos

    First of all, I commend you for what you’ve did. It’s just inspiring to know that in this time, there are still good Samaritans who are willing to help others. Water is a very important element in our world. It is very essential to our body and it is very important to have consume a clean water for our safety. May you be blessed for your good activity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708477949 Janae Smith

    Faith in humanity increased!

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