1. Habitat For Humanity Egypt Partnership– Sept. 2019- Present
WaterNow responded to a call from the Director of Habitat For Humanity Egypt (HFHE) , a part of Habitat for Humanity International. ‘Habitat Egypt started work in 1989, As a result of the efforts made over 30 years, Habitat Egypt Has Helped 38,000 families in 40 communities to date to Have a decent, simple, healthy and affordable houses, get access to water, and sanitation. The target beneficiaries are people with low income, vulnerable and marginalized groups.’
WaterNow met with HFHE; and partnered to provide filters for much needed clean water for their housing projects in-progress. The water coming from the majestic Nile River, is now polluted and can’t be used for drinking as it used to do in the past generations. Due to drought over the past years, rainwater catchment is not feasible, therefore water filtration is the top candidate for widespread clean water usage, so that plastic water bottles can be displaced as the only alternative – since it causes environmental damage and is not sustainable. We plan to go back for a Phase 2 in 2021, and supply hundreds more filters for regenerative water and housing systems.
2. HUNI KUIN, BOA VISTA CLEAN WATERNOW PROJECT – NOV. 2019- PRESENT
Women, in order to obtain water for drinking, cooking and other household needs, spend hours daily walking to clean water sources or carrying heavy loads uphill – often several times a day. Even then, the water is often contaminated or only treated with chlorine, which also adversely affects health. Human health effects caused by waterborne transmission: mild gastroenteritis to severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis and typhoid fever. Contaminated water can be the source of large outbreaks of disease, including cholera, dysentery and cryptosporidiosis.
WaterNow received $42,000 in charity funding from Apple Inc. in September 2019.
These funds were used to implement a clean water initiative that includes: Digging a new deep water well, installing a holistic water system, 5 purification filters, 4 water drinking stations, sanitation system, and solar pumps with panels. WaterNow travelled to Brazil in Dec. 2019- Jan. 2020. 75% of the material was delivered and project started; but was forced to halt construction due to the emerging Covid19 pandemic. The project is still on hold, and we plan to return to complete the initiative once the green light is given from the indigenous community and local authorities.