Work with Hope Revival Children's Organization (HRCO) and Friendly Water for the World to expand access to low-cost, clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation.
We are seeking students to collaborate with Friendly Water for the World, an award-winning non-profit situated in Olympia, Washington, that works to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, community-building, peacemaking, and sustainability.
ELN Director, Mara Huber, first connected with the work of Friendly Water while in Tanzania, observing first-hand the impact of their BioSand filters and educational outreach within the remote Mara Region. Since that initial meeting, she learned that Friendly Water works with communities around the world who have little in the way of access to resources, except for their own intelligence, resilience, pent-up initiative, labor, generosity and caring. By sharing their knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water, they help to end a culture of dependency, enabling people and communities to take charge of their lives. They look for technologies and approaches that are proven, affordable, utilize local materials and resources, and easily teachable, and can be replicated, so that they do in one community together can be readily spread to others. By teaching people to build and install BioSand Water Filters, combined with community sanitation and hygiene education, they seek to reduce and ultimately remove the threat of cholera, typhoid, bacterial dysentery, Rotavirus, hepatitis A, cryptosporidiosis, and other waterborne illnesses. They are also working with communities to explore approaches to rainwater catchment, hygiene stations, soap making, spring and water source protection, MicroFlush toilets, rocket stoves and non-fired, soil-stabilized brick-making.
With so many of our students interested in clean water and global community development, Mara was eager to explore possibilities for collaboration and student engagement. She is delighted that UB students have been invited through our new Project Portal to contribute their talents and interests to existing programs and initiatives, and explore new innovations and opportunities.
Developing projects include an asset based community development study in Musoma, Tanzania. The project involves site based research and GIS mapping and will lay the foundation for future collaborative initiatives.
Students will contribute to the goals and vision of Friendly Water for the World, engaging in ongoing projects and contributing to new and evolving initiatives. Students can engage in the following categories of activities and resources:
|Length of commitment||Other: projects can align with scheduled trainings, trips and events|
|Level of collaboration||Other: individual or group projects welcomed|
|Who is eligible||Anyone|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience.
To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.
Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: