Kenya/Uganda Project

1-kids @ traditional water sources in Kenya & Uganda (looks like chocolate milk) 2-Carl Daikeler & Father Kizito deciding to do something about this death sentence. 3-by installing rainwater harvesting & filtration systems on 12 schools in Kenya & Uganda. 4-end result of their decision will be thousands of students having their own source of safe drinking water right at school.

The current Kenya/Uganda Project is a joint effort between Beachbody and RainCatcher.

Our goal is ‘Water for Everyone’ our method: Sharing . . . In places like Africa and Haiti we share solutions with people who suffer from the effects of unsafe drinking water and under-nutrition (from lack of food). In America people have access to safe water, but are obviously suffering from the effects of under-nutrition (while over eating): consuming more calories than they burn.

RainCatcher shares common sense water solutions in developing countries around the world.

Beachbody shares health & lifestyle solutions in America and developed countries around the world. Can read more about this collaboration at  http://carldaikeler.blogspot.com/search/label/Raincatcher.

Starfish & Pistol

The ongoing contributions of many friends and colleagues are making a huge difference in many lands, including: Haiti, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Sumatra, Chile.

Here’s a painting at an Argentine UN Military base in Haiti.

Here’s a well known fable – a story I use to describe our work:

‘It’s extreme low tide and tens of thousands of starfish are stranded on the beach. An eight year old girl is picking them up one at a time and tossing them back into the ocean. A jogger has stopped far down the beach and is carefully observing all this. Eventually he walks up to the girl and says with authority, “This is a noble effort little girl, but (pointing up and down the beach to thousands of dying starfish) it isn’t going to make a difference”. In silence the girl bends down, picks up a starfish, and throws it into the water, then replies, “It made a difference to that one”.

Here’s another way I describe our work: In the remote regions of the world where we bring our clean-water systems, the practice of fetching drinking water from traditional sources is akin to playing Russian Roulette (A bullet is placed in one of six chambers –  the pistol is pointed at your own head – you pull the trigger and hope it isn’t your turn to die). When we go into an area and distribute simple bucket filters we are effectively removing that bullet from the gun. It makes sense that kids around the world shouldn’t have to play Russian Roulette every time they take a drink of water.

New Haiti Video

To bring new sources of clean drinking water to Africa, Jack Rose created RainCatcher. To bring these systems to the rest of the world, Jack’s son, Jon, founded Waves for Water: www.wavesforwater.org

New video by Jarrod Holbrook – Now showing on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/07/14/holbrooke.haiti.water.filter.cnn?iref=allsearch

and a more in-depth version appearing on Vanity Fair:

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/sean-penn-makes-waves-in-haiti.html

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Waves for Water story in OC Register:

http://beach.freedomblogging.com/2010/08/17/hurley-teams-up-with-waves-4-water/26907/

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