• Water. every drop counts.

    Poverty, Industrial Design


    Water. One of, if not the most important resource needed for all forms of life. More than one billion people don’t have sufficient water to drink, shower, cook and farm. Women are mostly effected as they have to haul water from the source, which deprives them from education. The fact they cant use their land to grow food to eat and sell increases their state of poverty.

    In high school, I flew to Laos with a group of 14 friends and worked in an orphanage for a few weeks teaching and interacting with the young children on a daily basis. When we got back to Hong Kong, we spent the whole school year raising money for this specific orphanage. We also could decide what we wanted to do with the respectable amount of money we have raised. We decided to buy them a water pump that meant the children could stay in school rather than travel for a whole day to bring water back (they left early in the morning in groups of two, at age 8, this was quite dangerous). I would like to think we have improved their lives somewhat.

    This connects to the idea I was talking about previously- low birthrate in some parts of the world..

    I have learned that everything is connected. All the problems in the world are connected and depend on eachother. catch 22 style.

    I was reading massive change (great book, but can check out the website: http://www.massivechange.com) And really got into the chapter about water.

    A topic that I read about here and has been attracting my attention for quite a long time is WATER

    “global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. If current trends persist, by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise to 56% above the amount that is currently available.” Maude Barlow

    A product that I was introduced to by a teacher in sophomore year was the LifeStraw. (http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw.htm)

    Designed to turn any surface water into drinking water. It has proven to be effective against waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and diarrhea, and removes particles as small as fifteen microns

    Amazing product... AH!

    Next I want to read:

    1. ‘The end of poverty’
    2. ‘Feeding the future: from fat to famine’

    Other ideas they talk about in Massive change I would like to explore: Sharing- “learning to share: to imagine that any one closed group could solve the complex problems we face today is folly. The free and open software movements promise to overcome our territorial attitudes and take advantage of our COLLECTIVE POTENTIAL “ – this is what I was talking about in my TWIST- working together. No one is strong enough alone. We need to understand eachother and believe that everyone wants the best for everyone else. Problem is, maybe not everyone should be trusted, or wants the other to benefit.. (I tend to trust people until they prove my wrong, other people have a ‘trust no one’ attitude..)

    Maybe we need to start with education… and sharing is the next step

    Or educate SHARING Sharing= caring Cheesy but true.

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