A small shipment of water filters capable of preventing the spread of cholera, typhoid, and other bacterial illnesses recently arrived in Botswana as part of a pilot project supported by Sukhi 222 International in partnership with Dadek Orphanage Home .
“This small project will demonstrate what cooperation and the use of available technology can do to impact the access to clean water for over 1,000 people,” said Charles Holsopple, the founder of Sukhi 222.
He stressed that it is critical for the filters to be properly maintained by members of the community so that they can continue using them for the next 10 years and benefit the most people possible.
Sukhi 222 International is a collection of people and associations who realise all human beings are better off if everyone has access, with dignity, to clean water, secure shelter, and nutritious food.
In establishing a local Sukhi 222 chapter, Botswana joins 16 other countries carrying out similar water filter projects. Filter installation by Sukhi222 teams in Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Pakistan, Tanzania, Nepal, Ghana, Kenya and Cameroon have recently been completed. In Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, DRC and South Africa, chapters are preparing for the filters’ distribution.
Holsopple said his vision is to incubate Sukhi 222 chapters in every country and help create jobs while expanding the filter programme to the scale required.
“This is one pillar of a global strategy to allocate more resources to food, water, and shelter. “These small water filter projects are evidence of what is required and what is possible if Phase 2 is funded. “The pilot has revealed that the cost of deploying the filters can be reduced to $50 per filter while helping provide local jobs,” he said.