Ok, so maybe we are a little bias on this one. But hey, can you blame us? Besides, this is the perfect gift for the person who has it all or would rather use 100% of their Christmas to help others in need. $100 provides a family with a TivaWater filter- giving them clean water for over 5 years! Donate a filter in someone's honor and we will send you a donation card, photo and bio of the family for you to gift to your loved one. Ready to send a filter? Click here!
"We design and sell an inspired collection of jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe. To make a difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities, we partner with Artisan Businesses that share our passion for building a flourishing world. We develop these businesses through fair trade, empowering them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them."
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Partnerships are initiated through the exchange of school uniforms and after they are repuposed and sold through YOUME, the proceeds go back into the community to fund projects that address both immediate and long term, systematic needs. Check out what they've got.
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Bukasa, Kampala, Uganda: Last week, TivaWater distributed 220 filters to families in Bukasa, a community located outside of Kampala. About 3,000 families live in Bukasaand 80% of them are of Rwandanese origin. Most are from the Hutu Tribe, a group that originally escaped the Rwandan war by going to the Congo in 1994 and then reunited in various refugee camps in Uganda. Those that stayed have rebuilt their lives in Bukasa.
Some still reside in the refugee camps, which has been “an enriching and tough experience” as expressed by one of the residents. There is still a language barrier (cannot speak the language of Uganda: Lugandan), so many residents do odd jobs, however, others have been able to start their own small businesses.
About 80% of the residents get their water from the tap, but it is not safe to drink and must be boiled. The rest collect their water from an open well. It is expensive to boil water and oftentimes families cannot afford to buy the coal necessary to boil every time. This leaves many of them, especially children, sick with various waterborne illnesses. The community of Bukasa was incredibly grateful for the TivaWater filters. We did not have enough filters for every family this time around, but they all pleaded we bring more. We will continue to support this community as we raise support.
Water source: Simu river
For three years, some residents of Kimuli have enjoyed drinking water from TivaWater filters. They express their love for how good their water tastes now. The village health center reports families with TivaWater filters in their homes are much healthier than families without one.
Here are two stories of families impacted by TivaWater filters:
Michael and Peter
"This water is very sweet!" Michael and his son Peter (right) use their TivaWater filter for everything: cooking, cleaning, washing, and drinking. Before they had their filter, they drank water straight from the river, which made them very sick and cause them to miss work and school. Now, they are much healthier and are able to lead better, more productive lives. Peter just finished school and aspires to earn his college degree. He plays soccer and during our visit was very curious to learn how the filter actually purifies the water.
Above: Micheal (left) and Peter speak with Jake, our International Business Manager, about the effectiveness of their filter. Below: We partner with ChildFund in Uganda to provide filters to families. Michael and Peter received their filter through ChildFund. As you can see, it is decorated- the family takes great pride in their filter.
Jacqulyn noticed a big difference in her family's health once they started using their TivaWater filter and now they use it for everything. They also love how the water tastes! Jacqulyn shared that she has only ever washed her baby in TivaWater water. She says her whole family is healthy now because of TivaWater.
Lives are being saved and changed because of TivaWater filters. Your contributions matter. Please consider making a gift to help a family in need: www.tivwater.com/give
Families in Ajidak have had their filters for two years. They typically collect their water from a borehole, however, it sometimes breaks for months at a time forcing them to drink the water from their local lake. Both sources are contaminated and dirty, which is why TivaWater filters are vital to the health of a family. Julius has a very large family and they all drink the filtered water. They absolutely love the taste and have noticed a significant improvement in their health since drinking from their TivaWater filter. To show their gratitude, they gifted our team with two chickens, which was an extravagant act of appreciation.
Above: Our team being given two chickens in an extravagant act of appreciation.
Below: Julius and his wife with their filter
Your contributions to TivaWater provide families with access to safe drinking water, which is life-saving and life-changing. You can make a gift here. We encourage you to consider becoming part of our monthly giving team. Those that are committed to supporting TivaWater are truly the lifeblood of this organization. Take a look at different giving options.
Water source: local borehole
Some families of Atekwa have been using their TivaWater filters for a year and a half and love that the water now tastes good. The water source is not only dirty and rife with typhoid, but emits an unpleasant odor. Those without a TivaWater filter commonly filter their water using a cloth and pot- a method that causes many to become ill.
Charles' big family, including their baby, only drink water from their TivaWater filter. Since receiving their TivaWater filter, Charles reports that his entire family has become healthy. They no longer come down with typhoid, giardia, and other waterborne disease. Not only does their filter remove all the dangerous bacteria, it removes the bad smell and taste. Charles and his family are incredibly grateful for their filter and want everyone in their community to receive one.
"I want every family in my community to have a TivaWater filter."
Stella is married and has one child. Their family of three collect water from the local borehole and use their filter water for everything. Before receiving a TivaWater filter, they drank their water straight from the borehole after running it through a cloth. Because cloth cannot purify water, they often came down with typhoid- forcing them to spend precious resources on medication. Now, with their improved health they are living happier, health lives, and saving money.
Central Baptist Church of Johnson City sent a team of 42 to Rincon De Pacaya in Guatemala this past June. They did amazing work by meeting many needs of the community. The team delivered 50 TivaWater filters in the village homes. During these home visits, doctors and nurses came along to treat the families for parasites, which gave everyone the opportunity to start with a clean gastro system utilizing clean water. The team was careful to take the time to train each family on proper usage and maintenance to ensure the longevity of effectiveness of the filters. Their in-country contacts will do follow-up visits to ensure that they are working properly and have the chance to answer any questions.
In addition to filter deliveries, they set up medical and dental clinics and saw an average of 250 patients each day, did daily Bible School and meals for 160 children, built beds for 25 homes, passed out 500 Luci lights in areas without electricity, and distributed over 500 pounds of food and loved on children.
Jim Harlan, Guatemala Missions Director, says: “Thanks to TivaWater for making this needed ministry possible. We look forward to placing filters again in 2018.”
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If people have wells then why do they need a TivaWater filter?
Good question. Many people think wells and in-home filters are an either/or option for families. If they have access to a well, they don’t need a filter, and if they have a filter, they don’t need wells. However, this isn’t true…. let us explain.
Above: children and woman collect water for their families from a well.
Wells are important because they give people access to water and it is typically safe to drink. Further, more wells mean that people have less distance to walk to collect their water (this saves time, money and increases safety of the people collecting water). But this doesn’t solve the whole problem. Even if people drink water from wells, they have a big risk of still getting sick.
In many developing nations, water is collected in jerrycans. Many times, the jerrycan is dirty and contains dangerous bacteria- so even if the water goes in clean to begin with- it ends up getting recontaminated. Another huge risk is that water is often stored in open containers in the home. This is a major risk factor for recontamination because people use cups and dip their cup/hand down into the open water. Hands are very dirty and when they dip a cup into the water, it’s contaminated all over again. In fact, it is estimated that happens 50% of the time.
Above: girl carrying water home in her jerrycan.
Below: storage pot for water
Unfortunately, wells can also become contaminated over time. This isn’t only a risk for “open wells”, but closed ones as well. Researchers aren’t totally sure exactly why this happens, but their best guess is because people congregate around the wells, so do livestock and other animals, and eventually, somehow, bacteria makes its way down into the well.
To make sure water is safe to drink, water needs to be cleaned and safely stored in the home, at the point of use. (source: The World Health Organization).
As you can see, it is important to have both access to water in addition to a method that cleans water in the home, which is kept in a safe (closed) storage container.
And that is exactly what the TivaWater filter does- cleans the water at home and keeps it safe in the container!
Since 2013, TivaWater has partnered with Powell United Methodist Church from Powell, TN. Year after year we have been moved by their congregation’s passion and commitment to providing safe drinking water and the hope of Jesus to the people of Guatemala.
Every summer, a team from Powell UMC travels to Chichicastenango and deliver filters to families without access to clean water. These TivaWater filters are tangibly sharing the love of God with the most vulnerable communities.
Each December, the leadership of Powell UMC take up a special offering, which will purchase filters for the upcoming mission trip in the summer time. Last year, they purchased 216 filters! Since we began partnering with Powell UMC, they have purchased over 700 filters.
While in Guatemala, they work with their good friend and our operations manager for TivaWater Guatemala, Diego. He is an incredible man of God, dedicated to making sure filters are delivered to those who need it most.
Team members of Powell Church love delivering the filters because not only are they providing people with life giving water, they are able to instantly connect with the people in these communities as they visit their homes and set up the filters.
If your church or organization is interested in providing clean water on your mission trips (either in Guatemala or Uganda), please contact Olivia@tivawater.com
Providing water filters to families is often a life changing experience for everyone involved. They bring people together, create the opportunity for individuals to connect on a personal level and provide vital resources necessary to lead a healthy and productive life.
TivaWater comes alongside churches and organizations that are already doing incredible work and offer our revolutionary filter as a resource. We have the best filter in the world for developing countries and we believe that by using our filter your organization will amplify your impact on communities you serve.
One of our partners, Father's House Church, has provided almost 200 filters to families in Uganda. After using Sawyer filters for a while, they decided to make the switch because of TivaWater’s all-in-one concept and ability to purchase them on location.
Sam, with Father's House Church, shares that “[delivering filters] has been wonderful! To see and feel you are making such a tangible difference has been wonderful.” Their church funds their filters through donations from friends and partners and have seen these filters have a direct and immediate impact on the families that receive them.
...we had the local Imam (head over one of the largest mosques in the country) sitting next to the Catholic Priest and a Charismatic Pastor...and to see how these filters brought these men together for a moment was very impactful.
Sam shared a story that really impacted him: “On our first trip in 2012, we chose to deliver filters to places where they would get the most use, thus we delivered filters to government officials, churches, prisons, schools, etc. At our delivery ceremony, in an area predominantly Muslim (90%), where conflict between Muslims and Christians has been flaring for years, we had the local Imam (head over one of the largest mosques in the country) sitting next to the Catholic Priest and a Charismatic Pastor. I don’t know any other setting where these three would be present, cordial and friendly to each other, and to see how these filters brought these men together for a moment was very impactful. Delivering water filters where the needs are the biggest, regardless of faith, has opened many doors for us to have conversations with both individuals and people of influence, opening the door the long-term impact for Christ.”
If you would like to learn how your church or organization can partner with us, please contact email@example.com.