Did you ever wonder how relationships that span 9,000 miles get started? This month Eric Lijodi, our Africa Programs Manager, is on a journey to explore a new partnership with the people of Matsakha and Kenyan peacemaking group Transforming Community for Social Change, in the first community engagement out of our Kakamega center. In this Chat Eric will share what it is like to grow our global community, and we’ll learn how Appreciative Inquiry, assets versus needs, and the 4D Cycle is transforming how we work.
WHEN: Friday, October 30 2020. 12:00-1:00pm (Pacific time)
This year we are embracing Thanksgiving week as a time to give thanks to all those working to help others help themselves. The world may seem dark, but our team of partners and friends are finding new ways to build futures. Let’s turn Black Friday into a day of light and hope as we start a new future together. Reserve your place for an entertaining free virtual event of stories and fun as we get an early start on celebrating a new year.
WHEN: Friday, November 27 2020. 4:30pm (Pacific time)
The Friendly Water for the World board meeting is open to the public. Each board meeting is different, but we always share updates about the core functions of our work and the current administrative status of the organization. If you’d like to know what it’s like on the inside, register to join the fun. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate, so these meetings are hosted online using Zoom.com video conferencing. We hope to see you there.
WHEN: Sunday, November 15 2020. 2:00-4:00pm (Pacific time)
This year marks the passage of our 10th anniversary. It’s been a subdued celebration as so many people continue to suffer through a difficult year. But we are needed more than ever. And we continue because of you; supporters and local partners and communities who believe in each other, hope, and good work. To honor both the past that made us and the new future we are creating together, this year we are launching a new website. Our website is a way for us to tell our story and invite others to help people help themselves. In this Chat we share our new site and then, most importantly, share the different ways you can join and participate in the good work of so many. Aired: September 25 2020
More than a year ago we met representatives from the Zambia Women and Girls Foundation to learn about their community. Those meetings inspired a multi-technology project training, a training that produced our first Coach and skills that would empower the community to build the first school made with bricks using a Friendly Water for the World Interlocking Soil Stabilized Brick press. Now we are planning to build on those successes by scaling the project into a program that can benefit the entire community and the additional 30 schools they hope to build. In this Chat we introduce Monze town, share how we got here, and what the future may hold. Aired: August 28 2020
Little known fact: smoke from cooking fires kills more people worldwide each year than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. And it is a leading cause of blindness and respiratory disease. How can we help? Well, we have a field-made rocket stove that burns so hot that it attains almost complete combustion – smoke and pollutants are consumed in the fire. And we are learning how to implement it and other designs by studying cooking habits and customs from around the world. Watch our Chat to learn how improving a cooktop can save forests, reduce burns, and accelerate cooking. That and we share updates on our work in Monze, Tijuana, Wardha, and Raranya. Aired: July 31 2020
This week our presenters take us on a journey to four corners of the world: Kenya; Bolivia; India; and Mongolia. If you’re curious about how you travel to the remote places where we work, what it’s like to walk alongside our communities, how a training takes place in the field, or the impact it can have on you lending a hand to people around the world, you don’t want to miss this Chat. Several of our supporters volunteer their time and their memories of the life-changing travels they’ve made to support people and communities most in need. Aired: June 12 2020
What do water and bricks have in common? Quite a lot it turns out. Bricks form the foundation of water catchments, microflush toilets, and lots of opportunities. They also become walls for better schools and healthier clinics. And they’re an asset that builds resilience and greater confidence in the future. Hear how we are deploying Interlocking Soil Stabilized Brick presses to create bricks that don’t need to be fired, can be created on site with a small team, are low cost, and are significantly better for the environment. Aired: June 5 2020
Most of us have had a coach. Their job is to help the team unlock and reach its full potential. To get the most out of every situation. To achieve things that maybe they never thought they could accomplish. And that’s just what our new Coaches will be doing with their local communities. This week we introduce our first Coach, Warren Mwenda of Monze, Zambia. Hear how he, and this new approach to improve the effectiveness of our development projects will be a cornerstone of our post-training programming. Aired: May 22 2020
John MacLean is the President of Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation, a former Adjunct Professor at Evergreen State University, and an expert in international financing for sustainable economies. In this Chat he shares his experience working with the World Bank and Green Climate Fund to finance projects in developing countries that build climate resilience. Aired: May 15 2020
Join Eric Lijodi from Kenya, Godfrey Mtega from Tanzania, Binyamin Christy from India, and a global group of friends, as they share the impact the novel coronavirus has had on them, their countries and local communities. And discover how it is but one of many hardships their people face.
Aired: May 8 2020
Three feet down. That short distance trip is all it takes to turn dirty water clean, to turn sickness into health, and to provide an opportunity for a better life. This week discover how to build a cement box that can create 30 years of clean water every day for a family of ten. All using local resources and local communities. Based on almost 200-year-old slow-sand filter technology, our Project Manager Wayne Medrud explains both how to build and run a BioSand Water Filter, and why this low-cost and low-tech approach is so effective saving lives. Aired: May 1 2020
For 43 years David Albert, our Board Chairman, has been visiting India, promoting ideals of peace and nonviolence, equality and community, ecological sustainability and stewardship, and meeting and sharing with friends who have devoted their lives to do the same. In this Chat, David, joined by Ronelle and Uma, talks about his experience awarding purple umbrellas, sharing our technologies with other nonprofits and foundations, and most importantly, seeing our work come to life for refugees, Dalits, and other marginalized and disadvantaged people. Aired: April 24 2020
How do you grow food with no water? How do you ensure children eat and eat nutritiously? How can you give people the hope, confidence, and knowledge to feed themselves? Discover the answers to these questions from permagarden expert, Peter Jensen. Permagardens combine components of permaculture, bio-intensity, and design to create sustainable agriculture that maximizes production. The method shows how farmers around the world with only a small amount of land can produce food throughout the year using proper gardening and resource management. Aired: April 17 2020
Join our first guest speaker, current volunteer and former board member Ginny Stern as she takes you on a journey to Tanzania. Ginny is a former hydrogeologist who has led water projects for marginalized communities across Tanzania. As a scientist she understands and will share the extraordinary challenges they face and how hydrophilanthropy has become an important vehicle to build resiliency and self-reliance. Aired: April 10 2020
10 years ago, Friendly Water for the World formally started working to create hope through clean water around the world. The genesis for the organization began long before that, as serendipity and generosity brought together two men, one ancient but new technology – the BioSand Water Filter, and a new way to mobilize people to develop communities. Hear David Chat about how it all started, before Curt shares where the organization is going next. Aired: April 3 2020
Are you craving some conversation? Looking for something new to do? Maybe you’re disappointed that we had to cancel our World Water Day event? Then join our Board Chairman, David Albert and Executive Director, Curt Andino, for a community conversation. In our very first Zoom Chat we talk about Covid-19, how it is impacting families in India and Africa, and share some information about Friendly Water for the World. Aired: March 27 2020