We visited a NFP in Bali and set up filter. They had connections in poorer area in east Bali so we gave another 5 to be taken there. We headed to Lombok surfing and stayed in a home stay in a small village. We shared the concept with them and were able to leave another 5. My daughter felt like we had a holiday with some extra purpose! Thanks W4W!!
Joey Meloy, 40, CWC
Surfguide of D'Bora Surf Charters, Mentawai islands, West Sumatra.
We delivered clean water filters to isolated villages in the islands Mentawai Telo Islands of Sumatra. We did this post earthquake, post tsunami, and as a part of an ongoing program to distribute filters to those in need. In this art of the world people need to go collect wood to start fires in order to boil water so they can drink somewhat sanitary water. The filters ended that process and now villagers have more time for other economic activities.
Kaitlyn Wright, 26, CWC
Explore. Create. Manifest. Appreciate. Be.
In April this year I moved to a small Mexican border town in Chiapas state called Tapachula. The Mision is run by an Australian couple who live on site with the 30 kids. Each weekend we would take the kids to the beach to surf and swim. And I'd take along the filters. The orphanage had a large filtration system at the house but the filters were great to take with us. And the kids were so grateful to have fresh water! We connected them to large water drums and would fill our bottles from there. In the last few months the older boys (16-18) have moved into a seperate house as part of the YTP (Youth Transitional Program) program and have filters set up in their house also. I kept a few extra filters and whilst traveling to remote areas & have given them to local families and communities. It is so wonderful to see the joy and happiness clean drinking water can bring. The filters are so easy to use and set up and make such a difference. I am so grateful to all the people who have made these filters so accessible. They are making such a difference in people's lives and helping families and communities all over the world one drop at a time.
Kain Sissons, 30, CWC
General guy trying to live life with a purpose - Friend - lover of life and all its gifts from the mountains to sea.
The experience always seems to be very natural and simple. No matter what barriers are in place whether it be language or logistics, once that CLEAN WATER starts flowing through the filter - smiles laughter and awe always seem to shine through. My first Cleanwatercourier experience setting up filters in Southern Madagascar back in 2013. I remember being so nervous and anxious about how it would be received by the local community, but after several minutes the audience from 5 people grew to a crowd of 50 and a great sense of joy which arose from local families witnessing the filters in action. After a few days staying in this area and realising how much the filters were changing their lives. I knew how important becoming a Clean Water Courier was to me and to make it part of my lifestyle for all my future journeys - as I knew I could no longer turn a blind eye to this solvable problem. Which bring us up to today in 2016 and I have delivered/ set up and educated 1000s of people in over 15 countries with the need of the simple necessity of LIFE - access to CLEAN, SAFE drinking WATER.
Dan Savill, CWC
Jen Morilla, 27, CWC
A travel blogger, traveling to inspire others to travel and to give back along the way
Amazing. I mean it isn't an easy task. Entering a country, solo, without knowing the language and offer to help people and change their ways. Especially as a female. My biggest task was getting them to take me seriously and actually believe that it works. Best feeling- is when that water comes our clear/clean when it was poured into the bucket looking like dirty. It's one of my favourite things do to now. Especially when I know I can help!
Matt Barber, 32, CWC
Forever looking for opportunities to better myself or someone else.
Very straight forward from an accessibility perspective. Kain delivered the filters with zero fuss. I did a lesson with a science class on water and the environment and had students set them up. Once I made it to Sri Lanka I found a community that would benefit from the filters.... the community had to travel several kilometres to access clean water to drink, wash and bathe. I then bought a 600L water tank and the community helped me set the tank up with several filters attached. Video below best describes the experience.
Mitch Clark, 26, CWC
Mentawai surf guide, who if given the chance will pat your dog.
Being a Surf Guide in the Mentawai islands is often a pretty dreamy job, surfing perfect waves with good people in paradise. But amongst the picturesque islands are many hidden villages often forgotten by the rest of the world and still do not have access to clean water. Having hosted Kain, the Founder of 'W4W-Project Purpose' into some waves on a recent boat trip in Indo on board the D'Bora, he introduced me to the amazing yet very simple water filters and personally taught me to construct and distribute the filters to the villages. This gave me a great sense of purpose and really makes you feel like you are making a difference, especially when you see the faces of the people receiving the filters. The Surf charters we run on board the D'Bora and the Indo Satu are now dedicated to supplying the much needed filters throughout the Mentawai Islands as well as finding perfect waves! Huge thank you to Kain and the project purpose legends and all the other clean water couriers, I'm stoked to be a part of it!
Mark Thompson, 29, CWC
I like surfing and taking photos
It was really great to see the the Fijians from the near by villages appreciating the gifts of clean water when needed for future natural disasters.
Monique Ledger, 26, CWC
Stoker, passionate, thorough, enthusiastic, keen
After initially not being sure how the suggestion of adding a water filter to their tank supply would be received (new territory for indo vocab), the result was pretty epic. The tiny rural Muslim village of approx 30 people were gathered around as we looked at all the pieces, looked at assembly, and discussed the advantages to their health. The mums in particular were super stoked they wouldn't have to spend so much of their boiling water to wash vegetables and boil out the nasties of their drinking water.
Nathan Savill, 29, CWC
Love to travel, being outdoors surfing, snowboarding, enjoying Mother Nature!!
So we set up some filters on a remote island in the Mentawiis. The island is near a surf break called Thunders, the locals on the island don't have much and farm coconuts for a living. They get there drinking water from a well which isn't clean at all, was awesome to see the locals stoke when we set up the filters. Cant wait to go back to the village next year and see how the filters are working out for them.
Twiggy Van Ryan, 47, CWC
Passionate about helping others whilst living the life I love as a surf guide and charter boat owner/booking agent. An aware grommet stuck in an older persons body :)
I was fortunate enough to meet Kain Sissons on a boat trip and was so impressed by his charity and his efforts to help others I was inspired to try and bring clean water to the entire Mentawai Island chain.
Chris Wright, 31, CWC
I’m a bloke who loves to surf and travel, as well as the daily challenges of running a business and doing the right thing by the world.
I wish I discovered W4W earlier, as there have been so many opportunities in my past travels where I could have given these filters to those that need it most. It is now a great addition to my surf trips and recommend to anyone to get involved and experience it.
George Leslie, 72, CWC
I am a long time surf traveller. I have always been interested in helping out communities that have development issues.
I travelled to remote Sabu Island, Indonesia. Some locals are able to buy bottled water, others just drink whatever they can get.
Once I demonstrated how the filters work, the local Subanese were amazed with the quality of water they now had access to. Permanently leaving the filters I was able to let the locals choose where they could be best utilised.
Jared Barnes, 26, CWC
Be curious, look at the bigger picture and have a sense of adventure.
Travelling solo to Rajastha, Northern India I had some space in my bag which I was able to take clean water filters.
As a general rule the water in India is unsafe to drink, running the risk of falling ill with various diseases, common amongst children.
I encourage anyone traveling to just chuck a couple of these in your spare space of your bag and give it a go! Give a little back to the communities that you visit.
Mark Hennessy, 52, CWC
I am a terrible surfer, who drags his wife and little boy on annual pilgrimages to exotic locations where we can all eat nice food, laugh and play with awesome people.
Travelling to Lombok we found the locals drinking water out of really dodgy wells in a big city called Praya. We were able to show them what water should taste (and look) like.
Sam Creenaune, 31, CWC
We didn’t get the waves that we had hoped for when travelling to remote islands of Sumatra. The W4W filters provided us with a purpose that was more meaningful than waves.
Using those with local knowledge we were able to identify the most appropriate areas. Taking 11 filters we distributed these to 5 villages, focusing on Mosques and schools. Mosques as most locals are Muslim and come to pray 5x each day and schools for the obvious reasons. Whilst it may seem a lot of work, with the help of a translator it was easy and we were able to reach out to those in need.
Surfer, climber, financial analyst - I’m just doing my duty.
Dennis Gern, 23, CWC
Most would say I am a traveller, an adventurer, someone on the search - and sometimes your typical German ;)
Becoming a W4W courier has been on my mind for awhile.
Travelling Krui in South Sumatra, myself and a long time resident introduced the filters to the big political ruler Agus. With the support of the local council we attached the filters to big water tanks so people can now get access to clean water direct from the source, without boiling it.
This day I saw many smiling faces, some sceptical, but everyone was interested and welcoming. It's been one of my favorite experiences, no doubt!
Saving plenty of time and money, but also reducing the risk of water-related infections and illnesses.
Rodney Richards, 51 , CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:Married with 3 daughters and 3 grand-children. Working in the area of relief & development projects.
Where did you travelMyanmar
Describe your CWC experience:As a part of our Buzz Off (www.buzzoff.org) malaria seminars which have been operating in Myanmar for over 9 years, I got to share about various water filtration technologies and used the Sawyer water filter as an example of what continues to be developed in the area of clean water. Alongside this, I was able to gift the 2 water filters that I was carrying with me to Burmese people. The first living in the largest Burmese refugee camp in Thailand, and the 2nd living in a hill village in the Shan state. I look forward to the possibility of taking more filters with me on future malaria seminars.
mitch young ,26, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:easy going need to be outdoors
Where did you travelsumatra, indonesia
When did you travelmarch/april 2017
With anyone- girlfriend
Describe your CWC experience:using our surf guide we found people living around the town of Krui, Lampung Sumatra with disabilties that prevented them from working therefore they couldnt afford to buy clean drinking water. Seeing where these people (some being blind) sourced their water from was a shock to say the least. Their "well" often resembled a small stagnant puddle in the jungle. watching their face once they realised the water going through the filter was coming out instantly clean was insane! People just couldnt stop thanking you, when they weren't laughing with pure happiness! these experiences being some of the best of our lives
Ben Anderson , 46, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:Surfer, Environmental Educator, Permaculturalist, Dad.
Where did you travel -Cambodia
When did you travel -January 2017
With anyone - Daughter
Describe your CWC experience:Cambodia is full of fabulous & friendly people. It is also full of rubbish & disease - malaria, dengue and hepatitis being reasonably common. In the wet season, water is plentiful, as are mosquitos. In the dry season the locals are forced to drink from water they have collected in their "Rain Jars" and then from whatever else they can find - poluted rivers and muddy ponds. This has led to a high rate of child mortality, and that sucks! My daughter & I worked in a rural village 80km outside of Siem Reap. We had a translator and 10 filters. A group of local villagers gathered with their buckets and we showed then how to assemble the filters. To prove the point, I scoopd out some scary looking water from a local pond, filtered it and drank a cup. The crew assembled were convinced, so we helped them fit their filters and sent them merrily on their way. It was so easy and so rewarding - anyone can do this and it will change the lives of the people you are helping.
Katie Robb, 32, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:friendly, relaxed, creative
Where did you travelSri Lanka
Describe your CWC experience:The CWC experience was epic. I had the privilege of taking the filters to a local community on th west coast in a school setting as well as an epic adventure to a Pottuvil community on the east coast. Installing and being part of th experience was eye opening and really rewarding
Nathan Savill, 29, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:Love to travel being outdoors surfing, snowboarding enjoying Mother Nature!!
Where did you travel: Sumatra
Describe your CWC experience:So we set up some filters on a remote island in the Mentawiis. The island is near a surf break called Thunders, the locals on the island don't have much and farm coconuts for a living. They get there drinking water from a well which isn't clean at all, was awesome to see the locals stoke when we set up the filters. Cant wait to go back to the village next year and see how the filters are working out for them
Monique Ledger, 26, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:stoker passionate thorough enthusiastic keen
Where did you travel:Madura Indonesia
Describe your CWC experience:After initially not being sure how the suggestion of adding a water filter to their tank supply would be received (new territory for indo vocab), the result was pretty epic. The tiny rural Muslim village of approx 30 people were gathered around as we looked at all the pieces, looked at assembly, and discussed the advantages to their health. The mums in particular were super stoked they wouldn't have to spend so much of their boiling water to wash vegetables and boil out the nasties of their drinking water.
Jackson Grimshaw, 13, CWC
Describe yourself in 5 words or more:Frothing Grom that loves traveling.
Where did you travel: Ments
When did you travel:April 2017
Describe your CWC experience:Awesome waves. Great crew of people. Surprised by the living standards. Hard to believe the amount of effort in getting clean drinking water.
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