TAG: Sanitation

Call For Global Citizens To Rock Out World Hunger

Call For Global Citizens To Rock Out Hunger

Live music, a crowd and good vibes are essential at a music festival. Taking music events a step beyond is Hugh Evans and the vision of the Global Citizen Festival. The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music project featuring live performances. More than a celebration of music, though, it has the heftier goal of working with the Global Poverty Project to end extreme poverty by 2030. The motivator behind the movement, Hugh Evans, reminded that in 2010 statistics concluded that 1.2 billion live in extreme poverty, and the Global Citizen Festival recognizes the need for businesses and government to… read more

Socially Responsible Architecture

Socially Responsible Architecture

The role of architecture is often focused on for design and construction, important vehicles for enlarging and elevating our worlds. However, what place architecture has in humanitarian efforts can go either largely unnoticed – or largely absent. BUILDaCHANGE is one nonprofit organization that is attempting to merge the disciplines of architecture and philanthropy with their real life designs. FAREstudio architects started BUILDaCHANGE in 2012 with the clear goal of utilizing the design and building processes for a greater good. With the assistance of local workers when applicable, they create sustainable and functional facilities. FAREstudio has developed projects like women’s health… read more

Alarming Facts About Water

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Whether it’s the hour-long showers folks in the U.S. take, or the bath-in-the-swamp many people are forced to endure in underdeveloped nations, water is an important commodity, never to be taken for granted. Here are some interesting facts and information about water and how it affects people around the globe. The Good Water is the main constituent in the human body, and forms 50-60% of body weight and approximately 75% of body volume. Water contains zero fat, proteins, carbs, or calories. The average person uses 465 litres of water per day. However, with education and practice, those numbers can be severely… read more

PhoneSoap – See Why You Absolutely Need It!

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Mobile phones have taken over from the handkerchief as the most likely household item to carry germs and bacteria. Even the toilet seat is ranked as a cleaner household item. A survey in the US found that more than 60 percent of iPad owners use their iPads to read news while in the restroom. The same device is then carried into the living room, the office, or the gym with the bacteria coming all the way. Phonesoap, a device which was funded by Kickstarter in 2012, is the solution to this unsavoury problem. The project was inspired by research which said that apart from viruses… read more

The Wellness Of Water

Water Table Pollutants

The water on Earth is contained within a constant cycle. Water has been here since ancient times and will hopefully remain well into the future. Unfortunately, any contaminants in the water remain within the systemic cycles unless they are filtered out. From the waste created by bottled water to chemicals and medicines going down drains, water pollution doesn’t just affect the water. It disrupts the entire water table which can cause environmental damage and developmental issues. The water table is configured of rainwater that sifts underground providing water supplies to springs, lakes and waterways. Merriam-Webster’s visual dictionary has a diagram that… read more

A Discovery in Kenya Could Change the Country

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In an investigation conducted by UNESCO in collaboration with the Kenyan government, scientists have found a water reserve in the arid expanses of north west Kenya. The aquifer, which consists of an underground layer of water-harboring minerals, was discovered 300 meters beneath the earth’s surface. The pool has since been named the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer. If managed properly, Lotikipi could nourish the country for the better part of 70 years. This is no little feat in a country that has limited water supply, with half the population unable to access any sanitary water at all. This discovery may transform the… read more

The $6 Million Dollar Toilet

Reinvent the Toilet

Sanitation is still a major problem in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. The World Health Organization and UNICEF have released a report stating that about 2.3 billion people, which is approximately 40% of the world’s population, lack access to safe sanitation. UNICEF estimates that 1.5 million children die every year because of poor sanitation which causes diarrohea and other deadly diseases. A contest titled “Reinvent the Toilet” funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted more than $6 million dollar to design self-sufficient toilets that could be used in developing countries. Many leading universities designed models… read more

Reinventing the Toilet

Toilets Of Tomorrow

Bill and Melinda Gates want to harness the power of our excrement. About 2.5 billion people use unsafe toilets or defecate in the open. Poor sanitation causes severe diarrhea, which kills 1.5 million children each year. Smart investments in sanitation can reduce disease, increase family incomes, keep girls in school, help preserve the environment, and enhance human dignity. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a fair in which universities and other research facilities competed to reinvent the toilet. The California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates… read more