Medwater News

27 Jan MedWater in Uganda with KWDT

Training with community leaders. We had 18 in the workshop this day to train on the use of the chlorinator system, all leaders from each  KWDT community. It was a rather large group to get much hands on experience, but what they did come away with was an introduction to the system, and a good taste of the water.  We had treated plenty of water in the two previous days and had gone through about a...

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23 Jan MedWater in Uganda

We arrived about an hour and a half late but were still greeted at the airport by our driver.  All luggage arrived with no problems.  Coming through customs we were asked for a receipt for the chlorinators, which we did not have.  We chatted a bit and were allowed to bring them in.  The agent's last words to us were, "thank you for what you are doing.  It takes a big heart". Had a great meeting...

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18 Jan Taking the MedWater model to Uganda

Lynn Smith and Deborah This week, MedWater will expand it’s work to Africa, with the development of a collaboration with Katosi Women Development Trust in Uganda. This collaboration will help strengthen the capacity of KWDT women to create access to safe drinking water for local families and schools. KWDT is a unique organization. Founded in the mid 1990’s, a small group of women living in the rural fishing village of Katosi, came together to explore the potential of...

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MedWater teaches hygiene

16 Jul Teaching basic hygiene

When you were little who taught you to wash your hands? Most likely it was your mom. Mothers all over the world are the leaders and guides for teaching and giving guidance on the most important things in life. In San Pedro, Ecuador we spent a week with the mothers of the community going from house to house installing Tippy Taps, which are handless washing stations that can be built with sticks, rope and a clean...

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14 Jul The Tippy Tap

Tippy Taps ( are hand free washing stations that are especially appropriate for rural areas or even your own backyard near the garden. While MedWater was in San Pedro, Ecuador in February. Fernando, a community water council member spent all week with us working on the safe water station and learning new hygiene techniques to improve the health of his family. Fernando is a soft spoken man with strong features and a strong desire to create...

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MedWater Model

13 Jul Juan

MedWater met Juan in June 2013 on our initial trip to Ecuador. Juan is a leader for his community of Los Rios. MedWater worked with Los Rios and Juan to complete the safe water distribution system and implement the MedWater WASH model into their lives. Juan is a remarkable character, his beautiful green eyes shine with the desire to see his community be better. We were so impressed by his leadership and desire that we asked...

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Hygiene MedWater

13 Jul Need a clean cup?

What is this was your kitchen sink? This photo was taken in the community of Jatun Ukru, Ecuador and made a profound effect upon the work MedWater focuses on. It affirmed the importance of basic hygiene being taught  first in communities when developing the MedWater model. This young girl was being nothing but kind toward her guests. She wanted to share a traditional drink and while we waited I witnessed her washing our cups out in the stream...

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MedWater Galeras

06 Jul Galeras

Galeras, Ecuador, population 300 or so, is one of the most rural communities gotten to know . Being isolated in the Amazon Jungle seems to contribute to a range of factors including low incomes, reduced levels of education and reduced awareness about concepts such as germ transmission. Miguel, the community health promoter is the driving force behind sustained WASH activity in the community. MedWater has met with Miguel many times over the last 2 years and...

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16 May Local Hospitality

When MedWater finds partners, the giving goes both ways. Not only do your contributions make MedWater’s work possible, the local people are generous to their MedWater guests with meals and hospitality.  Appropriate development is not just a two-way street; it is a two-way treat! Don’t miss out on your chance to join in this grand exercise of reciprocity!...

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