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Water filters for Ukraine
On April 19, the RC Potsdam (DE) received a call for help by the RC Kyiv Multinational (UA) that drinking water infrastructures in several regions across Ukraine have become targets of attacks and leave increasing numbers of people suffering from a lack of access to clean water. We contacted Aquabox (UK) for help and along with Rotary WASH-experts in Ukraine's District 2232, who provided professional needs analysis in Ukraine, we set up a project to bring water filters with a lifespan of +5yrs to families and communities in need. With 6.000 EUR donations we financed a 1st shipment of filters that helped over 15.000 people in Ukraine to filter polluted water by July 2022. WASH experts from Ukraine have urgently called for more water filters to be dispatched to numerous cities across Ukraine. We will continue this project. Our 2nd project phase raised international donations of 26.446,26 EUR for 450 filters by Nov 2022, and a 3rd phase is ongoing in Q1/2023.
International, Fundraiser, Disaster Response, Water, sanitation, and hygiene
Rotary Club PotsdamClublokal "Il Teatro"Schiffbauergasse 12Potsdam, Germany, 14467Germany
19 April 2022
Ukraine Unity Passport, Ukraine (Rotary Club)Potsdam, Germany (Rotary Club)
Sabine Yang-Schmidt, Ukraine Unity Passport | contactBorys Mykola Bodnar, Ukraine Unity Passport | contactMonika Geicke-Bruder, Potsdam | contact
Water filter project site visit in Ukraine - Travel blog, Nov 2022AquaboxProject summary July 2022Rotary report on live during war time in Ukraine
Community assessment: How the project team learned about the community’s needs
Friends from the Rotary Club Kyiv Multinational in Ukraine described the actual situation of people around them suffering from a lack of drinking water due to destroyed water infrastructures. The District 2232 built a team of WASH experts and professionally analysed the situation upon water sources in several regions, upon the water quality of technical and polluted river water and if it could be filtered to clean drinking water, they created emergency lists with UN aid organisations on the grounds, established safe transport routes of goods through Ukraine and created constantly updated lists to distribute humanitarian aid goods based on above criteria and emergency levels. We conducted video calls with people in affected areas that were identified through international experts, Rotarian friends, and connections to local authorities in respectively affected areas. We constantly update our information regarding community needs through our online and offline communication channels.
Project impact: How the project will help the community after the project ends
Our project provides easy-to-use water filters in transportable boxes - the "Aquabox" - that have a guaranteed lifespan of +5 years. Given this, people could benefit from a mid-term solution for drinking water, even if they should get internally displaced for security reasons. The family filter covers drinking water needs of 5-6 people per day, whereas the community filters can filter polluted water into drinking water for appr. 500-600 people a day. Therefore, a community filter is also used in e.g. hospitals, schools etc. Both filter types could be used for years and therefore not only help in an acute war situation, but also possibly after the war until public water infrastructure one day will be reinstalled.
20 Community filters helped up to 15.000 people
Sustainability: How the benefits of the project will continue afterward
Aquabox filters are easy to handle and do not require specific training to be operated. Both filters come with self-understanding instructions in Ukrainian language and, in case still needed, local trainers to assist with the instalment are happy to help in the Rotarian D2232 WASH networks. This project is not designed as a long-term project, as we not hope for a long-term war situation that requires emergency responses as we provide. However, our core idea of sustainability is to save lives of people - the most basic sustainable goal we could imagine.