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Water filters for Ukraine

Water filters for Ukraine

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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.

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International, Fundraiser, Disaster Response, Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Rotary Club Potsdam
Clublokal "Il Teatro"
Schiffbauergasse 12
Potsdam, Germany, 14467
Germany

19 April 2022

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Project Funding

Potsdam, Germany (Rotary Club)
10000
USD
Potsdam, Germany (Rotary Club)
6000
USD
Potsdam-Alter Markt, Germany (Rotary Club)
5000
USD
Sarasota, FL, USA (Rotary Club)
2756
USD
Nikolaikirche Potsdam (Other)
2400
USD
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, MD, USA (Rotary Club)
2291
USD
Colmar-Bartholdi, Ht.-Rhin, France (Rotary Club)
2000
USD
E-Club of World Peace, D5330, CA, USA (Rotary Club)
1816
USD
E-Club of World Peace, D5330, CA, USA (Rotary Club)
1815
USD
Werder (Havel), Germany (Rotary Club)
1300
USD
Colmar-Rhin, Ht.-Rhin, France (Rotary Club)
1000
USD
Potsdam Belvedere, Germany (Rotary Club)
1000
USD
Namur-Citadelle, Belgium (Rotary Club)
1000
USD
Kleinmachnow, Germany (Rotary Club)
750
USD
Parchim, Germany (Rotary Club)
600
USD
FIRST Robotics School, Westford, MA, USA (Other)
585
USD
Westford, MA, USA (Rotary Club)
585
USD
private donation, Japan (Other)
551
USD
private donation, Sweden (Other)
500
USD
Fränkische Schweiz-Wiesenttal, Germany (Rotary Club)
500
USD
Mannheim Rhein-Neckar, Germany (Rotary Club)
500
USD
Cancún Zona Hotelera, Q. Roo, Mexico (Rotary Club)
445
USD
Kyiv Multinational, Ukraine (Rotary Club)
300
USD
private donation, Germany (Other)
280
USD
private donation, Ukraine (Other)
100
USD

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Community needs, project impact, and sustainability

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.

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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.

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.

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PROJECT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Aquabox Newsletter March 2023
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Aquabox family filters brought to families across Ukraine
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Water filters for a rehabilitation center in Dnipro and a stabilisation center near Bakhmut
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Water filters for Ukraine
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Aquabox
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Aquabox in Ukraine field hospital, delivered by Rtn friend Borys Bodnar
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Water filters in the area of Rotary Club Kropyvnytskyi
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    Sabine Yang-Schmidt
    Community filter

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