One Day to Give Clean Water

April 21st, 2015

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day 2015 and we kick off our One Day to Give Clean Water campaign.

We are asking you to pledge just One Day’s wage towards clean water for a family living with sickness. Work One Day, give One Day’s wage. It’s that simple. Your One Day’s wage will bring clean drinking water and improved health to a family in Fiji.

Millions of people will commit to one act of giving for a more sustainable planet on Earth Day. Whether you are cleaning up your neighborhood or committing to going “green” — it will take each of us to #DOSOMETHING. Our initiative will have a lasting effect on the lives of many Fijians who do not have access to clean water.

You have a chance to get personally involved in creating a healthy future for families living in areas where waterborne sickness impacts their lives. Approximately 50% of the population of Fiji is not drinking treated water. Statistics report that access to clean water, power and light are basic essentials to pull families out of the grasps of poverty. So how can you get involved? Donate today!

Your ONE DAY will transform their EVERY DAY!

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Travel to Fiji in 2015!

January 16th, 2015

If you have ever wanted to travel to Fiji and do something good, this year is your chance.

Give Clean Water will be heading to Fiji this year on August 1-9.

All accommodations in Fiji are taken care of. You will be staying at the Raffles Gateway Hotel in Nadi and taking group transportation each day. Breakfast will be at the hotel and consists of a traditional American breakfast and pastry bar. Lunch will be in the village and varies depending on the location. Dinners will be primarily at the hotel with a few local restaurants mixed in.

The trip will leave from Los Angeles on Saturday evening, cross the International Date Line, and arrive in Fiji on Monday morning. Your first day includes preparing the clean water systems, receiving training on how to install and teach families to use the system, learning about the Fijian culture and doing some shopping.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday you will be traveling to villages and installing the clean water systems. Depending on the village we are working in the travel time can be anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.

In each village you will meet the local leadership, get an overview of the village, and be dispersed to homes. At each home you will prepare the system, train the family to use it, and provide education and information about clean water and proper sanitation.

Saturday you will travel by high-speed catamaran to Plantation Island Resort and spend the day relaxing and enjoying the resort facilities. That evening you will enjoy dinner at the harbor back on the main island, do some shopping and experience a traditional fire dance.

Sunday there will be time for last minute shopping before leaving Fiji in the evening, cross the International Date Line, and arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

The 2015 trip cost is $2,900. If you are interested in traveling to Fiji with Give Clean Water, begin the process by filling out the application. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Charity Poker Tournament

November 13th, 2014

This year’s charity poker night benefiting Give Clean Water will be on December 12, 2014 at 6pm at Hera Hub in Sorrento Valley. Block out your calendar ASAP!

$20 buy in, bring what you want to drink and any snacks you want to share. We’ll have some great silent auction items and can promise a great time!

Please bring lots of friends! Poker experience not necessary. You are welcome to join us to play or just to mingle. Just fill out the form below and register to play.

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New Give Clean Water Merchandise

October 22nd, 2014

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Give Clean Water welcomes Actor Adam Beach and Rocker/Producer Stevie Salas to the team!

May 16th, 2014









Give Clean Water welcomes actor Adam Beach, and rocker/producer Stevie Salas to the GCW team! They will be traveling to Fiji to participate in, and document the life-changing impact of Give Clean Water. Adam and Stevie are both Native American and have a passion to give back their heritage, and dream of a day when they can bring clean drinking water to their communities.


Adam is famous for his roles in the Clint Eastwood directed and Academy Award nominated movie Flags of our FathersBury my heart at wounded kneeWindtalkers, Law and Order, and many more. His new movie with James Caan, A Fighting Man, is set to come out this year.


Stevie Salas is an American guitarist, television, film and record producer and composer. He got his big music break in the 80′s as Rod Stewart’s guitar player, and has sold millions of albums as a solo artist. He’s played with Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Sass Jordan, and countless others. He also played the amazing guitar solo in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He’s been a music advisor for American Idol, and a part of the team for the Native American music exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum.


Welcome Adam and Stevie!

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Give Clean Water Golf/Dinner Celebration

April 21st, 2014

Mark your calendars to be a part of our Golf/Dinner Celebration at the Vineyard Golf Club in Escondido on Thursday, May 1st. The golf event will be a scramble format, full of lots of fun and prizes. The golf scramble begins at 1pm.

The “Golf and Dinner” package is only $75 per person. Put a 4-some together, or play as an individual and we’ll team you up with a group.

If you don’t golf…no worries…come join us for the dinner celebration and GCW presentation at 6pm! You will get a VIP look at what GCW has accomplished, and where we are headed in our exciting future! The “Dinner Only” package is $35 per person!

Advance registration only. To sign up for the event or for more information, contact Andy Lovsted at:


 The Vineyard Golf Club

925 San Pasqual Road

San Diego, CA 92025




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San Diego Harley-Davidson – Cruise into Easter

April 13th, 2014










San Diego Harley-Davidson is partnering with Give Clean Water and San Diego Girl Scouts to bring you their annual “Cruise into Easter” event on Saturday, April 19th, 11am to 2pm! This is a FREE family friendly event that will include 2 Easter Egg hunts at 11:30am and 1:30pm, free food, a live band, jumpies for the kids, and a silent auction with tons of great items. The Girl Scouts will be giving water filter demonstrations, the same ones used by Give Clean Water in Fiji. Donations and proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit Give Clean Water! This event will be located at the San Diego Harley Davidson store in Kearny Mesa. 5600 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

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GCW – Volcom Fiji Pro Sustainability Report

January 20th, 2014

Give Clean Water’s commitment to provide a sustainable clean drinking water solution to every person who needs it, has always been the driving force behind our mission. GCW’s historic 2013 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fiji Ministry of Health, ensures a partnership that is delivering sustainable results.

Volcom’s commitment to sustainability around the world is a driving force in their mission. Their “New Future” initiative remains an industry leader, impacting all aspects of their business to make the world Cleaner, more Conscious, more Renewable, more Efficient, more Regenerative, more Sustainable and Less Impactful.

The Give Clean Water/Volcom partnership is a perfect blend of like minds on a mission to change the world. Here are some updates from the 2012 and 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro:

  • In 2012, the villages of Momi, Nabila, Yako, and Cuvu, all suffered from frequent cases of diarrhea and other water borne diseases due to a contaminated water supply.
  • In 2012 and 2013, VolcomTavarua Island, and Island’s Restaurants gave water filters to each of these villages representing 272 families…nearly 1500 people.
  • Give Clean Water and the Ministry of Health followed up with every family on a monthly basis, re-educating them on the importance of using and cleaning their filters every day, and documenting changes in health.
  • To date, in 100% of these villages, there is clean bacteria free drinking water in every home.
  • There have been no outbreaks of water borne sickness in any of these villages!

So where is the proof? Well… just like every village in which Give Clean Water installs filters, the proof is in the data, so we’re showing you the latest round of follow ups as conducted by the Fiji Ministry of Health staff. You can see first hand, filter use, changes in health, and any minor issues that were corrected on the spot by the local village Health Workers. THAT…is sustainability at its best!

Thank you Volcom, Tavarua Island, and Island’s Restaurants, for your commitment to sustainability, and your commitment to the great people of Fiji! Together we ARE making a difference, and are well on our way to changing an entire country!

GCW MOU Signing with Fiji Ministry of Health










Village Follow ups 

Cuvu Village

Momi Village

Nabila Village

Yako Village

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Right to Water: The Missing Article

October 16th, 2013

~ By Natalie Grazian, Give Clean Water Summer Intern 2013

No matter how taxing my day is, the risk of contracting typhoid or E.coli from my water source will never make my list of concerns. It takes a moment to reorient myself, to enter a frame of mind where I can even imagine, what if it did? My priorities would have to be uprooted, flipped upside down and forcefully shaken.

Would I be free to enjoy and experience life, as I rightfully should? This Blog Action Day, Give Clean Water is joining the discussion for the year’s multidimensional, thought-provoking topic: human rights.

So what exactly are we entitled to, as fellow homo sapiens? Any moral compass pointing relatively north will tell us that the ideals of justice, freedom and equality are good while such things as slavery, starvation and discrimination are bad. But in case there are any uncertainties, we have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a wonderful and enlightened 1948 document that details the inalienable rights that inherently belong to every human with a heartbeat.

A brief history: At the end of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly got to work on a document meant to prevent such tragedy in the future by specifying which rights are due to all human beings. The culturally, religiously, and politically diverse drafting committee, chaired by our very own Eleanor Roosevelt, came to a few conclusions; these were organized into thirty articles that cover just about every beautiful liberty we ought to have.

Article 1 dives right in to the important issues of freedom and equality. By Article 25, each person’s right to adequate food and shelter is established. And by Article 30 we are bestowed a good education, privacy, and the right to generally enjoy life.

But in the spirit of GCW, I think something might have been left out—something synonymous with life, something so essential that it goes unspoken—let’s think about water.

After all: You can’t bake a cake without flour, you can’t play tennis without a racquet . . . you can’t be granted freedom against discrimination without life, and you can’t live without water. Water is the prerequisite; the vital, magical little H20 molecule lays a foundation for which all other human rights can be built upon.

GCW is steadfastly committed to every person’s Right to Water (let’s call it Article 31). It is our passionate ambition to install water filters around the world, because the truth is that a contaminated water supply destroys so much, and hurts so many. In the Fijian islands, where we’ve concentrated our efforts for the past five years, the tap water is all too often contaminated with typhoid, E.coli and other microorganisms; typhoid outbreaks plague the villages, and government sanctioned quarantines are a necessary common practice. The result makes the rest of the villagers’ basic human rights difficult to realize.

On this Blog Action Day, let’s raise a glass (of water) to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as is written in its preamble, to “the inherent dignity of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family”. At Give Clean Water, we believe that it all must start with a groundwork—the establishment of safe, clean, abundant water—and only good things will spring from there. The GCW family of workers, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and local community members has worked to lay that groundwork for over 50,000 people so far. And with about 40,000 of them in Fiji, the thought that we might provide clean water for the entire country isn’t so crazy.

No one should be preoccupied with becoming ill from drinking water. One filter at a time, we’re holding true to the Declaration and serving human rights where human rights are due . . . that’s how we’ll change the world.

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Fiji Ministry of Health signs MOU with Give Clean Water citing GCW as the “Best Practice” for Treating Fiji’s rural water problem.

September 18th, 2013

~ Darrel Larson, Founder of Give Clean Water, September 18, 2013

It’s been a few weeks of great expectation for this day to happen. I arrived at the Fiji Ministry of Health this morning and was greeted by the Deputy Secretary of Public Health. What an amazing leader she is!

After a few minutes of prepping, we went into the Ministry of Health conference room and was met by the law representative and the media specialist. It was all sort of surreal as we sat around the large conference table. As the Memorandum of Understanding was unveiled, I got quite excited to see the document. Within a few moments, the Fiji Minister of Health entered the room. He is a very nice man and a great leader for Fiji. He asked some questions about the water filter we use, and then we began to sign the Memorandum of Understanding document. We signed 3 copies and then had a cool photo session.

After the signing I presented the Minister, the Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and some of their staff with their own water filters thanks to a kind donation from Sawyer Products. (Sawyer rocks!)

Following the signing, I spent some time with the Deputy Secretary, discussing logistics on how we’d install filters and do follow ups if we were to receive a million dollars or more. I am super excited that the infrastructure is already in place for us to accommodate this kind of donation! The Fiji Health Ministry has a pretty robust infrastructure. Now all I need to do is find that donor! “To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”…Ephesians 3:20!

After our time in Suva, we drove 4 hours to the other side of the island to the town of Lautoka where we met with the Western Division Health Inspector and talked about all the Typhoid hotspots that exist right now. He mentioned how great it was that there has never been any more Typhoid outbreaks in any villages in which Give Clean Water has installed water filters! I am very moved by that fact and know we are making a great difference in Fiji!

Tomorrow, we’re off to visit two villages where our October team will be installing filters. I will meet the head man and health workers, and take some photos of the villages in preparation for the October projects. After that, I’ll be off to catch my flight home.

Epic day!

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