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 Fathers, Bury my heart at wounded knee, Windtalkers, 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vineyard Golf Club
925 San Pasqual Road
San Diego, CA 92025
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
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.
- 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, Volcom, Tavarua 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!
Village Follow ups
~ 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.
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.
~By Darrel Larson, Give Clean Water Founder, September 15, 2013
I’m sitting at my gate at LAX, waiting to board my flight to Fiji. This Tuesday, I’ll travel to the capital of Fiji to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Give Clean Water and the Fiji Ministry of Health. This is a very historic moment for Give Clean Water.
Give Clean Water has become Fiji’s “Best Practice” for treating Fiji’s rural water problems according to Madam Deputy Secretary of Public Health, Una Bera. The MOU gives the full backing of the Ministry of Health for the installation, data collection, and monthly follow ups for each family who receives a Give Clean Water filter. This is an amazing development in the sustainability of Give Clean Water’s work in Fiji.
Each village in Fiji has a local health worker living in it who does a monthly report on the health of each village family. With the Give Clean Water MOU, the health workers will now incorporate water filter follow ups with each family as part of their monthly reporting. They will document changes in health, while providing continuing education of the operation of the water filter, making sure the families are using and cleaning their filters every day.
For the past 2 years, Give Clean Water has piloted this program in the Western Division of Fiji where there were many Typhoid outbreaks. Filter usage dramatically increased when the local health workers were involved in the follow up process. So much so, that the Fiji Ministry of health wanted to formalize our partnership with a MOU! To date, there have been NO reoccurrences of water borne sickness in any of the villages that received a Give Clean Water filter system!
You might wonder how you can get in on all the awesomeness? If you’ve been following the Give Clean Water story over the years, you’ve seen first hand the thousands of lives that are changed each year. We are raising up an army of people who want to change a country with us! Become a monthly donor and let’s do this!
$25 per month for 1 year provides a family with a sustainable clean drinking water solution for the next 10+ years! It’s easy to do…just click here to visit the Give Clean Water website. In a couple of minutes, you’ll be a part of changing a family’s life forever with the gift of clean drinking water! When you become a donor, you will receive a photo and brief bio of your family, along with the GPS coordinate of their house so you can view it in Google Earth! Pretty cool!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s change the world together starting with the country of Fiji!
Give Clean Water once again partnered with the Volcom Fiji Pro, Tavarua Island Resorts and Islands Restaurants to bring 140 filters and 3 schools fresh clean drinking water! The Volcom Fiji Pro will be broadcast on NBC on July 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm. Check out the contest and the interview with Darrel Larson and Jessica Finley from SurfCredits.
Give Clean Water has once again partnered with the Volcom Fiji Pro to provide water filters to the villages of Cuvu and Yako along with the schools in Cuvu. These filters are being provided by Volcom, Tavarua Island Resorts and Islands Restaurants.
Watch the Volcom Fiji Pro broadcast to see pictures, videos, interviews etc. about the charitable work going on during the contest.
Also check out SurfCredits who has chosen Give Clean Water as it’s non-profit partner for Fiji.