World Water Works
The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds is proud to be associated with WorldWaterWorks which provides much needed Water-Survival Boxes to disaster-stricken areas of the globe.
The Water-Survival Box was developed following the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean in which more than 200,000 people died and several million were displaced. It was the initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge in North East Somerset, and arose following six months of continuous work following the 2004 tsunami during which 3,200 water aid boxes were packed with items donated by the public. In 2006, following a detailed review of the initial survival boxes, six members of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge set up Worldwaterworks Limited in order to develop the Water-Survival Box further.
Its primary purpose is to provide a means of purifying water for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters. Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. In most natural disasters families’ homes have been destroyed and all of their possessions lost.
Each Water-Survival Box is a rigid, reinforced 54 litre plastic container that becomes a receptacle for water when emptied of survival items. It includes a filtration pack, including chlorine tablets, sufficient for a family of four for four months. The range of essential survival items contained in the box includes cooking pots, bowls, plates, mugs, utensils, health and hygiene items, basic tarpaulin shelter, simple tools, and cotton materials plus needles and thread to make basic clothes.
The Water-Survival Boxes are consigned to partner aid agencies such as Red Cross, Oxfam, Merlin, Humanity First UK and Pompiers sans Frontieres who take responsibility for distribution to those families most in need. Rotary Districts and Clubs in most receiving countries also assist in facilitating customs clearance and in providing transport and support to the aid agencies.
Over 12,700 water boxes and Water-Survival Boxes have been delivered to date.
For further information about this very successful Rotary initiative, visit the WorldWaterWorks website.