Begun as a response to the challenge issued to design students by Tasmeem 2007, this blog is an attempt to bring attention to a critical issue facing the world.

What is water?

Wet. Blue. Fresh. Splashes. Fluid. Invigorating. Refreshing. Cold. Pretty. Clear. Clean.

Or is it more than that?
What is water?
What role does it play in our lives?

What if water was Peace?
A basic human right?
What is water?

Water is life.

We are in Crisis.

Great progress has been made over the past 15 years to provide people with water throughout the world. An improved water supply has been provided for 1.2 billion people since 1990. But often an improved supply means little more than a well dug in a village. An additional one billion people, most in rural areas or urban slums, are denied even this basic human right. For them, many of whom are children, rivers, lakes and surface wells are their primary source of water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

When water is available it is often unsanitary. It is estimated that water-related illnesses such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and intestinal worms kill nearly 1.6 million children under the age of five each year, at the rate of 6,000 a day. Even when illness is not fatal diarrhea robs growing children of proper nutrition and can threaten their growth and development.

More Must be done.

The ultimate goal of governments everywhere should be to insure that every person has access to a sanitary, piped water supply. Until that happens there are cheap and effective means of collecting and filtering water that will make an immediate impact on the lives of billions. It just needs to be done.

Who are we?

This blog is written by Hayley and Holly, interior design students in the United States. We have different styles, and have had different life experiences, but we share a passion for design and a desire to use our skills to improve the lives of those in need. For us this blog is an opportunity to explore ways to make a difference.


8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Katrhryn Conley  |  March 8, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and I find it really compelling. I wanted to let you know about a new nonprofit called http://www.ChangingThePresent.org. I am part of the team helping to create this new donation website. I think that you might be interested in our section dedicated to Water. Nonprofits, such as WaterAid and Water Partners International, have created “donation gifts” for donors to purchase in lieu of giving traditional gifts – an example of a great gift http://changingthepresent.org/gifts/show/232. Please take a look!

    Hope you like it,

    Kathryn Conley

  • 2. Marla  |  July 17, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Hello, I just found your blog and am very excited that you are writing about this issue and trying to make a difference.

    We’ve just started our own blog this year. We’re still learning and getting used to blogging. Here’s the link if you are interested.

  • 3. sekitto  |  January 17, 2008 at 6:38 am

    How are you ?
    am from Uganda/east Africa now here we have got war in kenya here and i hope you can help us to give us water so that they can be living .please we are waiting to see your reply

  • 4. RUTH BRAYIE GYEBI  |  February 8, 2008 at 12:03 pm


    Maakro community in the Ashanti region of the republic of Ghana
    are writing you this letter to appeal to your organization to assist
    them to make pipe borne water for them.

    For the past two years ago it is difficult for the said community to
    get good drinking water to drink.Hope to hear from you as the
    earliest possible time.
    Yours trully
    Ruth Brayie Gyebi[community leader]

  • 5. Gyebi Henry  |  February 29, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Well, I get really touched and moved when I see/ hear individuals trying to get or contribute towards the provision of the basic necessities to his/ her community instead of the constituted organisations who are supposed to be providing these ammenities to the variuos areas.
    Am from LARTEH AKWAPIM in the Eastern Region and it seems we will have to help ourselves but the unfortunate thing is that Larteh we were told does not fall within the category that WaterAid can help so Kathryn Conley as you said then please contact them and let’s see if we could be helped.

  • 6. Lauren  |  March 5, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Hi, Our school is looking to supply a water filter to somewhere where it is truly needed. If you have any suggestions or ideas for this project please post them. Thank you it would be a great help.


  • 7. Lauren  |  March 6, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Hi, it’s me again, I’m not going to leave you alone until I can get some kind of repsonse. I visit this site daily, hoping for some type of response. Once, agian our school needs ideas and we are running out of time for this project. The help would be deeply apperciated.

    Thank you for all your cooperation so far,


  • 8. Tari Okoloise  |  November 2, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Dear Sir,
    We write to introduce our organization and also to partner with your organization.
    Hand of Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization founded on the idea of providing Education, health and social welfare to the poorest people in the world. We are located in the country of Nigeria.
    EDUCATION: Hand of Hope is to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. Hand of Hope will provide the laptop to encourage interaction and exploration for school age children in diverse communities. The laptop serves as both a window on the world, and a highly programmable tool for exploring it!
    The short term goal is lifting individuals and their families out of poverty. A single IT-trained individual can earn a wage that is several times the local average. They can feed more than just themselves with that wage: They can feed their parents, their brothers, their sisters- sometimes their entire extended family will benefit. The problem, of course, is the cost. Africa has the lowest rate of PC ownership per capita in the world; computers are rare and expensive things. Most schools simply can’t afford them, meaning only the wealthiest African students will have access to IT
    HEALTH: More than 10 million of the world’s children dies each year before reaching the age of five. Sadly two of every three of these children die from easily preventable, treatable diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, measles, and tetanus and typhoid
    Bringing malaria and typhoid treatment to children in the most remote parts of Africa – In many remote communities, parents can’t get to a health center to buy life-saving medication for their children. HAND OF HOPE is conducting a study to identify the number of children suffering from malaria and typhoid who do not have access to treatment. Study results will be used to design a new government strategy to reach these children and to attract outside funding to put the government’s plan into action. By involving three NGOs instead of one

    In addition, HIV/AIDS continues to be a leading contributor to the deaths of young children in Africa.
    There will be Wellness Center this will be open. This one-of-a-kind facility is where all HIV/AIDS positive people can achieve their highest level of individual health within a community setting of support. This is for all people who are HIV/AIDS positive.

    SOCAIL WELFARE: Hand Of Hope is responding to human sufferings in emergency and disastrous situations anywhere all over the world regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, cultural diversity and social background; with special focus in countries where the massive population living below the poverty line like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kenya, Sudan and many others . We have also partners range from small community support groups to national alliances and international networks seeking education for all, justice and action against poverty, class and gender discrimination and natural calamity. Our work with the co-partners underlines the issues that emerge after any natural upheaval or affect poor and voiceless people.
    In addition to our emergency relief efforts under natural or man made disasters areas, we also work on long term relief and development program like Livelihood, Economic Empowerment, Orphan and Widows Support Program and Skill Development Program etc.
    We have a unique vision and direction. We don’t impose solutions, but work with communities over many years to strengthen their own efforts to throw off poverty. We constantly seek new solutions and ask ourselves how we can make the greatest impact with our resources. We make the most of our skills and abilities by working at many levels – local, national, regional and international. We believe in a Hand of Hope, not a handout, to create a condition in which people actively participate in the development process.

    We wish you success in your future endeavors and thank you for your commitment to the children of Africa and their families.

    Your response would be appreciated.

    Yours faithfully,
    Mrs.Tari Okoloise
    Hand of Hope Foundation
    5/7 National supply Rd, Trans Amadi Ind.Layout
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


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