MSR Impact Project Helps Bring Clean Water to Half Million People

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MSR Impact Project Helps Bring Clean Water to Half Million People

Clean drinking water is a major issue and MSR is using it’s almost 50 years of water cleaning experience to help the world in a major way.  MSR Global Health was created in 2015.  In 2018, MSR launched a new project.  Read more below and support this great cause.

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MSR launched the Impact Project in 2018 to help bring clean water to over 500,000 people. They aim to tackle the issue of 2 billion humans without clean drinking water.

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MSR Nonprofit Fund Launches in 2018, Accelerating Access to Safe Water

While MSR has helped over half a million people gain access to safe drinking water, we recognize that 2 billion people worldwide still drink from a contaminated water source. Technologies, like MSR’s Community Chlorine Maker, can help change that, but they, and we, can’t do it alone.

That’s why we launched the MSR Impact Project in 2018. The new nonprofit fund allows you, our community, to participate in MSR’s global health efforts and create a lasting impact through our on-the-ground projects worldwide. You can get involved in three ways:

  1. Make a donation to support safe water projects around the globe.
  2. Host your own fundraiser for safe water and hygiene projects.
  3. Travel with MSR’s Adventures for Impact trips, which combine a spectacular remote adventure with the opportunity to participate in safe water projects in local communities.

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New Projects and Partners in Nepal

Annually, an estimated 10,000 Nepalese children under the age of five die as a result of water- and sanitation-related illnesses. In May 2018, Nepal’s Ministry of Health issued a public statement warning of a waterborne illness epidemic in the lowlands of the Terai region. On the heels of this announcement, MSR’s partners at Clean Drink Adventures launched new safe water projects in this 100-square mile region with more than 1,200 people.

Other amazing projects:

Expanding Our Global Reach

Ensuring safe water for students in Nairobi

Beyond Nepal, we expanded our reach in dozens of countries worldwide. Thanks to the support of generous donors from the MSR community, the New Beginnings School Project in Nairobi, Kenya, was fully funded to rebuild the education center—the students’ main resource for safe drinking water. Heavy flooding had severely damaged the small school. But with its structure safe once again, the school can refocus on providing those vital resources.

Creating chlorine for the disinfection of medical instruments

In rural South America, chlorine can be difficult to find and a trip to acquire it can take between four to six hours. With help from Gloves Go Global, the MSR Community Chlorine Maker is changing that, allowing health clinics to create their own chlorine on the spot for disinfection of medical instruments and surfaces. Gloves Go Global’s mission is to empower rural health clinics in developing countries with the tools and education needed to reduce disease transmission. Without chlorine, rural clinics can spread disease during births, surgeries, and other procedures.

Safe Water in the Wake of Disasters

Aid relief in Guatemala

After Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego erupted on June 3rd, nearby villages were buried under pyroclastic flow and toxic gases filled the air. After the immediate danger had passed, survivors faced a new challenge: routes that were previously used to access food, fresh water and other necessities were destroyed. MSR’s partners at Operation Blessing International stepped in quickly to implement MSR Community Chlorine Makers with Samaritan’s Purse, empowering these communities to create their own safe drinking water.

Anti-Ebola efforts in the DRC

On the other side of the world, an Ebola outbreak was detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In our highly interconnected world, a single outbreak such as this can quickly become an international threat. MSR’s partners at PATH worked quickly to deploy the Community Chlorine Maker, providing global health organizations in the DRC with the ability to create chlorine on the spot for sanitation and disinfection. Chlorine is powerful enough to kill disease-causing microbes, preventing the spread of diseases such as Ebola. This outbreak was successfully contained.

Laying the Foundation for New Projects with Technology Development

Here in Seattle, our world-class research and development lab has been hard at work. The team continues to make strides on low-cost handwashing stations, a futuristic toilet, and an automatic chlorine doser for safe water at the tap. MSR’s R&D lab was also awarded funding by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund for the creation of a household water treatment system.

Read more about other projects here

Please support MSR on their mission!


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