Water Solutions

 

A Cinderella Story of an Outdoor Portable Water Filter

Once upon a time, in the tropical land of Brazil far, far away, I, Ricardo Braun, a biologist and a filmmaker had an inspiration to build a portable water purification system for outdoor expeditions. In fact, the inspiration came after a relative challenged me to build a portable water purification system for remote areas in […]

Co-Diseño que resulta en agua purificada para una comunidad colombiana

¿Qué tiene que ver un elefante blanco con la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia? A pesar que no hay elefantes en Colombia, la comunidad de Conejo tuvo que vivir durante ocho años con una enorme instalación de cuatro tanques de agua que servirían para acumular agua filtrada, pero que sólo funcionó durante sólo cuatro días. […]

Special WASH Award Offers Cash and Combined Expertise

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are still crucial areas with the need for consolidated support, considering worldwide around 844 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water and over 2.3 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. It is a fundamental precondition for many areas of life as it cuts across multiple […]

Low-tech Solutions Fight Hunger

Hamid Oubir lives with his family in a small village in northern Morocco. To sell his produce in the market, he has to make his way to the nearest town early in the morning several times a week. If Hamid Oubir wants to avoid the fruits and vegetables from getting spoilt he needs to make […]

Soluciones de baja tecnología para luchar contra el hambre

Hamid Oubir vive con su familia en una pequeña localidad del norte de Marruecos. Para vender sus productos en el mercado, necesita ir a la ciudad más cercana a primera hora de la mañana varias veces a la semana. Si Hamid Oubir quiere evitar que las frutas y verduras se echen a perder, tiene que […]

White Elephant

El elefante blanco

Según el Diccionario Oxford, un elefante blanco es “una posesión inútil o problemática, especialmente una que es costosa de mantener o de la que es difícil deshacerse”. No había oído esta expresión hasta mi visita a la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia. Todo comenzó cuando la fundación Siemens Stiftung y el MIT D-Lab decidieron probar […]

White Elephant

The White Elephant

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a white elephant is “a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.” I hadn’t heard about this idiom until my visit to Conejo in Colombia. It all started when the Siemens Stiftung and MIT D-Lab decided to test their […]

World Water Week 2017 – Reduce and Reuse

About 70% of the earth is covered in water but still 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water sources. This leads to profound problems for agriculture, health and hygiene. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. To face these challenges, we have to increase awareness of this […]

empowering people Expert primes the pump

Brian Finnerty, empowering people. Expert, spent four months with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines, where he volunteered his skills to develop an IT-based administration system.

Drought in East Africa – and how Siemens Stiftung can help

Rain hasn’t fallen for months in East Africa, causing a dire living situation for locals. To offset some of the potentially catastrophic effects, Siemens Stiftung works with communities on the establishment of safe water kiosks in Kenya and Uganda. Caroline Weimann, project manager at the foundation, has just been onsite and reports how this technical […]