Saturday Academy is an advanced program for high school science students. The students work with scientists and engineers to study real world problems. Director Tom Carter helped train teacher Brand Schlesinger in methods of water testing and water purification, which Brand then used in his teaching program. Brand sent this summary of his program and these pictures. Agua member Brand Schlesinger instructed two classes this summer for Saturday Academy about
In many parts of the world families must cook over open fires. Often used in areas with poor ventilation, these smoky “three rock fires” cause asthma, eye problems and sometimes terrible burns. Women and children especially spend hours each day gathering firewood for these fires, and many areas of the world now face significant deforestation because of over harvesting of the forests. In recent years designs for simple stoves have
Past participants can now download copies of their workshop handouts from the Workshops section of our website! These materials will help participants set up their own water tests, and interpret the results correctly.
In June, Medical Teams International hosted a display presentation from Agua Pura in their Portland offices: One of our long-time volunteer veterans, Tom Carter, has recently established his own non-profit organization (Agua Pura Para El Pueblo) that is dedicated to improving health in developing countries by helping families and communities obtain safe, clean drinking water. Agua Pura promotes simple, small scale methods and techinques that people can use to make
Report from Tom Carter: In October 2009 I presented a two day workshop in Oaxaca on water testing and water pasteurization to approximately 40 people. Eight different NGO and volunteer organizations were represented, as well as numerous community members and activists. The program was partially funded by Medical Teams International and assisted by staff members of several Mexican organizations including Manos de Vida, Amextra and Friends of Pimpollo. On Friday,