Rahul Singh
Founder — GlobalMedic

In our world of technology, fast cars, and flat screens, nearly a billion folks do not have access to clean water. Parents lose time away from work and income caring for their sick children. Babies die for no reason. The vicious cycle repeats itself as the world’s poor struggle to develop without a basic staple of life.


GlobalMedic founder Rahul Singh installing a GlobalWater household water purification system in a village near Tonle Sap, Cambodia.

GlobalWater is a unique, recently launched social entrepreneurship designed to be an agent of change. Developed by GlobalMedic’s emergency response team, GlobalWater provides clean drinking water to victims of disaster and creates an opportunity whereby every day people can support families in need by giving them the gift of clean water.

The answer is simple: purification at the household level – be it a mud grasshut, an adobe brick dwelling or tarp covering a cardboard floor in a refugee camp.
GlobalWater combines four quality, Canadian-made ceramic candle-style filters, placing them between two 20-liter buckets, and adding a spigot and a lid, to create a basic filter.

The magic happens when families pour the water they collect into the top bucket and gravity pulls that dirty disease-ridden water through the filters. Clean drinking water is produced and stored in the bottom bucket. It’s that simple. No moving parts, and gravity is the fuel.

The impact is huge. Imagine a world without cholera, typhoid or other nasty water-borne killers. A world where kids didn’t die because of the water they drink. A world where a young mother stricken with AIDS has a fighting chance to stay healthy and beat the disease because her water source was pure.

The emergency responders whovolunteer for GlobalMedic also donate their time building and assembling these units. Volunteer labor, corporate breaks on pricing, and donated space help keep the costs low. Around fifty bucks gives a family clean water for about a year. In places like Haiti, that translates to an average cost of about seven dollars per person per year.

The reward for a volunteer is tangible: knowing you assembled a device that will keep kids alive. Typical donors are edgy, young and urban. They want to make a difference and know that their contributions, no matter how small, save lives. GlobalWater is expanding its scope as an agent of change. Large international NGOs are buying in and funding missions where water units are given to those in need. UNICEF has bought in, endorsing the units as safe and applicable.

In 2010, GlobalMedic dispatched 5,000 units around the world. Earthquake victims and schoolchildren living in Haiti’s perilous tent cities benefited. The rural poor of Pakistan fleeing massive floods benefited. Families that were being resettled into villages cleared of mines received units in war-torn Southern Sudan. Over 30 thousand people benefited. The idea was successful enough to fuel the launch of GlobalWater earlier this year.

The next step is to convince more donors and governments that even miniscule amounts of monies from them would help in mobilizing the good people of this world.

Together with GlobalMedic, they will get the world clean water to drink.

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