We are so proud to announce our collaboration with The Pure Project Organization! The Pure Project is dedicated to improving the lives of Haitians by providing them with the means for sanitary water.
How can you be part of this collaboration?
Le’w Ayisyen will be creating a dedicated “Pure Project Collection” containing specialty designs of which 75% of net proceeds will be donated directly to The Pure Project for the purpose of providing biosand filters to households in Haiti. The specialty designs will be available on apparel for men, women and children. Together we can support a great cause and save lives.
We will change lives.
There are 10.6 million people in Haiti. 7.6 million lack access to improved sanitation. Water born diseases kill 1 out of 8 children before they turn 5 years old. Diseases such as cholera, dysentery, E. coli, malaria, typhoid and hundreds of intestinal parasite worms. Bio-sand filter purifies contaminated water and almost eliminates the risk of many water born diseases.
What is a Biosand Filter?
A biosand filter (BSF) is a point-of-use water treatment system adapted from traditional slow sand filters. Biosand filters remove pathogens and suspended solids from water using biological and physical processes that take place in a sand column covered with a biofilm. BSFs have been shown to remove heavy metals, turbidity, bacteria, viruses and protozoa. BSFs also reduce discoloration, odor and unpleasant taste. Studies have shown a correlation between use of BSFs and a decrease in occurrence of diarrhea.
How water is filtered
The concrete Biosand filter is an innovative version of the slow sand filter specifically designed for household use. These filters are built locally using available materials and labor. As with the other types of water projects we support, we are meeting the clean drinking water needs of the region and providing needed jobs. Each community is a full participant in the project.
The Biosand filter is comprised of a container - plastic or concrete - and is about the size of an office water cooler. It has an inset plastic pipe and is filled with layers of sand and gravel. Dirty water is poured into the top of the biosand filter, where a diffuser plate evenly distributes the water over the sand bed layer. The water travels down through the sand bed, passes through multiple layers of gravel, and collects in the plastic pipe at the bottom of the filter. The clean water then exits through the plastic piping for a family to collect in clean containers.