Potters for Peace (PfP) members Robert Pillers, Reynaldo Diaz and Kaira Wagoner showed off their ceramic weapons of mass bacterial destruction at the UNC Water and Health conference in Chapel Hill, NC last week (October 29-November 2). Joining over 100 experts on water, sanitation and health, PfP learned and shared with the best in the field. PfP contributed with a poster presentation, an oral presentation and a live filter demonstration… not to mention the countless lively discussions regarding filter production, quality control, and the way forward.
We are excited about where the filter is headed, and proud of our contribution thus far. With a small budget, PfP has helped establish around 40 factories in 28 countries in just 14 years! With your support, we can keep up the good, hard work. Thanks to all those who have helped us get this far. Ron PRESENTE!
Filters and rope-pumps sure do look good together! From left to right: Reynaldo Diaz, PfP, holding filter; Wanja Wambugu, Chujio Ceramics; Robert Pillers, PfP; Kaira Wagoner, PfP, holding mini filter; Henk Holtslag, 300in6, holding rope pump.
Potters for Peace consultant Peter Chartrand is currently working on a filter project in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The project is based at the Mokondini Women’s Pottery Cooperative, which is collaborating with both the University of Virginia and South African University of Venda. The pottery group just fired the reconstructed kiln which has a 70-filter capacity. The firing was a big success, with even temperatures throughout and filter flow rates averaging 1.9 l/h (1-2.5 l/h being the acceptable range.)
This October Potters for Peace members Robert Pillers, Reynaldo Diaz and Kaira Wagoner will give a poster presentation at the 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation. This is the second year that Potters for Peace has participated in the North Carolina-based conference. In 2011, the conference pulled in water and sanitation experts from over 30 countries. An even bigger turnout is expected this year, with keynote speakers such as Bai Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of the African Ministers Council on Water, and Tessie San Martin, CEO and Director of Plan International USA. To learn more about the conference go to http://whconference.unc.edu/.