Additional Funding Awarded to the Safe Drinking Water Project (SDWP) by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

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EnvironFocus is pleased to announce the funding awarded to us by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange! This grant will support our Safe Drinking Water Project (SDWP) in Nigeria and it will assist us in providing and installing 5 additional Lifestraw Max units in 5 Nigerian hospitals in the Niger Delta region, as well as 20 LifeStraw Communities for ten public boarding schools (with 2 LifeStraw Communities per school). This funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange will also cover spare parts for the 10 LifeStraw Max purchased previously.

About the LifeStraw Max

A LifeStraw Max is a LifeStraw brand water purifier that is compact and uses no electricity, battery power, or chemicals in its filtration. The LifeStraw Max includes an advanced carbon filter that reduces lead, chlorine, and other chemical contaminants, which is relevant in hospitals as patients may be very sensitive to certain chemicals due to consuming drugs. One LifeStraw Max serves up to 400 people per day, so the provision of 5 LifeStraw Max will serve up to 2,000 people daily in the different Nigerian hospitals and boarding schools. Each LifeStraw Max can provide up to 180,000 litres of filtered water before the filter cartridge needs to be changed. Providing spare filter cartridges will extend the lifespan of each filter, providing up to 360,000 litres of safe drinking water per LifeStraw Max. 

About LifeStraw Communities

A LifeStraw Community is a water purifier by the LifeStraw brand, and it filters for viruses, bacteria, microplastics, dirt, sand, and cloudiness. It filters 26,000 gallons over its lifetime and can provide adequate water intake for about 75 people each day.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange are a group of Catholic women based in Orange, California. They emphasize the importance of the love and obedience of Jesus and strive to improve the lives of those around them. This congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph began in Le Puy, France, in around 1650. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange have been at their current site for a little over 100 years, celebrating this anniversary in 2022.

The Safe Water Drinking Project (SDWP)

This project, run by EnvironFocus, provides a way for individuals and organizations to assist with various endeavours to improve access to water and sanitation in Nigeria. The SDWP has three current primary initiatives: water infrastructure development projects, sanitation and hygiene workshops, and water quality improvement initiatives. Previous project activities include the donation of microbial filters and LifeStraw communities from various partners.

We are once again incredibly grateful for this opportunity and continued support from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange! See our 2022 article to read more about the previous grant awarded to us by them!

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Aliyah Knetsch

Aliyah is a fourth year BSc Psychology student at the University of Waterloo, and she is a Research Assistant with EnvironFocus.
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