What Do You Know About Clean Water?

What Do You Know About Clean Water?

What we do not know can hurt us badly…or help us immensely. We know things about life and how to live. We are also aware of things we do not know, but would like to know. Finally, we also do not know what it is we do not know; and therein lies the challenge for each of us. What do you know about clean water?

For those who live in rural areas as subsistence farmers in Africa, Latin America, or around the world, life is measured in terms of the seasons, adequate rainfall, and political stability. Life’s blessings lie in the numerous relationships that exist among family and community. For the world’s poorest of the poor, life is fairly straight forward; food, shelter, and some degree of health. That health is almost always measured in terms of clean and safe water. In the cities we find increasing numbers of people purchasing packaged water. Yet even here the standardization and consistency of clean water is woefully lacking.

There have been an increasing number of studies showing that up to eighty percent of illness and hospitalizations in the emerging economies are directly related to contaminated water. Millions of people still source their water from open wells, lakes, rivers, ponds, and unclean storage tanks. The question for us becomes how we can be a sustainable solution without creating more dependency in the supply and delivery of water filter systems.

One exciting development has been finding a filter better in quality and characteristics and at a lower price than what we have ever been able to provide before. It is called the Village water filter. You can learn more from their website: www.villagewaterfilters.org

A couple years ago I returned from a trip to Belize. Six months later one of the Rotarians I had met on that trip phoned me from Colorado. He asked, “Do you remember the question I asked you when we met and the answer you gave me?” I had no idea, thinking I must have really stuck my foot in my mouth. He said, “I really liked your answer and I want to help you achieve your vision!” He was a retired dentist and he went to work developing a hollow fiber membrane water filter that requires no electricity, no replacement parts, and no chemicals, at over 50% less than what we had been paying. Today, we can bring clean and safe water to more people at less cost than ever before. This happened not because we knew about how to do it or even tried to invent something new but because someone else had an idea, a passion, and a collaborative spirit. We thank God for that person and every person like him who gives us a donation to bring this product to the least, lost, and lonely, to those who are the champions making the last mile delivery, for those of you who speak for those who do not have a voice, and for you who read these emails and just lift a prayer, say a word of encouragement, and support Business Connect. We have an amazing team with us and surrounding us.

Until next time,

Lou Haveman and the Business Connect Team

Why We Support Goal 4: Quality Education For All

Why We Support Goal 4: Quality Education For All


“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond…”

Malala Yousafzai

This quote is a reality that everyone needs to realize. At the young age of 18, Malala is best known as the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate as she fought for the rights for young women in her native province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

If you are just joining us on our September blog journey, we are dedicating this month to help bring awareness to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be set in motion on September 27 by a global community. These Global Goals are at the core of what we do at Business Connect. We are Creating Hope Through Business, working in 35 countries; addressing the critical need for greater access to vital natural resources to help end global poverty.

A post on Girl’s Globe today provides a succinct overview of what we hope will be achieved when together — developed and developing countries, politicians, private sector leaders, civil society organizations, faith groups and others adopt a set of 17 goals that aim to take forward the job that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in motion by intensifying action to empower the poorest and the hardest to reach.

So what have we accomplished since the year 2000, when participating countries agreed to implement the Education For All (EFA) goals, which included achieving universal primary education – especially for girls, minorities and under-served kids, cutting adult literacy in half and expanding early childhood care and schooling?

Only a third of the countries achieved the six outlined aims and while most countries fell short, there were a number of notable gains over the past fifteen years. 52 percent of countries achieved universal primary education. “The world has made tremendous progress towards Education for All,” Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general, said in a statement. “Despite not meeting the 2015 deadline, millions more children are in school than would have been had the trends of the 1990s persisted.”  Still, this left 100 million children out of school.

You see, 100 million children will slip through the cracks and many will not receive a formal education. But our purpose is to bring business solutions to the poorest people of the world in ways that are sustainable, profitable, and life-changing. Although we believe education is crucial to development, you will find most of the children living at the last mile — not being able to afford a proper education and at most, only making it through primary school.

We can all do more. If you want to get involved, contact us today.


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