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

August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Burma 2015

Creating Hope Through Business

A Note from Lou Haveman

Last week I walked 86 miles in the Upper Peninsula of the great state of Michigan. It was a great walk for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which was the assurance that I had access to a great water filter. On more than one occasion I crawled through the grass and bent down over the rocks to dip my Sawyer water bottle into the bubbling cool giardia contaminated water and enjoyed a wonderful cool drink. Should I not have dipped my Sawyer bottle filter into the local forest stream, I still could have walked out a bit dehydrated, maybe even light headed, but not sick.

In another part of the world it is a different story.

Today, I received an email from one of my International Sales Representatives, Rudy Shaffer. He showed me pictures of flooding that has contaminated most of the water drinking sources in the Chin Province of Burma. There has been flooding and water in abundance, dark brown, guaranteeing sickness, diarrhea, and even death for the young.

I cannot do a thing without a partner, without resources to bring filters to local partners on the ground. There is no international media to bring this to our attention and it is so far away. We can ignore it…if we dare. If you are touched by his words and want to bring a word of hope, then send a tax deductible gift to Partners Worldwide (Attention Business Connect) for Worldwide Clean and Safe Water, 6139 Tahoe, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Every $100 will provide clean and safe water for 20 people for two years and perhaps longer. We will send you a picture and report of what your gift did for a family in need. See below for more details.

Rudy’s Report
”Our Burma team coordinator just brought to my attention that there is a very dire situation in Chin State, Burma right now. There is much flooding causing deaths due to mud slides and many communities are cut off with no access to food or clean water. With a forecast of continual rain this situation is not expected to get better soon. We are considering how to send relief for this situation. With flooding most all of the water sources are contaminated and the crops are destroyed which means a shortage of food for next year also. From what I have seen the Sawyer filters would be perfect for disaster situations like this and if we are able to find a way to send relief it would be great to distribute them also.

Here is a video of the area of Kalaymyo, Myanmar where we have feet on the ground which sent some of the pictures. Please let me know if you are able or interested in sending filters to provide relief to victims of this disaster.

Empowering Women
As our travels take us to Africa and South America this month, we are excited to provide more opportunities for women to become small business owners distributing “green” products that will help their communities become healthier.

In developing countries, women are true teachers to children but are also drivers of the global economy. Many women show a great capacity for relationship building, but also have the ability to gain more technical and systematic skills through exposure.

“You educate a woman, you educate a nation.”

With access to clean water, light and power, families can take steps to improve their family’s health within their budget. If you know someone in the developing world who would like to start their own small business bringing clean resources to their community, send us a note or contact us.

The Sawyer Point One Water Bottle Filter

Have you seen our newest product? Order one for your emergency preparedness kit or stash in your backpack for that next hike!
• It’s Simple To Use and Saves Time: Use any water source and drink safely.
• Cost Efficient: One system provides clean water for pennies a day over its lifetime.
• Saves Health: Stop stomach ache or diarrhea; nutrition value of food increases 40%.

Order one today!

Until next time,


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