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Ecofiltros for Safe Passage families . Reduced spending,improved health, increased awareness. What are Ecofiltros?. Developed in the ‘80s by a Guatemalan scientist Ecofiltro provides an affordable means of filtering water, other than chlorinating or boiling water

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ecofiltros for safe passage families

Ecofiltros for Safe Passage families

Reduced spending,improved health, increased awareness

what are ecofiltros
What are Ecofiltros?
  • Developed in the ‘80s by a Guatemalan scientist
  • Ecofiltro provides an affordable means of filtering water, other than chlorinating or boiling water
  • Found to reduce instances of diarrhea by 50%
  • Awarded the World Bank’s Marketplace Award for sustainability in 2003, 2004
  • In the last 3 years, 60 000 filters have been distributed, serving 500 000 Guatemalans
  • Ecofiltros are now available in 14 countries around the world

Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=86&cache=1

how does ecofiltro work
How does Ecofiltro work?
  • Made out of local clay and sawdust, bathed in colloidal silver, a naturally anti-bacterial substance
  • Micropores in clay basin filter out impurities, such as cysts, fecal residue, etc. Also eliminates smell and color from contaminated water
  • Colloidal silver coating purifies water from bacteria that cause diarrhea, cholera, and other diseases of the digestive tract
  • Clay basin placed inside a bucket with a tap and cleaning instructions on the back
  • Clay basin must be cleaned regularly and replaced once a year

Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=104&cache=1

ecofiltro and safe passage
Ecofiltro and Safe Passage
  • Through the Adult Literacy program, Safe Passage has provided donated and discounted Ecofiltros to local families in 2009 and 2010
  • Safe Passage organizes a water filtering training session for families receiving Ecofiltros every year
  • In May 2009, 42 filters were donated by Water Charity and given out to women who attended Adult Literacy classes as well as 4 given to Safe Passage
  • In June 2010, 32 of these women requested and bought a clay basin replacement with a 50% discount of Q100.00 provided by the company Ecofiltro
  • In addition, Water Charity donated new filters to an additional 35 women and men in 2010
  • 77 Safe Passage families now have an Ecofiltro water filter in their homes
previous scientific studies
Previous scientific studies

Social Studies. No. 53 Magazine.  IV Season.  The Fight Against Child Morbidity: “Artisan Filters and Education.  AfA Guatemala, ICAITI, IDIES”Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala. 1993-1994. Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=10&cache=1.

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