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Enviro-Stewards’ Safe Water Development Work Featured in Kitchener Record

The Safe Water Project is designed to empower communities to sustainably provide safe water.  This work, initiated by Enviro-Stewards, is featured in the Kitchener Record newspaper.

The article accurately portrays the tension between traditional charity based models that tend to foster dependence and compared to development based approaches that foster capacity building.  For example, Matthew who is mentioned in the article lived most of his life in a refugee camp but is now equipping other entrepreneurs to develop and operate their own Safe Water Projects.

One correction to the text of the article is that Bruce Taylor did not invent the biosand filter.  Biofilter technology has been around for centuries and David Manz of the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) developed the household sized version employed by biosand filter projects around the world.  Enviro-Stewards’ innovation was to develop a business based delivery model (rather than charity) that involves technical training, business training and training of Community Health Agents to help people understand the cost savings available to them through drinking safe water.  Additional information is available at


Capacity Building Aid Worker Dies After Delivering Hurricane Relief Supplies in Haiti

Cole Brown and Chuck & Candy Ritzen were lost when their small plane crashed into the ocean.  Among his accomplishments, Cole had helped to construct a school in Calvaire in Northern Haiti.  Enviro-Stewards became involved when our founder’s sister, Lynn, helped to launch the school project through Frantzo’s Dream.  Enviro-Stewards’ Safe Water Project arranged for several biosand filters to be installed at the school in order to provide safe drinking water to the students to help avoid water related illnesses.

We are grateful for Cole’s diligent service on behalf of others.  We also grieve for those lost in Hurricane Matthew and those struggling to rebuild.  Coles example of development based relief, such as his local employment building leather business are an enduring legacy of empowerment and capacity building.

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