bio-purifier

A Peacemaking Project by sohalia e.

What is the injustice we are solving?

the biggest injustice i see in my community is environmental pollution, especially water. The quality of the water we do have may not be as it should. Last year, parliament’s Housing Committee issued a report which found that water in 18 governorates, including Alexandria, Giza, North Sinai and Assiut, is polluted to the degree that it is unsafe to drink. According to the Egypt State of the Environment Report of 2005, the four sources of pollution to our water sources are sewage, factories, agricultural draining water and waste. It mentioned that 65 percent of people in Egypt drink polluted water, and 25 percent of child mortality (children under 5) is provoked by water-related issues. “It’s very dangerous.” the problem was solved by water filters that are widely used in modern houses in cities. and here is the injustice, most of the houses in the countrysides haven't enough money to buy a water filter. that's why Renal failure percentages in the countryside is 29% more than in cities

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of water pollution
we will address the increased rate of water polluted because of using the traditional way for irrigating, by filling the planed fields by much excessive water, the rest of the water is going usually through tunnels and considered as wastewater
by a very cheap water filter that consists of wastes that can effectively produce adequate quantities of drinking water from agricultural wastewater, as it depends on bio-sorbent polymer that can absorb heavy metals. an example is for bio-sorbent is hemicellulose in corn cobs that can absorb 3 heavy metals from water.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • affording an easy method for purifying polluted water, and maintaining water shortage by finding east to be applied solutions.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

realizing the seriousness of the problem, for encouraging the society to support the environmental solutions and helping others to come over the crisis.

How will you show courage?

i'll show courage by taking surveys from people around to conclude the overall vision for the problem and the solution, as by this, i could have many feedbacks and suggestions that were really beneficial. also, i've previously participated in many argumentative debates that concluded many parts of water shortage and water pollution. although i won in most of them, i always felt that showing courage is bigger than this. so, i began to talk to charities near my home and give them information as statistics and research papers.

How will you collaborate with others?

making big changes requires some helping hands. so, i'm planning for collaborating with other charities that concern for water shortage in rural areas, as probably the expansion will be wider, besides, everything needs advertisement, so, i'm planning to visit some organizations that will collaborate with me.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

as the major target of running such a project is to reach the adequate level of awareness for farmers and people that live in rural areas, to know how to obtain clean water in water shortage times, i intend to ask for some advices from experts in humanities and water issue in Egypt, as i'm going to get back to you as a source of contribution if i faced any problems. i'm also going to record some statistics for the difference between the situation before the awareness campaign that i will make and after the awareness campaign.

Key Steps

  • 1- dealing with a charity that have a common implementation for solving the crisis of water shortage
  • 2- working on expanding awareness for the biggest possible area through advertisement and expanding awareness, and finally making a comparison between the past and current situations.

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

we tried to figure out the injustice as deep as we can using the tree diagram (which was really effective), we made a survey at city and at a countryside village to know the as much different points of views as we can. we also made a school activity, and made a scale to figure out the level of social awareness about sustainability.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

social knowledge of the real meaning of sustainability had a huge effect on school students, as they learned through our lectures how to be leaders, and how to make such projects. the other side of the effect lies in the countryside, where people knew that water affordability is a human right.

How many people were impacted by your project?

287

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

we tried to choose the most audience that could be responsive to learning through us, so we made a social media propaganda about our work, and sent an open invitation to all who wants to come and know more.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

we read the recently made statistics about water scarcity, water pollution and social awareness about this problem.

What did your team learn?

every problem, whatever it was, can be solved by union of society. the participation and the positive responses were absolutely unbelievable. everyone has the ability to change.

What challenges did your team overcome?

choosing content where it can fit all minds we spoke to, choosing the appropriate location to hold our orientation, and making a creative propaganda

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

it's all about having a staff that cares for the problem and have what it takes to finish an environmental project. first i told my friends about it, then we made a form to call for new members, then we started the project

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

i would advise anyone to believe in his abilities, no one succeeds from the first time.

Our Updates:

a governmental grant

sohalia e. 7 July 2019 13:17 at the date 4/17/2019, we were involved in a competition related to water purification and waste management, and we successfully had an L.E 1500 grant to grow up our activities against water pollution, and also our project was chosen to purify up a small lake in our city

lectures about sustainability and water management

sohalia e. 7 July 2019 13:28 at the date of 5/30/2019, we started giving sessions about water management and sustainability in our school to the middle school students

Comments:

Amani A. Peace First Staff
8 March 2019 13:11

Dear sohalia,

Please continue working on your project; we would love to learn more about the issue that you want to solve in your community.

I look forward to guiding you during this journey. Let me know if you need any help.

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
5 April 2019 11:36

Dear Sohaila - thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please make sure to read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents :)

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
10 April 2019 12:23

Hi sohalia, I hope you are doing well. I just sent you an email, and I look forward to hearing from you :)  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
26 April 2019 13:25

Hi sohalia, please let me know if you have received my email.

Let me know if you need any help.

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
1 May 2019 14:23

Dear Sohaila - thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please make sure to read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents :)

Best,
Amani  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
6 June 2019 10:36

مرحبا، شكرًا لتقديمك لطلب الحصول على المنح الصغيرة. يرجى التأكد من قراءة عملية التحقق الدولية (السؤال الأخير في القائمة) هنا: https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

تأكد أيضًا من ملء النموذج التالي: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

أتطلع إلى تلقي الوثائق المطلوبة، حتى أتمكن من تحديد مكالمة هاتفية معك كخطوة أولى لإرسال المنحة المالية الصغيرة.

تحياتي،
أماني