In May, LIFESAVER received a large donation from a customer. Given the size of the donation, LIFESAVER Inventor – Founder Michael Pritchard thought the most appropriate project to gift it to would be the Gordonstoun Thailand Water Project. Michael used to go to Gordonstoun School and was keen on supporting them with this project as clean water provision is close to his heart.
Every year, Gordonstoun School run a project in Thailand in partnership with Thai charity The Pakanyor Foundation (Pakanyor means everyone is equal) to build water tanks in a Karen village (The Karen are an ethnic group that typically live close to the Burmese border) without a nearby clean water source.
This year, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members from Gordonstoun School, travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and then travelled onward to the Karen village of Ban Hak Kia, which is located within the Doi Inthanon National Park.
They spent two weeks in the village laying down the pipes that would enable the water to flow from the water source into the tanks and then into the village taps. Before the water was able to flow into these tanks, the tanks needed to be built. The construction of the tanks was done under the supervision and direction of the Pakanyor staff. The Gordonstoun students also taught at the village school.
While the water in these tanks would be much cleaner than the river water, it would still harbour bacteria and viruses so Michael Pritchard felt a donation of LIFESAVER jerrycans, replacement filters and shower attachments would be a perfect gift to The Pakanyor Foundation and in turn the village of Ban Hak Kia.
Photo of the pallet of LIFESAVER jerrycans to be donated to Pakanyor Foundation
As I manage donations made to LIFESAVER, I was given the opportunity to go to Thailand and handle the distribution of the LIFESAVER technology.
I will be writing several more blogs about this project, this just sets the scene. Also have a look at our Facebook and Tweeter pages, where lots of the photos I took will be posted.