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We want to do everything we can to support the communities in the coffee-growing regions of the world. Many of them suffer from extreme poverty and are among the world’s poorest countries. Children are often the most vulnerable and that is why we partner with Compassion UK – a widely respected international organisation that works in 26 countries to release children from all kinds of poverty.

Respond with Compassion logoOne of the many ways we support Compassion UK is through their RESPOND Initiatives. In 2014 it was Rwanda and as from 2016 our donations are now going to the Philippines. Through the RESPOND (Water of Life) Initiative, children and their families are given safe drinking water for life. As part of the initiative, each family is given a Compassion Water of Life unit which contains:

  • a filter and bucket
  • a second bucket to catch the filtered water in a clean container
  • a syringe to rinse the filter with safe water.

The units are based on the same technology developed for kidney dialysis. Dirty water from sources such as pipes, lakes, rivers, ponds or even puddles is poured into the bucket where the microscopic pores contained within the tiny tubes of each filter remove deadly bacteria, transforming it into water that is completely safe to drink. 

Why Compassion Water for Life?

Compassion Water of Life lasts a lifetime.

With occasional rinsing -– a process that takes less than a minute, each filter is capable of filtering one million gallons of water and a child is expected to only need 14,600 gallons in their lifetime.

Compassion Water of Life units are easy to set up and maintain.

A new system can be installed and ready to use in five minutes and only requires simple ongoing maintenance.

Compassion Water of Life units have been proven and tested by doctors, the United Nations and other NGOs.

They remove 99.9% of bacterial contaminants in water including cholera, typhoid, E. coli, amoebic dysentery, botulism, streptococcus and salmonella.

Long-term Impact

The life-long effectiveness of Compassion Water of Life means that the units have huge health, educational and economic benefits for Compassion-assisted children and their families.

  • When children are healthy they can go to school and develop the skills they need to enter into secure and stable employment.
  • By giving children sustained protection from diarrhoea, they are less at risk from malnutrition and stunting.
  • Safe water means that a family needs fewer resources to treat illness; a significant financial saving over a lifetime.

To find out more, visit Compassion UK’s website.