CBC.ca | Daybreak South

CBC.ca | Daybreak South.

Interviews: Daybreak South, CBC Radio, July 27 2011
Potters Without Borders – Burt Cohen speaks with Marion Barschel

Potters Without Borders has been working for years to bring clean water to African homes. Burt Cohen of Enderby is the executive director of Potters Without Borders. These are some photos he took while in Somaliland last November.

Read more on CBC.ca | Daybreak South…

CBC.ca | Daybreak South.

Interviews: Daybreak South, CBC Radio, July 27 2011
Potters Without Borders – Burt Cohen speaks with Marion Barschel

Potters Without Borders has been working for years to bring clean water to African homes. Burt Cohen of Enderby is the executive director of Potters Without Borders. These are some photos he took while in Somaliland last November.

Thumbnail image for PottersA.JPGFlow testing filters at the Biyo Miireceramic water filter factory in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This factory was set up in early 2010 by the Red Crescent Society and is currently responding to the increased demand caused by the large number of displaced people in the region.

Daybreak’s Marion Barschel spoke with Burt Cohen about what this organization is doing in Africa right now.

CBC.ca | Daybreak South

CBC.ca | Daybreak South.

Interviews: Daybreak South, CBC Radio, July 27 2011
Potters Without Borders – Burt Cohen speaks with Marion Barschel

Potters Without Borders has been working for years to bring clean water to African homes. Burt Cohen of Enderby is the executive director of Potters Without Borders. These are some photos he took while in Somaliland last November.

Read more on CBC.ca | Daybreak South…

CBC.ca | Daybreak South.

Interviews: Daybreak South, CBC Radio, July 27 2011
Potters Without Borders – Burt Cohen speaks with Marion Barschel

Potters Without Borders has been working for years to bring clean water to African homes. Burt Cohen of Enderby is the executive director of Potters Without Borders. These are some photos he took while in Somaliland last November.

Thumbnail image for PottersA.JPGFlow testing filters at the Biyo Miireceramic water filter factory in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This factory was set up in early 2010 by the Red Crescent Society and is currently responding to the increased demand caused by the large number of displaced people in the region.

Daybreak’s Marion Barschel spoke with Burt Cohen about what this organization is doing in Africa right now.

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KOMASKET MUSIC FESTIVAL

August 4, 5 & 6, 2006
Komasket Park, Vernon, BC Canada

 

We put together an information booth last weekend for presentation at the Komasket Music Festival. Using information gathered from other websites, and CWF (Ceramic Water Filter) documents provided by Burt we made up some full color posters. The entire “Komasket Publicity Package” can be found below for download.

We were able to sell a few “Potters for peace” T-shirts, and add a number of contacts to our E-mail list. Most importantly we connected with many people who are interested in the CWF technology and made our name “Potters Without Borders” known to a new community.

Burt made a beautiful receptacle for the filter, which prompted many inquiries about the filters availability here in Canada. It seems that the idea of having a countertop water filter is just as appropriate in the Okanagan Valley where clean, healthy drinking water is becoming scarce. Especially as an alternative to bottled water which has become the “norm”, the CWF is a way to have clean water without chlorination. Could we produce a filter here and use the profits elsewhere?

Komasket Publicity Package:

cartoon.jpg : 300kb – Cartoon of Filtron, by Santec, Cuba (Color 8.5×11)
logo1lg.jpg : 1.05mb – PWB logo, (B/W 11×17)
mission.pdf : 13kb – Preliminary mission statement (to be revised), (B/W 11×17)
press poster copy.jpg : 1mb – Glossy poster of filter presses from 5 countries (Color 11×17)
RDI Display.pdf : 241kb – 2 page explination of the entire filter production process with photos of every step taken from the RDI website (Color 8.5×11)

Capabilities and Short History of the Filtron Design Ceramic Water Filter (CWF)

The water filter design that is now used in Nicaragua was invented by a Guatemalan chemist, Fernando Mazareigos.   This design was the first that we know of where the capabilities of a ceramic filter were combined with the antimicrobial capabilities of colloidal silver. 

 In 1981, the InterAmerican Bank financed a comparative study to determine which of ten appropriate technology filters best met the following criteria:

 

 Has a sufficient flow rate for home use

 Is effective at removing bacteria

 Is simple to manufacture

 Can be made with available materials

 Can be made and sold at low cost

 Contributes to economic activity at low-income level

 Ease of distribution

Download Full Document: Capabilities of the Filter.doc

Diarrhea and Its Causes

Diarrhea can be defined as the passing of frequent, loose or watery stools more than four times a day (SAFETI Adaptation of Peace Corps Resources). Diarrhea is, in effect, the effort of the body to expel the disease-causing microbes.

In order to survive and cause disease in the body, pathogenic bacteria must remain there and multiply. The cells of the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract and the genito-urinary tract are covered in mucus membranes. A thick layer of mucus helps prevent penetration of bacteria. Mucus membranes are constantly flushed by fluids that prevent bacteria from becoming established, move bacteria through the system, and kill or inhibit growth. Natural antibodies and fever also kill pathogenic bacteria.

Download Full Report: Diarrhea and its Causes.doc

Colloidal Silver – Background

Silver has been used as a medicine and preservative by many cultures throughout history The Greeks used silver vessels for water and other liquids to keep them fresh.Silver was used by the Romans to preserve water in storage jars. During war campaigns Alexander the Great boiled and stored water in silver or bronze urns to reduce waterborne disease.

Silver was used as a medicine in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Silver, along with other metals was discovered to possess microbicidal properties but silver alone showed both strong microbicidal properties and low or no toxicity to humans. The colloidal state proved to be the most effective form because it lacked the caustic properties of salts (such as silver nitrate) and demonstrated a high level of activity with very low concentrations (oligodynamic). In 1881 silver nitrate was first used for the prevention of gonorrhea. In 1884, the German obstetrician F. Crede administered 1% silver nitrate to the eyes of newborn infants, virtually eliminating the incidence of disease-caused blindness in newborns. When antibiotics came into widespread use in the 1930s, the use of colloidal silver was dropped.
Download full document: Colloidal Silver1.doc