Pioneering Affordable Water Purification

I’ve been thinking of water purification for a few days after I saw Bill Gates drinking a glass of water that was purified from feces (poop!).

Before this, I had heard of the Desolenator, a solar powered device that’s the most affordable and efficient way to purify water. They are currently preparing for mass production thanks to the success of its ongoing fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.

Here’s some data on the problem these devices are trying to solve:

According to the UN Water GLAAS 2014 Report, 748 million people lack access to improved drinking water and an estimated 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated. In addition, hundreds of millions of people do not have clean soap and water to wash their hands, a simple practice that prevents the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness. Providing safe and sufficient drinking water, particularly for poorer people in rural areas that are not served by formal providers, will progress sanitation and hygiene conditions to assist in achieving the Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal health, curb the spread of infectious diseases, reduce child mortality and ensure environmental sustainability.

Cellphones Have Become Tool for Doing Good Globally

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 700 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion have no access to toilets. Yet according to the International Telecommunications Union, 96 percent of the world is connected via cellphone — which is why it has become a means of doing good.   Continue reading at NYTimes.

AmazonSmile: A percentage of your purchase goes to donation

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

Charity Donation Platform Gets A Makeover says its new look tiles package up over 20 different types of content and activity into “distributable blocks” — that are either automatically generated when users are active across the platform, or can be manually created when users want to share a piece of content (such as a link, video, or photo) with their network.

Source: Techcrunch

A social network for social good

Causes has been around for a while, previously as a property that brought audience attention to a particular cause. The new site, which recently launched will be a social network with a focus on education and charity. It hopes to get their userbase of 186 million users back on the site and engaging with the community and content. > “We believe there will be special purpose but deep social networks around specific parts of your identity” Causes CEO Matt Mahan tells me. ”We think your purpose or civic identity is a core part that’s currently underserved.”

Read more at TechCrunch

Do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Event

For those of you in the tri state, here’s an event at General Assembly:

Do Good: A Social Entrepreneurship Event
Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm
Join us for a full day of talks, panels, and networking to gather with innovative thinkers in the social good space. We’ll hear honest stories from entrepreneurs, how non-profits and corporations are collaborating for social good, the future of social entrepreneurship, and more.

Adil Dhalla / Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation
Adrienne Schmoeker / Corporate Partnerships Lead, Catchafire
Anna Doherty / Senior Marketing Manager, Engagement, DonorsChoose
Christina Tang / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Denielle Sachs / Director of Social Impact, McKinsey & Company
Jay Jaboneta / Global Fellow, Acumen Fund
Kevin Huynh / Chief Breakfast Officer, CreativeMornings
Megan Anhalt / Senior Strategist, Purpose
Melanie Stevenson / Chief Operating Officer, Pencils of Promise
Rei Wang / Community Manager, General Assembly
Seth Bannon / Founder, Amicus
More here