Revolutionary Water Filtration System Designed to Save Lives

 

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Inventor Michael Prichard with his lifesaver bottle, which converts contaminated water into drinkable water.

Inventor and water-treatment expert Michael Pritchard, watched the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami and hurricane Katrina in 2005 leave many without clean drinking water in the wake of horrific natural disasters, leading him to develop the Lifesaver bottle.

The Lifesaver bottle is a self-contained system that does not require the use of chemicals or tablets to be added to the water, and instead uses a nano-filtration membrane so thorough it can block viruses, bacteria, parasites and microbial pathogens that filters water in seconds.

This revolutionary water-filtration method could drastically reduce the tragedies suffered from a lack of access to clean water. Lifesaver bottles can clean up to 6,000 liters of water per filter. The traditional method of shipping clean water to disaster areas is not only extremely expensive, but has been scrutinized for taking too long, leading to a tragic loss of lives. These bottles can also provide a source of clean water for the many areas of the world that are in need of clean water to drink, as well as aid soldiers and marines. 

Source: www.odemagazine.com  

For more information about the Lifesaver bottle, visit www.lifesaversystems.com

30 Top Surgeons Give 200 Kids a Better Life

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30 top surgeons from India, UK and the USA will begin their efforts to conduct about 30 surgeries a day, free of cost, for children in need.  200 poor children have come to Bangalore (Bengaluru, Karnataka India) to receive care. 

The Sparsh Hospital welcomed the foreign specialists who had flown down at their own cost, bringing with them their medical equipment. Some of the complex musculoskeletal abnormalities that will be tackled include: club foot, cerebral palsy, congenital dislocation of the hips and gross deformity correction. Sparsh Vachana, the initiative inspired by Lakshmi Tatma, aims to bring the world’s best medical care to the doorsteps of those who are in great need.

“We had successfully operated on an ischiopagus conjoined twin called Lakshmi Tatma in November, 2007. The entire cost of the treatment was written off by the charitable wing of the hospital, SPARSH Foundation. Since then, we have had a large number of children come to us from very humble backgrounds with complex problems. So we embarked on a massive operation…’’ – Chairman and chief orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Sharan Patil

Humpback Whale Population Continues to Grow

Feds Consider Taking Humpback Whale Off Endangered Species List

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The US government is considering taking the humpback whale off the endangered species list in response to data showing the population of the massive marine mammal has been steadily growing in recent decades.

Humpback whales were nearly hunted to extinction up into the middle of the 20th century. But the species has been growing steadily since an international ban on their commercial whaling was placed in 1966. The National Marine Fisheries Service, a NOAA agency, received results last year from an extensive study showing that the north Pacific humpback population has been growing 4-7% a year in recent decades.

There are an estimated 18,000-20,000 humpbacks in the north Pacific, up from just 1,400 in the mid-1960s. A survey in the early 1990s of humpbacks in the north Atlantic showed the population at 10,600. The global humpback population is estimated to be about 60,000 now.

Charter for Compassion

Thought for the Day, Ideology for Life

‘A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.’

                                                -Albert Einstein

Hope for Change, Hope for the Future

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Whether you have volunteered in the past, donated to a charity or found yourself aiding a stranger in need at the local grocery store, you have felt the satisfaction of knowing you are helping someone else.  Many of us have reached out for help of some kind at one time or another in our lives and it feels good to give back.  All great charities and service organizations have started from an inspiration to give, with one or two people having a vision about how they would like to serve others.  These organizations enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them.  Today’s highlight is Women for Women International.  

Women for Women International ‘mobilizes women to change their lives through a holistic approach that addresses the unique needs of women in conflict and post-conflict environments.’ They begin by ‘working with women who may have lost everything in conflict and often have nowhere else to turn. Participation in a one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. As each woman engages in a multi-phase process of recovery and rehabilitation, she opens a window of opportunity presented by the end of conflict to help improve the rights, freedoms and status of women in her country. As women who go through the program assume leadership positions in their villages, actively participate in the reconstruction of their communities, build civil society, start businesses, train other women and serve as role models, they become active citizens who can help to establish lasting peace and stability.’

Women for Women International has also been supported by the efforts of Oprah.  Oprah.com has listed a “For All Women Registry” on her website presenting organizations and charities that are making profound impacts on the lives of women in need all over the world.  Direct aid for medical care for mothers and infants, healing rape survivors, protecting women against slavery, offering an education as well as providing resources for women to start their own businesses, are each needs that have been addressed by the efforts of these organizations and the many individuals who are working diligently to make a difference.(http://www.oprah.com/package/oprahshow/oprahshow/pkgregistry/20090925-tows-registry-girls-women)

To learn more about Women for Women International and how you can be a part of their purpose to ‘help women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency’ visit: http://www.womenforwomen.org/