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13,699 people a day…

Christine's installation

die from preventable, water-related diseases, says artist Christine Destrempes in her new exhibition, entitled 13,699, in the Sharon Arts Downtown Exhibition Gallery in Peterborough, New Hampshire (gallery press release here). The installation is comprised of 13,699 clear plastic water-bottle caps collected from a New Hampshire recycling center and strung on monofilament. Below, a detail.

13699 detail

Sometimes people ask me about water charities–there are a lot of them out there–and where their buck will deliver the biggest bang. I haven’t investigated these groups, but there’s one I do feel good about promoting: it’s small and focused and brings clean water to people in developing nations who don’t have it. You can read about the Ann Campana Judge Foundation here, and in the Albuquerque Journal here (says president Michael Campana, “I see us being a flow-through organization. If we get $10,000, we’ll give out $9,900.” You gotta like that).

11 comments

1 Bob Adamski { 07.10.09 at 9:17 am }

A great issue for our country since we take safe water for granted and complain about disease free water at $0.003 per gallon here in NYC. Water For People (www.waterforpeople.org) is another highly rated organization to consider.

2 Michael { 07.10.09 at 10:11 am }

Thanks for the ACJ Foundation shout-out, Elizabeth. Much appreciated!

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4 Jeff { 07.10.09 at 8:14 pm }

Hard to compare all the orgs out there, but Charity:Water is another one that does good work.
http://charitywater.org/

5 Objet d’Art From Bottled Water : AWRA Water Blog { 07.12.09 at 3:47 pm }

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6 Rose George { 07.13.09 at 5:28 am }

True enough, but in fact most of those “water-related diseases” are lack-of-sanitation/fecal-contamination related diseases. Dirty water, yes, but also fecally contaminated food and living environments. Hence a huge and disgraceful daily diarrhea death toll, and still people hide this enormous public health crisis behind the “water-related” euphemism. There’s not much point installing a clean water supply when people are defecating right next to it. I rate WaterAid; they’re big but one of the very few organizations willing to speak out about sanitation. Anyway thanks for the book and the good work (really liked your piece on toilet-to-tap a while back).

7 Jeff Wagner { 07.13.09 at 8:07 am }

Tthe issue of access to clean, healthy water exists in or own backyard as well as in developing nations. There are areas of the US where people use contaminated water everday due to myriad reasons – coal mining, oil/NG drilling, inadequate public infrastructure or local/state budget issues. Hats off to groups like livingwatersfortheworld.org who are addressing the issue internationally as well as nationally.

8 Chuck DiLaura { 07.14.09 at 4:42 am }

Clean water, sanitation and health education transform lives with improved health, economic development and quality of life. Water For People is the charity of choice for the North American water and wastewater industries. Their model works!

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