Weekly Photo Challenge {Indulge}

Lifestraw makes dirty water clean.

Can  you imagine longing for sparkling, clear water that can soothe your parched throat…and finding none?

Somewhere half way along the globe, there are people who lacks even the basic of all needs. We are unaware of these situations from our own comfy seats,  we are lost in our everyday lives that we take all that we have for granted.

More than one billion people in our world have no access to clean, potable water. LIFESTRAW  is slowly changing this.

LifeStraw was developed and seen in 2005 as a practical response to the billions of people who are still without access to these basic human rights and we believe it is an invention that could become one of the greatest life-savers in history. It is a 25 cm long, 29 mm diameter, plastic pipe filter and purchased singly, costs around US2.00 at that time.

The award-winning LifeStraw® personal water filter is now available to consumers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time.

The portable filter—used since 2005 amid harsh conditions in developing countries—removes bacteria and parasites from water, and is ideal for outdoor activities, overseas travel, and emergency preparedness.
LifeStraw enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources. Several advancements have been made to the original design, and the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter now features:
  • Reduces turbidity and filters down to 0.2 microns
  • Removes 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria ( including E. coli and Salmonella)
  • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium)
  • Filters 1000 liters (264 gallons) of water
  • 100% chemical free (contains no iodine, no BPA)

(source: http://bluelivingideas.com/2012/02/06/lifestraw-upgraded-available-for-retail-sale-in-u-s-and-canada/)

The LifeStraw Family water filter is being introduced in Kenya, where it should provide clean drinking water for over 4.5 million people

So the next time we indulge in a cold glass of water, remember the people who have so little left for indulgence in the very things we take for granted.

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75 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge {Indulge}

  1. I have been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any
    interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful
    than ever before.

    • Thank you for your gracious comment! I try to feature and write about the more marginalized section of society in general. I’m glad you found some of it useful.
      Although there’s a lot of interesting writers here whom I learned a lot from in terms of culture and their unique perspective of the world.

      Have a great week and God bless you and yours.

  2. Wow what a great idea… and much needed. Very imformative photo challenge 🙂

  3. Great post, great idea. I want to follow up on this.


  4. This is an eye-opener post, Magda. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  5. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Reblogged this on Changeversations and commented:
    I’ve never heard of this. Thankfully it exists to bring fresh water to so many in need. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Great entry!!

  7. Well, done, Mag!

    For bring out this news to everyone’s attention.
    God Bless!

  8. Interesting and informative! I’ve not heard of these – thanks for sharing. Also, thank you for the link to my blog.

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  10. often small things are the most important!

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  13. wow, never heard of life straws before. they sound great.
    are there filters included, or do they have a certain shelf life? how long does one last?
    thanks for sharing. and thank you also for the pingback on my ‘indulge’ post – which is from the other end of the spectrum. much appreciated!
    since the link you provided will not refer directly to my post, this is just a heads-up for any of your readers who would like to check it out, click on my ‘pix & kardz’ name to the left, and it will take you there.

  14. Thanks Magdalene for sharing about life straws. Excellent!!

  15. jenkakio

    This product fascinates me. My friend is a huge survival nut and I’m going to buy this for her for her birthday. This is so cool. Is that weird that I think that? LOL

    Your photos speaks volumes. To see someone drinking out of a dirty stream/river is gross, but it makes a great point that this Life straw really works. Cool. Thanks for sharing.

    • LOL..wow what a very thoughtful birthday present! Get from the website: http://eartheasy.com/lifestraw

      The say:
      “For every ten LifeStraws sold, Eartheasy will donate one to crisis-affected people in developing countries through the manufacturer’s partnership with Rotary International. We also have a tree planted for every order through partnership with Trees for the Future Foundation. To purchase a LifeStraw, add to cart above, or call 1-888-451-6752.”

  16. I am fillled with guilt as I drink my bottled water in a country that has abundant fresh clean water. Thank you for this eye opening post.

    • Hello Maggie, I do hope my post will not make us feel all guilty but rather, more thankful for the abundance of good things we enjoy…and that in our own way, wherever we are, we can make a difference to the life of the people who have so little in life.

  17. Would this work on the cholera bacteria in Haiti? The epidemic still rages.

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  19. jakesprinter

    Great entry Magdalene for this week theme 🙂

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  21. knudsens

    Great take on this weeks photo challenge. After reading yours, I feel my take is a bit shallow and selfish.

    • It’s good to see how the other half of the population lives, we can learn from them and see how our life is much better…and then we can say our thanks everyday….:o)

      • knudsens

        I thank god every day for my life. And i always give to the poor when im out on the town and see someone begging.

  22. Sad that they have to use a LIFESTRAW for a drinking water. I hope their lives get better. Thank you for making me realize that there are so many things in my life that I just take for granted.

    • Being in WordPress and reading so many blogs from different nationality helped widened my awareness of the world. I’m glad you found this article useful and thanks for the visit!

  23. Managed to locate an office in India. Strange that we had not heard of it before! This is a Godsend in a country like mine! Thanks for the information!

    • Oh my, I’m so glad!!!! I hope you are all helped by Lifestraw. It’s truly a great invention and I’ve been following it up since 2005 when it was first launched!

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  25. Your post is not going to be repeated by any other blogger in the challenge this week, Nice!

  26. Wow. I never even realized. I think inthe USA we take so much for granted.

    • The first world countries are so blessed, and there’s a lot that are taken for granted. Life is so much easier there than in other parts of the world. We all should say thanks for every little comfort we have!

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

  27. They even called it LIFEstraw.

  28. Wow, this is revolutionary. Thanks for sharing.

  29. That is just the coolest thing! Thank you for sharing. I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds like it’s a life saver for so many. Kudo’s to the inventors of this great product!

  30. I agree with Gilly that this is a special entry…so glad you brought it up here

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  32. I’ve never heard of this. Thank you for sharing-it’s great!

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  34. Northern Narratives

    Nice post.

  35. Wow, that something so small and apparently simplistic could be so effective and have such a change in peoples lives. I had never heard of this amazing invention.
    I agree with others – we don’t see clean water as an indulgence but it is. More and more, the first world nations are being faced with the higher costs of water because it is becoming scarser as climate change has an effect. Everything relies upon water…..
    I agree with Gilly Gee – a very special entry. I wish everyone involved in the production, sales and delivery of this wonderful tool every success.

    • I do agree, the inventor of Lifestraw is a great individual. I really appreciate innovative designs and inventions that really changes lives and makes them better.

  36. Most of us would not consider fresh, clean water as an indulgence. Yet it is indeed a blessing that is taken for granted. These pictures are a powerful way to raise awareness about LifeStraw, and the desperate need for clean water in so many places around the world.

    Great post and photos!

    • I’m really hopeful that a lot more people will be blessed by this great invention. It costs so little and can be used so easily. I do hope private agencies and also government institutions will work together to bring Lifestraw to people who needs them.

  37. This is such a special entry,well done for bringing it to our attention, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has never heard of it!

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  39. Ben

    Thank you, Magdalene, for writing about LifeStraw. We’re going to be donating one for every one sold during the month of March in honor of World Water Day.


    • That’s great Ben! Wishing you the best for your campaign and thank God for Lifestraw! This invention has made so many lives bearable and had saved countless people in marginalized areas around the globe!

  40. I’ve never heard of this. Thankfully it exists to bring fresh water to so many in need. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Great entry!

  41. Thanks for sharing this eye-opener!

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