Donations for box of aid and clean water

Rotary Aquabox
Rotary Aquabox

The Rotary Club of Raunds and Thrapston has filled 22 Aquaboxes this year to help people living in countries where clean water is not readily available.

The standard Aquabox has two functions – it is filled with a selection of items and it also contains a filter cartridge and matching supply of water treatment tablets.

Once the welfare items have been removed each box filter can be used to purify up to 1,100 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink.

These 1,100 litres produce 5,000 cups of water, enough for a group of four people drinking 10 cups a day for about four months.

The club had the 22 empty boxes from a previous year and this year, apart from the water filters, they were each filled with items for daily living, cooking, tools, clothes and toys for children.  

When the boxes arrived at the forwarders they were added to a pallet of 500 which were on the way to the Phillipines the next day.

The club had persuaded local shops, charities and businesses to donate items or money to fill them.

Earlier in the year the club raised more than £720 which enabled it to donate £600 to purchase two eco-toilets in India, which allow sanitation, privacy and security for women and girls in under-developed regions of India.