In 2011, a group of students from the Art Center College of Design participated in The Safe Agua Peru project – a program tasked with developing innovation solutions to alleviate water poverty in the developing world.
According to the United Nations, “85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet…783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation…6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.”
The result of the exercise was the development of the Gira Dora – a foot-powered washing machine – and the Balde a Balde – a portable faucet that provides drinking water from any container. In 2012 the students’ work was recognized at The Tech Awards, a program that awards those “who are applying technology to confront humanity’s most urgent challenges”. I worked with the students to assemble the accompanying video that showcases their achievement.