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The portable washing machine that gives back clean water

by Maylynn Bloom |

Imagine turning on the tap and having clean water pour out. For approximately 748 million people, this seemingly rudimentary concept remains an imaginary one. Clean drinking water, the most basic and vital necessity to human survival, remains out of reach for many communities around the world.

Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of death and disease around the world and 90% of water-related deaths occur in children under 5 years of age. According to the World Health Organization, improving water hygiene alone can prevent over 3.6% of the world’s disease burden.

In communities where clean water is scarce, women and children often have to travel great distances on foot to fetch water from safe wells, often carrying heavy drums full for miles. Preoccupied with the daily burden of finding clean, safe water, women and children are unable to contribute to other aspects of society or access education, further preventing communities from thriving.

When clean water becomes accessible to a community, everything changes. Better crops are produced, reducing famine, women become more involved in the community, the local economy grows, education for children improves and the overall health of the community improves significantly. The community prospers.

The Scrubba wash bag team and Calibre8 Pty Ltd are committed to helping provide access to clean water globally. To date, our teams, along with your support, have donated a total of USD25,000 to charity: water and we continue to contribute. Our donations so far have provided a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and currently are funding a project in Ethiopia.


Since 2006, charity: water’s work has successfully funded 13,644 water projects in 22 different countries, improving the living conditions and lives of an estimated 4,600,000 people. Click here to learn about just a few of their stories.

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