Peter Boddie’s Kasiki Project – Water For Those Who Need It


Hydrologist Peter Boddie and I met close to 30 years ago. It was at one of those wonderful Rocky Mountain Ground-Water (or was it ‘Groundwater‘ – I can’t remember which) Conferences that annually migrated from Laramie to Salt Lake City to Reno to Missoula to…Albuquerque. But I digress.I ran into Peter again at the 2007 AWRA conference in Albuquerque at the session Dave Sabatini and I moderated on Hydrophilanthropy.

Peter told me about The Kasiki Project, which he had just started. ‘Kasiki’ is a Kiswahili (East African) word for earthen water container, or communion cup. He’s now got the WWW site up.

Here’s how The Kasiki Project works:

In America, safe tap water is available to almost everyone–yet we spend billions on bottled water, consuming energy and creating plastic waste.

In East Africa, and elsewhere, lack of access to clean water is a major health problem and an impediment to overcoming poverty. There is a great need for small, community water projects; they prevent water-borne diseases and bring access to water near to where people live, thus improving public health and eliminating the burden for women and children of carrying water long distances.

The Kasiki Project offers a simple way to help. Just drink tap water instead of bottled water, and donate the money you save to the Kasiki Project.

We’ll use the money through Church World Service, and other organizations, to fund community water projects that are environmentally sustainable. Also, we’ll provide you with a cool Kasiki Water Jar label to put on your own water bottle.

You can save money, save lives, help save the planet, and make a fashion statement at the same time. Please join us in this effort.

This is a great idea – you quit buying bottled water and help some people out at the same time!

Give Peter’s site a visit and consider making a donation. You’ll be helping to make the world a better place.

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” — Helen Keller  


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