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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI MEDICAL CENTER PROJECT MEDISHARE endorses the CELF LifeStraw "100 Schools" Campaign in Haiti!

Michel J Dodard M.D,
U of Miami Medical Center
Dir of the Office of Community Health,
Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health



The Freshwater Water Crisis: Get Involved!

Lack of safe drinking water is a global health crisis. Each year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illness which keeps students from attending school. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness, and more than 783 million people do not have access to an improved water source.  Hundreds of millions more use municipal water systems that are poorly maintained and deliver contaminated water.

In addition, safe water is vital for economic growth. In many nations, water shortage is a cause of violent conflict. Without safe water, there is no sustainable future for much of the developing world.

Building on their existing LifeStraw water filtration technology, Vestergaard created the LifeStraw® Community. The LifeStrawremoves 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.999% of viruses, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites preventing waterborne illnesses - without the use of harmful chemicals. With your help, families around the world will have access to clean drinking water.

Participate in the CELF LifeStraw® "100 Schools" Water Campaign

You and your school or community can help bring clean and safe drinking water, preventing waterborne illnesses to children and communities around the world. Raise money by initiating fundraising activities of your choice.

Submit tax-deductible donations online or send your check payable to: CELF LifeStraw Campaign
Mail to: CELF, PO Box 412, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Email us event photos and fundraising stories to share here and our Campaign Facebook page!

All donations will go towards the purchase, distribution, training and repair of LifeStraw® Communities. Each tax deductible donation of $350 delivers a school or community-based LifeStraw® Community filter that will provide up to 100,000 liters of safe water, providing over 50 students drinking water for up to four years. Vestergaard will also donate funds to CELF’s educational mission.

Contact holly@celfeducation.org for ideas and support for a LifeStraw Donation program in your community. Send us your photos to share your successes here!


54 to schools in KENYA; 15 to schools in HAITI; 15 to schools in NEPAL


Miami, FL: This project represents a collaborative effort between CELF and Whole Foods Market South Beach. We are grateful to Whole Foods South Beach for giving CELF this opportunity, to the students from the Miami High School who helped make this possible, and to the shoppers who, through their purchases, are providing over a 1.5 million liters of safe drinking water for school children in the Haiti over the coming years. CELF is excited to partner with University of Miami Medical Center and Project Medishare for the delivery of donated water filters to 15 schools in the Central Plateau Region of Haiti. Medishare healthcare workers picked up the units and were trained by Vestergaard Haiti distributor Pluripharm S.A., who then trained local healthcare workers and students about safe behaviors associated with water consumption, hygiene and sanitation.

Miami High School students greeted Whole Foods Market customers and distributed information about the “100 Schools” Water Program throughout "5% Day." The event was the result of tremendous effort in planning and coordination by MHS senior Juliette Gruener (above), who worked closely with CELF and Whole Foods over the past year to bring the event to fruition, including recruiting and training friends and classmates as volunteers.

Four times a year, Whole Foods Market South Beach gives back to theMiamicommunity by selecting a local organization as the beneficiary of "5% Day" proceeds. CELF “100 Schools” Water Campaign was selected because of the extensive number of Haitian employees and community members in the Miami who understand that safe drinking water is an incredibly scare and sought to provide this life-saving relief to their families “back home” in Haiti.

Sharon, MA: The First Lego League (FLL) team, Robo Rampage, grades 3-5 from Sharon, MA, raised almost $300 this Saturday, 12/14/13, towards the donation of a LifeStraw Community filter to a school. The team won two awards & advanced to the State finals while raising money for this worthy cause. They were thrilled with the idea of providing freshwater to hundreds of kids in Kenya! The team hopes to continue raising funds as their team gains momentum! Follow Robo Rampage. Read about FFL.

Phoenix, AZ: Explorer Middle School student and Bat Mitzvah girl Lindsey F. raised money for the campaign by asking guests to support the CELF LifeStraw 100 Schools Campaign - in lieu of giving her gifts. Lindsey's passion for environmental and social issues began long ago, so giving to the campaign was a natural fit between her studies and her caring for others.



Blacksburg, VA: Congratulations to Blacksburg High School Interact Club, whose fundraising efforts resulted in total a donations of $1,326. The efforts were part of a full school year club effort to raise money for the Water Campaign.


Boise, ID: Girl Scout Brownie Troop #451 from Sage International Charter School (2nd & 3rd graders), as part of their WOW (Wonders of Water) Journey badge, participated in several meetings where they learned about using water wisely in their community and globally. Part of that Journey included fundraising for a Water related cause. With research they found out about Lifestraws, purchased one giving the girls the ability to see and learn how the the straws work. As a result they decided to donate $450 of the money earned during their Girl Scout cookie sales towards Lifestraws.

Additionally, their Journey including educating their community about water & water resources. The troop made fundraising posters about LifeStraw which they hung in 3 Boise organizations that work in fields related to the environment and water. Through this effort they raised another $300, for a total donation to the Water Campaign of $750.

Woodlands, TX: 5th graders in the Mitchell Intermediate School H2O Service Club (Heroes 2 Others) chose LifeStraw® as their favorite charity. Over 300 community service hours were contributed during a variety of fund-raising efforts, and their results - $780 was donated! Funds raised were donated through the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and 120 LifeStraws® were donated. Congratulations to Mitchell Students, faculty and parent volunteers for their tremendous efforts!


APRIL 2016: LifeStraw® Community Water Purifiers are breing delivered to Ecuador for earthquake relief. DONATE TODAY!

JANUARY 2016: Thanks to your donations, 15 LifeStraw® Community Water Purifiers shipped to Kenya Schools. DONATE TODAY!

JUNE 2015: 15 LifeStraw® Community Water Purifiers shipped to 5 communities in Nepal.

MARCH 2015: 25 LifeStraw® Community Water Purifiers sent to schools in Kenya where contaminated water caused students to conract typhoid fever.

2014-16: CELF "100 Schools" Water Campaign funded 84 Community filters to schools in Kenya, Haiti and Nepal.

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