We’re partnering with charity:water to make clean water accessible for all

By Alyse Borkan  |  Sep 7, 2016
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Sleep is a basic, physiological necessity. So is clean water. And what should be a basic human right for everyone sadly is not. The global water crisis is at high-risk, and with increasing water shortages, access to clean water and sanitation poses one of the greatest human and ecological threats. Casper has partnered with charity:water, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Thus far, the organization has brought clean water to 6.4 billion people.

On September 7th, charity: water turns 10. To celebrate the occasion, Casper is funding BioSand Filters to bring clean water to more than 1000 people in Cambodia. Located in southeastern Asia, Cambodia relies on rainfall as its main source of water. BioSand filters use a biological process to kill 99% of bacteria in dirty water, making it safe to drink. Cambodia is a country of more than 15 million people, and has a critical water problem that stems from unsafe environments, lack of infrastructure, and improper waste disposal.

The inspiration to tackle the water controversy in Cambodia came from two Casper cofounders. Chief Product Officer Jeff Chapin and Chief Operating Officer Neil Parikh have advocated for clean water through various ventures and passion projects. While a student at Brown University, Neil started WaterWalla with a group of friends who were dedicated advocates of clean water initiatives. Since its inception, WaterWalla has grown into a collective of doctors, industrial designers, consultants, and entrepreneurs whose main mission is to aid in positive social impact through social ventures and education.

Jeff is also no stranger to getting his hands dirty for the sake of cleanliness and has strong expertise in health, water, and sanitary science. He first learned about the struggling water situation in Cambodia while working at IDEO, and in response, built a latrine to mitigate the sanitation issues in the country. Jeff’s “Easy Latrine” was developed by International Development Enterprises under funding from USAID and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, and provided a low-cost sanitation solution to villagers that they could build themselves. Jeff has also worked to promote hand washing with soap in rural Vietnam, helped develop low-cost pressure pumps for the irrigation of farms and worked to provide market-based sanitation services in Ghana.

Thank you for helping us a tackle a problem that is so near and dear to us all of us at Casper.

We encourage you to learn more about charity:water’s initiatives as they continue to bring clean water to people in need.

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