We are three young and passionate cousins, bounded by the same spirit of adventure and driven by the desire to change the world.
With Sail for Water, a General Interest NGO we created in April 2014, we are developing a unique and innovative project:
Connect the defense of a fundamental human right with an extraordinary sport challenge:
Promote universal access to clean drinking water during a round-the-world tour on a sailing boat.
We will set sails in October 2015!
Water, spring of life, is also the leading cause of death in the world, and children are the worst affected!
Even if, in 2010, UN has (finally) recognized access to drinkable, healthy and clean water as a fundamental right, in 2015, 50% of the worldwide population will drink polluted water every day.
It is against this plague that he have decided to act !
In partnership with the NGO Waves for Water, engaged in actions against unclean water for more than 5 years and which has already distributed more than 100,000 filters, Sail for Water’s mission statement is to go on with the distribution of filters and push it forward in areas that, according to WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF, are the worst severely affected by unclean water.
At each port of call, we will meet local NGOs, well aware of the local situation, in order to distribute filters to the most vulnerable and in need communities.
Moreover, hand in hand with local NGOs, hygiene education workshops will also be proposed to communities during each field action in order to reduce even more contamination risks.
In collaboration with Corentin de Chatelperron and all the team of Nomade des Mers, expert in Low Tech Technologies (in contrast with High Tech), we are developing a Low Tech Water Filter, in order to allow communities all around the world to build their own water filtration system, with materials they can find locally (Bio-sand filters, ceramic filters, micro algae ...)
The crew will broadcast a fortnightly web series all along the adventure.
From the distribution of the filters to the life onboard, as well as reports on the encountered people and their surroundings, many different subjects will be covered.
When we come back, we aim to :
- Create a large awareness campaign on the reality of the access to clean drinking water in the world,
- Make a documentary film on the Sail for Water adventure.
- Publish a travel diary, illustrated with picture taken during the journey.
- Work on the futur of our NGO, and go on with the water filter distributions in the world.
With the PointOneTM filter, communities in need are able to construct and adapt their filter to any plastic containers and start to use it in less than 5 minutes. Gravity does the rest. The kit includes everything you need to attach, use and maintain the filter: a bucket, a filter, a tube, few seals, a tool to adapt the bucket to the filter and a plastic syringe to clean and maintain the filter.
The technology used inside the PointOneTM filters is water treatment using Hollow Fiber Membranes. Those membranes allow water to attain a high level of filtration quickly via pores of 0.1 micron meaning it is impossible for larger elements to go through the filter.
The PointOne Filter removes 99,99999 % of bacteria and protozoa involved in waterborne diseases:
(Cholera, Dysentery, Typhoid, Botulism, E-Coli, Coliform, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Giardia, Cyclospora, Cryptosporidium...).
1 filter = 3 500 000 Liters of clean water = Daily use of 100 persons during 5 years
Water for drinking, but also for cleaning, bathing, cooking!
Maintenance of this filter is very simple. When the filter starts to slow down or clog, simply back wash it with clean water using the syringe provided in the kit.
Since the filters can continuously be back-washed and re-used, they have an extremely long life expectancy!
Here is a video demonstration!
Williwaw is a solid English sloop-rigged boat built in 1977.
As a great and proud ship, she has already travelled more than 40 000 nautical miles.
Its extreme resistance and great navigation qualities were enough for the crew to adopt this old sea warrior.
With a large wardroom, an American fitted kitchen, three double-bed cabins and two shower rooms, all temporarily guests that want to join the crew on a field mission will be warmly welcomed.
Thomas Degermann (in red) - 25 years old - Captain of the ship and technical manager
As a true lover of the sea and of watersports, Thomas has always lived on the coastline. He worships values such as pushing oneself to the limits, sharing and discovering. His passion for sailing aroused his skills, which makes him the most experimented of the crew. Therefore, he has been chosen as Captain. Engineer by training, he is in charge for the preparation, the upkeep and the repairs on the Williwaw during the trip.
Romain Stefani-Sainte-Claire Deville (in grey) - 28 years old
First mate and President of Sail for Water
Although he held since 4 years a managing job, Romain has chosen to move beyond this comfortable stable position to fulfill his desire of helping out people in need. Senior of the crew, his experience of past travel makes him the ideal candidate of the job of President of our NGO. Enthusiastic sailor since he was a child, he will assist the master of the ship as first mate. His passion for photography also makes him the head of the multimedia division of Sail for Water.
Nicolas Sainte-Claire Deville (in black) – 24 years old
Crewman, Head of missions and partnerships
Born sailor, sail lover; Nicolas is the youngest of the crew. Modern explorer, his goal is quite simple: the discovery, the sharing and the involvement. Recently graduated from a Business school, he is in charge of the partnerships of Sail for Water. Additionally, crewman and master of the tender, he will be in charge of the well being of the crew. On the field, during Sail for Water’s missions, Nicolas will lead the missions to ensure the filters’ distribution and provide basic hygiene trainings.
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