A CHARITY is helping to provide clean water to people in Africa after a donation of filters.
Redrose Manufacturing, in Fence Houses, has donated water filters to Maji Salama, a charity working in Kenya, supplying aquafilters to provide safe and clean water for those who need it.
The firm has provided 70 Family Aquafilters, which meet the water needs of up to 20 people, and 12 Community Aquafilters, which are used by larger organisations.
The aquafilters were developed initially as a project of the Cleadon and District Rotary Club, by John Griffiths, an engineer from Cleadon.
The Safe Water Trust, which delivers aquafilters where there are humanitarian crises, took over the work and volunteers assemble the community filters at premises in Washington, and the family filters are put together in Chester-le-Street.
It has partnered with Maji Salama to supply the filters to people in need and educating communities about the diseases carried by contaminated, unfiltered water.
Eventually, Maji Salama hopes, through its partners, to set up a facility to assemble the filters in Kenya, for distribution in Africa.
A pilot scheme has already been carried out in Kenya and now a second can take place in an urban community of Nairobi.
Maureen Kesteven, of Maji Salama, said: “Obviously, we are over the moon.
“I think it’s such a good donation which enables us to start our second phase.
“We are donating aquafilters to give people clean water and also providing health education, by giving them information about water-borne diseases.”