Dubai art auction to fund access to clean water in needy communities

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A Dubai nonprofit is auctioning off works of art created by leading interior design houses to raise funds for access to clean water in impoverished communities.

Surge for Water has been providing water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health solutions to needy communities around the world since 2008.

A gala dinner hosted by the organization will see nature-inspired works of art auctioned off to help underprivileged people in Uganda, the Philippines, Indonesia and Haiti.

“We have amazing local partners on the ground in each of these countries and we are supporting them with what they need to accomplish,” said Marita Peters, of Surge for Water.

“The work we do involves drilling wells, repairing broken wells, protecting springs, building rainwater collection systems, water filters and more.

“If people have access to it, it leads to improvements in education, health, income and overall well-being. “

In 2020, about one in four people in the world did not have access to safe drinking water and nearly half of the world’s population lacked safely managed sanitation, the United Nations Fund reported. for children (Unicef).

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3 in 10 people around the world could not wash their hands with soap and water in their homes.

Unicef ​​estimated that if the trend continued, 1.6 billion people would be without drinking water and 2.8 billion people without sanitation services by 2030.

Shilpa Alva, founder of Surge for Water, recalled the work done by her organization in Uganda, where more than 1,000 people did not have access to drinking water.

“They had no access to clean water for years and they walked so many miles every day just to get water,” she said.

“I remember we had finished installing a water source there and a village elder, probably in his sixties, took me aside and told me that now the children could go back to school and life would be better.

“He also told me how he was on his knees, drinking from the same watering hole as the pigs and cows. He said the new source of drinking water would make him feel human again.

Eleven design houses have built enduring works of art that will be auctioned off at a gala dinner on December 8 at The Address Dubai Marina.

One of the pieces, called Flocean, a lounge chair including blue masks, hopes to raise public awareness of “Covid-19 waste”.

“Inspired by the flowing shapes of the oceans and the marine life within, it is designed to make a bold and clear statement about the immediate danger of Covid waste – countless single-use masks, gloves and visors that are daily thrown into the oceans, ”said the designers of the artwork.

“Flocean not only uses this waste as an unconventional building material, but also highlights it as a design element to raise awareness of the situation.

“Personal protective equipment is essential to our safety, but dangerous for the environment if not properly disposed of. “

Another work of art is a self-contained solar-powered machine that acts as a source of drinking water.

It can hold cold water without contamination using ozone purification process, electrostatic-antimicrobial air filter and system to add nutrients to water.

Called Drinking air, the room can also harness the humidity in the air and convert it to potable water.

“The main goal of the design is to create a sustainable, renewable energy water source that can help solve water shortages and reduce plastic waste,” the designer said.

“This is a fully solar powered, mobile, self-contained machine designed to dispose of plastic water bottles in offices, schools, hospitals and homes.

“The drinking air machine will produce, cool, store and distribute up to 40 liters of pure drinking water per day. “

Tickets to attend the gala dinner can be purchased online.

Update: December 4, 2021, 5:08 am

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