HydroPack™ Demonstration Project - Videos

Making of Kenya Videos

The Uber-London team of Alan Lee, Eliza Yacob, David Meadows and James Ruffell put together this video on the making of the HydroPack™ stories. It’s an uplifting piece that captures the pride of the people and the sense of community that inspired all of us involved in the project.

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A Learning and Humbling Experience

“There's a lot of technical things that we would learn from this that will change, but overall, we've shown that it's a very viable technology,” says Keith Lampi, chief operating officer of HTI and one of its founders. “But when you look at a little higher level, in some sense you're humbled. You're looking at a group of people that are content in life, you're looking at a group of people that are happy, you're looking at a group of people that are proud of who they are. You're looking at a group of people that call themselves a family. They're just a beautiful people...it's just a privilege to be here and it's humbling.”

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Something a Heart Went Into

Keith Lampi is one of the founders of Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI), the first company to commercialize forward osmosis water purification/separations technology for industrial as well as consumer applications.

The HydroPack™ evolved from HTI’s work with the U.S. military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and their need for a hydration solution that can take any water anywhere and make it safe to drink.

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The Final Mile

“Every time that we haul water around the world for disaster response, it means that we're being 20 times less efficient or 20 times more expensive than we could be with a HydroPack™ answer,” says Dr. Paul K. Carlton, Jr., former U.S. Air Force surgeon general and currently director of Office of Innovations and Preparedness for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.

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Designing a Solution That Fits

Six days into the 10-day HydroPack™ demonstration project in the village of Mudimbia, Kenya, Dr. Paul K. Carlton, Jr., surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force from 1999-2002, and Austen Angell, president of the Portland, Oregon design firm, Modern Edge, engaged in a dialogue about how best to use design to meet health care needs in developing countries such as Kenya.

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Mother Knows Best

The success of any hydration solution depends on acceptance of mothers, says Dr. Paul K. Carlton, Jr., director of Office of Innovations and Preparedness for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.

Worldwide, 95 percent of water issues worldwide revolve around women, according to Dr. Carlton.

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Making a Difference

“You always expect it to be very different and it never is,” says Austen Angell, president of Modern Edge, a Portland, Oregon design firm. “The people are always the same. Every day they want to get up and they hope the day is going to be a little better than it was yesterday. And, overall, they want the world to be a little bit better for their children.”

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Listening to the People

Pamela Ogalo Ooko wondered why she was being asked so many questions.

Pamela and her family were among the 11 households interviewed by Austen Angell of Modern Edge as part of the design research for the HydroPack™ demonstration project in Mudimbia, Kenya.

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A Different Kind of Project

Chief John Kudombi has seen well-meaning organizations come and go in his impoverished, flood-prone village in Western Kenya. When they depart, life continues pretty much the same.

Kudombi thinks the HydroPack™ demonstration project organized by Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI) and the Kenya Water for Health Organization will be different.

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Living on the Brink of Disaster

You wouldn’t know it from the shoes and colorful shirts and ties he wears most days but Francis Obanda didn’t own a pair of shoes until he was `15 years old.

“Growing up here is quite challenging,” says Obanda, who is now administrator for the radio station that provides news and weather information to the flood-prone Bunyala district in Western Kenya. “There’s only one primary school and you need to be very much vigilant with a will to learn.”

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To Smile, To Live, To Dance

Three-year-old Brenda Taka lives in the village of Mudimbia in Western Kenya. In the Bunyala district where Mudimbia is located, there are 12,000 children between the ages of one and five years old – roughly 20 percent of the population.

The area has a long history of flooding and waterborne diseases that wreak havoc on the area, especially children like Brenda.

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Bringing Water Back to Life

Naimo Abdullahi, supervisor for the Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO), knows all about the perils of contaminated water from her work in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

“With no water, there’s no life,” says Mrs. Abdullahi. “With no clean water, again there’s no life because we’ll be losing a lot of people.”

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