Fine Homebuilding Magazine Spotlights Fred Schilling

D021244096-fred-schilling_ldebra Judge Silber, of Fine Homebuilding Magazine, recently sat down with Fred C. Schilling for an insightful interview about his work and altruistic efforts. Fred is a VP of Plumbers Without Borders and has made a name for himself as not only a master plumber but also as caring individual who is not afraid to get his hands dirty for the greater good.

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings, and a water park. Now he’s bringing clean water—and the skills needed to keep it flowing—to Haiti.

Read the full interview

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On the way to helping build a new dialysis facility in Ethiopia…..

Read Dom’s latest trip report: Ethiopia 2014

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Planning for the new Dialysis unit at Zewditu Hospital…April 2014


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Revisiting Haiti: article in IAPMO’s “Official” magazine ….

fred schilling collage haitiHaiti continues to improve while much remains to be done. Training new plumbers is a critical part of establishing new infrastructure. Read about Fred Schilling’s continuing mission…OFFICIAL story – winter 2014 no 1

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Seattle to Ethiopia ….and back!

Fred  Ethiopia 1        Returning from a life-changing journey to Ethiopia, along with a diverse team of volunteer doctors, and medical professionals from the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO), Fred Volkers and Domenico DiGregorio embarked on the initial phase of implementing several plumbing infrastructure improvements in local medical facilities.
As we described in our last post, the unthinkable conditions at Black Lion hospital in Addis Ababa, as well as the urgent need for a Dialysis facility in a nearby hospital, captured our attention, both from a human standpoint, but especially as plumbers….we knew we could make a difference.

Standing face-to-face with many hopeful dialysis patients, who we knew would die without this life-saving equipment, our quest was clear and our resolve strengthened.

Thanks to Fred Volkers  and Stirrett Johnsen Mechanical Contractors (Seattle), arrangements are underway for procuring the equipment needed to build and set up a shipping container-ized dialysis facility, which can be installed (plug & play) upon arrival to Ethiopia. Read Dom’s letter about the trip: Seattle to Ethiopia

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Ethiopia : doctors, nurses, plumbers and more

doctor fixing plbg in hosp inside bl hosp - piping  diverse helpers  supplies at bl  Black Lion Hospital : Ethiopia  Volunteer Plumbers will be joining a diverse team of doctors, nurses, medical technicians, dialysis specialists and other professionals headed to Ethiopia in support of a great Seattle grass-roots organization, the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach group. The patients of Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa have already benefited greatly from their previous trips, and await their return with happy anticipation.  Read our recent announcement: Plumbers-and-Doctors-Teamwork-Promoting-Health

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Suitcases filled with Tools for Haiti’s future Plumbers!

Tools for Haiti arrived      Bien Venue! Fred Schilling  comes through with the gift of Tools !

Hands-on Instructions and the right tools….Thank you to all who helped make this possible….more photos and highlights from the journey  here…

Plumbing problem HaitiThis picture contains a simple fix for a very critical problem……

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Local Plumbers with a global impact :

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by KING 5 News            

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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Hands-on Help for Haiti

IAPMO’s OFFICIAL magazine reports on Fred Schilling’s latest trip to Haiti…bringing hope and skills-building…Read the full article here

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Haiti: stories from the field (

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Secretary Clinton Launches New US Water Partnership

Commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new partnership to improve water security. Announced in March 2012, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world.

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Fred C. Schilling Jr. headed for Haiti : May 9th, 2012

We want to share with you that one of our members, Fred C. Schilling, a Certified Master Plumber, Backflow Tester and Backflow Repair technician in Florida, is headed to Haiti next week May 9th, 2012, to work with Water for Humans ( on a water-purification system.

Our hats off to Fred, as well as our heartfelt Thanks for his deep personal concern and willingness to serve in the collective effort to help bring some relief to the people of Haiti, suffering from drinking contaminated water and lack of sanitation.

Frederick C Schilling Jr., born at “Flushing Hospital” in New York, (1949) is an interesting origin for someone whom would span six decades dedicated to the “Art” of being a Plumber.

Fred began his formal Plumbing training as a U. S. Air Force Plumber, at Port Hueneme California, with the Navy Seabees and Air Force Civil Engineering. In 1969, he was assigned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, spending over a year working hand in hand with Korean Nationals, many of them, women (some with infants strapped to their backs) constructing new Plumbing Installations.

He became a member of the U. S. Air Force “Red Horse” Combat Construction Squadron which stands for ‘Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Engineers’.

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Mercy Corps: Be the Change

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April/2012 : UN- Water GLASS Report :

“This 2012 UN-Water GLAAS provides further reason for vigilance—resources are neither targeted nor apparently sufficient to sustain routine operation and maintenance of water and sanitation services. Thus, there is a serious risk of slipping backwards on gains already made. The analysis emerging from UN-Water GLAAS also helps to identify the reasons behind the disparities in access to sanitation and drinking-water among different regions, communities and income groups.” read more at the World Health Organization website…..

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Celebrate World Plumbing Day: March 11th : everywhere!

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Mike Rowe, working to increase awareness and appreciation for the trades!

Thank you to Mike Rowe: here addressing the Senate about the trades and the skills gap…

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Health Aspects of Plumbing

The World Health Organization and the World Plumbing Council present this publication on health aspects of plumbing noting that sustainable health, especially for children, is not possible without access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation facilities.

Health Aspects of Plumbing

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Urban Poverty

Water and Sanitation is critically essential to rising up out of poverty….Read Jan Eliasson’s article here ….Jan Eliasson was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs…

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launches effort to re-invent the toilet:

The invention of the toilet has done more to save lives in the last 200 years….Making progress in global sanitation is key to saving lives ………Read more

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Sanitation for all by 2015

Read about the UN’s Drive to achieve Sustainable Sanitation for all….

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UN Secretary-General launches global drive to meet sanitation targets by 2015

NEW YORK, USA, 21 June 2011 – Sanitation and access to proper toilets must be at the centre of discussions on development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering this morning at UN Headquarters that included members of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and other dignitaries.

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