One day after working at the site of the KFDCO (Kidney Failure Dialysis Charity Clinic), presently under construction in Addis Ababa, I noticed a large sign displaying a plumbing product training session at the entrance to the Ghion Hotel where I was staying while working with the construction crew.
I thought it would be interesting to partake and learn at this training session, as the IPS pipe and fittings was the preferred product of choice for the conditioned water recirculation loop to the kidney dialysis machines in the new clinic. After a warm welcome by all, I participated in the training along with the KFDCO Administrator Alemayehu Workshet…true to form plumbers do ask the same questions the world over…
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Fred Schilling returns to an improving but still tenuous situation in island nation struggling to bounce back from natural disaster.
As Haiti struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and devastated much of the nation’s infrastructure, the effort continues to provide residents there with safe drinking water.
Last May, plumber Fred Schilling spent a week in Haiti teaching plumbing workshops and helping students from Haiti Tec install a water-purification system from start to finish. The system had been designed and donated by Water World Partners, a student group at Seattle University.
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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.
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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.
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Bienvenue! 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.
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It may not be the most glamorous job, but it’s certainly one of the most important: bringing in the water and moving out the waste. “Plumbers Without Borders” are bringing basic needs to people in need around the world and doing a dirty job for free.
Fred Schilling donates his time and considerable expertise to help Haitian people obtain safe, clean drinking water.
In nearly four decades as a plumber, there isn’t much that Fred Schilling hasn’t seen. Since beginning his career with the U.S. military and becoming one of south Florida’s youngest-ever Certified Master Plumbers in 1976 with a perfect 100 percent on the exam, Schilling estimates that he has been involved in about 800 construction projects over 36 years, including virtually every type of large-scale project imaginable. This includes, schools, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and even Six Flags Atlantis, which when build in the early 1980s was the world’s largest water theme park.
His latest endeavor, however, could be his most daunting – and rewarding – yet: helping bring clean, safe drinking water to the people of Haiti.
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Mike McCamon, CCO for Water.org, recently visited Haiti and saw something in Port au Prince that underlined why we do the work we do.
“Short Stories” is a series of videos in which members of the Water.org team recount stories of their time in the field. Let us take you on a journey!
As a public-private initiative, the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) unites and mobilizes U.S.-based expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world. The U.S. Water Partnership brings together top U.S. resources to create valuable solutions that will positively impact our growing global water challenges.
Announced in March 2012, the Partnership is supported by a wide range of government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and the private sector. As a single entry point into vast amount of U.S. water knowledge and expertise, the U.S. Water Partnership demonstrates U.S. leadership on global water issues, and provides an important platform for public-private collaboration to leverage assets, know-how, and investment of partner organizations and other stakeholders.
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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 (www.waterforhumans.org) 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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The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services via a country led-process. A more challenging secondary goal is to analyze the factors associated with progress, or lack thereof, in order to identify drivers and bottlenecks, to identify knowledge gaps and to assess strengths and challenges across countries.
The GLAAS report, implemented by WHO and published biennially, is the principal source of evidence for Member States and other major stakeholders for the High-Level Commitment Dialogue (HLCD) and to outline their commitments at the biennial Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meetings (HLM), jointly hosted by the World Bank and UNICEF at the WB/IMF Spring Meetings – with the next planned for April 2014.
World Plumbing Day is an international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and last year’s tsunami in Japan
reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems — until those systems cease to function properly. History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement — both physically and socially — have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.
The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns. We would like you help in bringing a better understanding of the largely misunderstood role plumbers play in keeping folks safe and healthy each and every day.
We look forward to seeing your participation in this worthwhile event.
Mike Rowe of Mike Rowe Works and Discovery Channel speaks to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on May 5th, 2011. He discusses the need for change in the work force of USA’s citizens to promote skilled trades as a desired job, rather than that being exclusive to jobs that requires a 4 year degree or more.
Urban poverty is growing. The cities in the developing world are overloading as millions of people each week arrive to find a way to survive. Most will be forced to set up home in makeshift slums with no safe water, sanitation, electricity or security. This is a reality right now for around one billion people. According to a U.N. report, by 2030 this figure is set to double.
These statistics are not anything new. We know about the numbers and chronic poverty in the slums. We know about the human waste, the mounting rubbish, the risks of cholera, the families crammed into tiny spaces, and the precarious shacks on landfills or by railway tracks. We just do not seem to know what to do about it.
Take the Korail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. People have been settling here for over 30 years, and it is now the biggest slum in Dhaka. It sits on the Gulshan Lake, overlooked by one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the capital. Women can be seen washing their dishes at the lake’s edge, just meters away from where hanging latrines discharge directly into the water.
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