THE LIFESTRAW CHALLENGE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the LifeStraw Challenge?
The LifeStraw Challenge is a project to fundraise one million LifeStraws between Peace Day (9/21/08) and Earth Day (4/22/09), through beverage container recycling and monetary donations.
What is a LifeStraw?
The LifeStraw is an award-winning water purifier developed by the company Vestergaard-Frandsen. Each straw currently costs $5.50, and can provide 700 liters of clean water.
Why do we need LifeStraws?
Around the world, there are one billion people who do not have access to safe drinking water. According to the United Nations Population Fund, women and children walk an average of 6 kilometers a day to obtain fresh water. However, these water sources are heavily contaminated because of the lack of sanitation. Every year, waterborne illnesses claim over 1.8 million lives. The LifeStraw was developed to help reach the target of the 7th UN Millennium Goal: to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015.
Who is organizing the LifeStraw Challenge?
The Challenge is organized by the nonprofit Roots and Shoots group “Green Dream” in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Community without Walls. Green Dream is led by Gabrielino High School teacher Michael Winters, and Community Without Walls is headed by Greg Apodaca.
If I want to help out by recycling, what should I do?
First, follow the appropriate link under the PARTICIPATE option on the home page. We will follow up with you, and help in whatever way we can. If you are within Los Angeles County, we can try to arrange for someone to pick up your recyclables if needed.
Where do I send my donation?
Please send all checks directly to:
1041 Euclid Ave
San Gabriel, Ca, 91776
All checks should be made payable to Water Solutions for Life.
How many cans and bottles does it take to fundraise one LifeStraw?
Because of economic conditions, a LifeStraw now costs $5.50, up from $4.75 a few months ago. 110 CRV containers (California Redemption Value) will buy one LifeStraw.
A million Lifestraws?! Are you crazy?
“In high school they have built this crazy idea that you can do whatever you want to do,” says Vivian Lam, a student involved with the Green Dream. “And we really believe that.” We hope that by aiming for the lofty goal of a million LifeStraws, we will save as many lives as we are capable of, rather than shooting for a lower goal and achieving less.