Personal Water-Carrying Device

Among disadvantaged people and communities in many places around the world, there clearly are real needs for personal water carrying devices, some temporary such as emergency or disaster relief or response, some continuing or ongoing.

John German, the Director of Non-Profit Computing and Chair of the International Service Division of The Rotary Club of New York is looking, on behalf of Rotary International and other institutional partners, at a personal water carrying device that currently has over 20,000 units in the field. It would replace the informal personal water carrying devices that are typically used, presenting advantages, including implications for health and productivity. For a first look at the personal water carrying device that he is currently looking at, see video at: http://vimeo.com/43442571 and the beginnings of a website at: http://www.backthepack.com/

He would like to know, if any organizations have any particular views about personal water carrying devices, what they are -- essential questions that come to mind with regard to the above water carrying device.

He further notes: “If I can get some test units of the above personal water carrying device delivered to people or communities you know and trust around the world who are among those who actually have to carry water themselves or have animals carry it, would those people or communities try out the above personal water carrying device and see how they like it, what they like or dislike about it, whether they'd use it instead of however they're now carrying water -- assuming that it's free of cost to them, as I have no interest in helping vendors sell to people in need -- and whether they see any maintenance or repair or other sustainability issues with it that would have to be solved in order for them to use it

He notes that “If any organizations you know would like to propose test sites, let me know; next steps with regard to test sites might include such things as:

•Identifying the specific locations, and any organizations that would be involved

•Estimating the number of test units needed for each location

•Estimating the potential total number of units that would be needed in each location if everyone who carries water in that location were to want one of these units

John L. German (a pro bono volunteer)

Director, Non-Profit Computing, Inc. (a nonprofit organization) -- since 1984, an all-volunteer organization best known for arranging donations of computers and other items, procurement, and logistics worldwide

Main Representative to the United Nations, and Member of the Board of Trustees, People to People International (founded by President Eisenhower) -- includes Committee on Disability

Chair, International Service Division, The Rotary Club of New York

Non-governmental organization representative, Technical Subgroup of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Informatics (informally, the Working Group on Informatics), Economic and Social Council, United Nations

Senior Advisor, United Nations Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development

Senior Fellow, Public-Private Alliance Foundation

Member, High-Level Panel of Advisers, United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development

german63@hotmail.com 212-759-2368

Non-Profit Computing is a member of the United Nations Global Compact