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Here our interview with Vickie Butcher, Water for Children Africa:

Water for Children Africa launches pilot program in Africa that could be applied here, too

October 6, 2014 (San Diego) – What if we could create pure alkaline water from the air?  This futuristic technology will be explored as pilot projects for rural villages in Africa next summer, says Vickie Butcher, executive director of Water for Children Africa.

The technology will be featured at the nonprofit organization’s 18th annual Africa Trade and Business Conference on October 18 at San Diego City College. Nathan McCottern from Oahu, Hawaii will discuss the technology for creating pure water from air.  The company now has a growing market in areas with declining infrastructures and areas experience droughts, such as we are now facing in California.

Nearly 900 people in the world have no access to clean wate

r and 2.5 billion have no safe way to dispose of human waste. Dirty water, lack of a toilet and proper hygiene kill 3.3 million people around the world each year—most of them children under age five.

Water for Children Africa has made trips to Africa for many years to drill wells, provide water catchment tanks, hand washing basins, sanitary latrines, school and hospice supplies.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Eric Kashambuzi, author of 10 books, who will focus on 2015 development goals for Africa from the United Nations Foundation, New York.  In addition, Jolly Okot Andruville, from Uganda will speak on child soldiers and efforts to support abused women in Kampala. Business trade missions to the continent, agriculture as well as the Ebola Virus are also on the agenda. 

Water for Children Africa, Inc. (WCA) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing safe, sustainable water to rural villages in Africa, providing travel and leadership opportunities for local youth, and building entrepreneurial bridges between Africa and the U.S.  This conference is held on various college campuses annually such as SDSU, Point Loma Nazarene University and Mesa Community College to focus on issues and solutions impacting rural development in countries on the continent of Africa.

Students from Helix High School were on the team this year that went to Machakos, Kenya to provide water tanks and build clean latrines for rural primary schools with donations, among others, from the Memphis, TN chapter of Links, Inc. and St Francis School from Louisville, KY.  WCA was incorporated in 1993. Past annual teams have partnered with other organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, Tema Sister Cities, private and public schools, churches and other service groups such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Altrusa International of Chula Vista.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Diego City Community College, 1551 C Street, San Diego in the Math and Science Building (MS Building), Room 162, at the corner of 16th and C Streets.

The fee for registration is a donation of $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth.  You can register at

For more information, contact Vickie Butcher, JD, at or call (619) 266-0366.



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