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March 2014 – Donations

As a charity, we are very dependant on donations from our private and corporate supporters. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of our projects by providing financial support in 2013. Many donations are made at year end and receipts for those went out at the end of February 2014. Those who have taken advantage of the CanadaHelps option for donations will have received their receipts directly online at the time of donation. We thank you in advance for your help in 2014. To all those who write to FogQuest for help with your projects, we encourage you to make a donation, no matter how small, to help us provide clean water to those in need.

Tanzanian girls fetching fog water
Tanzanian girls fetching fog water

February 2014 – Credit Card Service

We are a small not-for-profit organization operating on an all-volunteer basis. As such, we need to be ever mindful of both the financial and human costs in carrying out our projects. We keep our overhead very low by means such as paying no salaries and paying no rent for office space. In the past we have maintained an office capacity to process VISA, MasterCard and AMEX credit card payments. This has significant costs to both maintain the terminal and to pay a percentage of each transaction to the company providing the service. The demand for such capacity has gone down in recent years now that our website accepts PayPal payments plus credit cards for most items we sell and for some services. We are therefore going to stop our office credit card service shortly unless we hear from our members and visitors that there is a substantive reason to retain it.

January 2014 – Project in Tanzania

Newly Constructed LFCs in Tanzania
Newly Constructed LFCs in Tanzania

The fog collection projects in the central interior of Tanzania are progressing well under the direction of the German NGO ped-world, with whom FogQuest is cooperating. Presently there are fog collectors providing water for secondary and primary schools in Quameyu, Umagi, Endabok, Endoji and Gidng’ata. There are 4 to 6 large fog collectors (LFCs) in each location. FogQuest has just sent 10 rolls of the mesh we use in fog collectors, from Chile to Tanzania. This is enough for up to 50 LFCs. It is expected that 10 new LFCs will be built in 2014. The four photos here are courtesy of ped-world and show some of the collectors and water tanks at the schools.

 

 

December 2012 – Thanks for your support!

During this season of giving, FogQuest is very appreciative of donations we receive to help with our water projects. Our sincere thanks to all the individuals involved. We would like to especially acknowledge the following groups who have donated recently:

  • Rotary Club of Kamloops Aurora Centennial,
    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada $5000
  • St. Francis Catholic High School students,
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada $5000
  • Barriere Secondary School students,
    Barriere, British Columbia, Canada $550
  • Huron Park Italo Canadian Seniors Club
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada $1000
  • Rotary Club of Kamloops Hybrid Interact,
    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada $1000

Each and every donation helps provide clean water to those in need. No donation is too small. Get your company, service club, family and friends on board and be a part of FogQuest’s work today.

 

Become a  FogQuest member for 2013 or make a donation today and help us change the world.

Colombia – October 2012

Evaluation Project Update

Together with our NGO partner in Colombia, Fundación Occidente Colombiano (FUNCO), FogQuest continues to develop an operational project at site KM 18.

Positive water collection rates from non-standard SFCs are coupled with much enthusiasm. The students at the local school Francisco Jose Lloreda Mera (Francisco Miranda campus) focused on their experiences with fog collection as their final term projects. These student presentations have served to heighten local and regional knowledge about fog collection technology. Local NGOs, university and government stakeholders are hearing from the youth all about the untapped possibilities in their backyards. Catch a glimpse of this emerging project through the short video produced by FUNCO. ¡Disfrútalo! Enjoy!

Evaluation Project Update – Mount Kilimanjaro – October 2012

As reported in August 2011, there are now Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) installed on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This was a joint effort led by our partner ped-world in Germany. FogQuest staff have not been to the field location. There is a tremendous need for fresh water for guides, rescue personnel and visitors on the upper part of the mountain. Up to now the water has to be carried 8 km to these high elevation huts. FogQuest is helping to determine whether the frequent fog found there can be a viable source of fresh water.

SFC at 4750 m

The altitude at Barafu is 4600 m and at Kibo-Hut 4750 m. Both are on Kibo-Saddle, the last camp before you reach the peak (5895m). Some data were collected after the initial installation to show that the SFC at Barafu was not properly located. The SFC at Kibo was reported by Bernhard Kueppers of ped-world to have produced large amounts of water for several months but there were problems with how the mesh was installed. The ped-world staff can only reach the sites perhaps once a year and are re-establishing the sites with plans to obtain better data sets.

New Project – Tanzania – Fall 2012

Over the last year construction of Large Fog Collectors has proceeded in central Tanzania near Mbulu. The FogQuest fog collection technology is being used by a German NGO, ped-world, to assist villages and schools with water supplies. To date eight large fog collectors (LFCs) have been built at three sites.

LFCs in Tanzania

We don’t have specific water production figures but the results are encouraging and both the number of LFCs and the number of sites will be increased with time. This is an example of the expanding application of our technology. Staff of ped-world spent time at the field site in Morocco learning FogQuest construction techniques, gaining access to the FogQuest manual and other documents, and were sent mesh to use in the LFCs. In addition we have had numerous discussions regarding the construction of fog collectors and operation of field projects; however, the actual field work in Tanzania is funded by ped-world as part of their wider efforts in the country and is under the direction of ped-world.

Latest News – October 2012

New Evaluation Project in Peru

 Professor Ben Spencer from the University of Washington (Architecture/Landscape Architecture) and Professor Susan Bolton (Environmental and Forest Sciences) have been working in the community of Lomas de Zapallal, Lima, Peru for the past few years. As part of the US EPA’s People Planet and Prosperity (P3) student competition they have now, with the assistance of FogQuest, started a fog collection evaluation project at Lomas de Zapallal. Five modified Standard Fog Collectors were installed in September 2012.

Evaluating fog potential in Lomas de Zapallal, Lima

This location is quite close to the Cerro Orara project site where Robert Schemenauer, Pilar Cereceda and Marcella Suit worked in the 1990s. The project is a learning experience for students from the University of Washington and potentially a new water source for the community in Peru.

FogQuest part of Eco Future Exhibit

Museum exhibit will run until Sept. 2013

Aimed at families, Eco Future is a new museum exhibit that opened at the end of September 2012 in Abu Dhabi at Manarat Al Saadiyat (a major cultural venue in Abu Dhabi). Visitors will move through different zones based around lifestyle elements (Eating, Drinking, Enjoying, Moving) where they can, through playing games and interactive tools, design their city of the future. Each zone will also display innovative new products and technologies that can help us live more sustainably.

FogQuest has provided mesh for the construction and display of two small Standard Fog Collectors, as well as a photo of fog collectors in Nepal, for the Drinking Zone of the exhibit. We at FogQuest work to promote fog collection as an important and sustainable water production technology integral to a greener future, especially in arid regions such as the Middle East.