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Post Hurricane Matthew Update

Thanks to the success of our pre-sale period and support from our early customers, aqUV is planning a trip to Haiti in early 2017 to donate purifiers to our partner organizations (keep checking our Facebook and Instagram pages for trip updates). In the meantime as we prepare for our trip, we wanted to update our supporters on the current status following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew.

October 16th from Free the Kids:

On Friday, Pwoje Espwa distributed over 2,000 meals to local families who have been left homeless by Hurricane Matthew. Many also lost all of their belongings along with their farm animals and gardens, which were their only source of income and food.

Espwa staff has set up food distribution sites around southwestern Haiti, where the Category 4 made landfall on Oct. 4th, to provide food to families in need. Your generosity is helping us provide food to these hungry children and families.

During these times of desperation, reports of violence are on the rise. This requires beefing up security for our supply transports, at our own village and for the food storage centers.

October 21st from Free the Kids: 

These aerial images from southwestern Haiti were provided by Cross Catholic Outreach. Free the Kids is partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach to provide much needed support in villages near Pwoje Espwa that were badly damaged during Hurricane Matthew. Pictured below is the boys’ housing complex at Pwoje Espwa. This neighborhood had 20 homes and housed 200+ boys. Our dome-style housing in the girls’ neighborhood endured the massive storm with no serious damage, so gradually replacing homes for the boys with the dome style makes more sense than just rebuilding the traditional style. We want to ensure the safety and security of our children and spend our money wisely on the more durable buildings. Each new dome will cost $20,000 to build and furnish. We will need at least 20 to house the boys already under our care.

November 2nd from Free the Kids:

Due to your generosity within only one month after Hurricane Matthew hit southwestern Haiti, temporary repairs were completed on all the damaged homes in the boys’ neighborhood. The boys were delighted to return to their homes on Monday.

The picture below shows our boys moving their belongings from the school. The boys were moved to the secure school building prior for safety. The repairs cannot endure another storm, but for now, our children are home again and school can reopen soon.

Our work in Haiti has only just begun. As Father Marc Boisvert reports, “Most families lost their homes, their belongings, their livestock and gardens. Seasonal rains since Matthew have left them with nothing to protect their children.” This includes nearly 300 of our own employees and transition kids’ families and over 500 in our nearby community. We need your continued support! Through your continued generosity we may help our families and our neighbors rebuild their lives as well.

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Do Our Work Hours Dictate Our Success?

How many hours a week do you dedicate to work? How many hours do you expect others to work? Do you feel pressure from others to work longer and take fewer vacation days? Does your success depend on your hours of work?

I recently encountered an article from the Washington Post appropriately titled Stop touting the crazy hours you work. It helps no one. It describes how our culture is obsessed with overwork and how success is commonly measured by the number of hours we put into a work day. Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer was quoted describing that a startup’s chances for success can be determined by whether the employees are working on weekends. She emphasizes that a 130 hour work week is possible if “you’re strategic about when you sleep, when you shower, and how often you go to the bathroom.” But is this the quality of life that our culture strives for?

Of course, success is only possible with hard word and dedication, but life-work balance is an essential component of the equation. There has been a shift in some high profile tech companies such as Facebook and Google that offer flexible work hours and extended family leave. However, many workers still feel the pressure from colleagues to put in excessive hours at work. In fact, the article outlines “that one researcher found some men pretend to work an 80-hour work week, even when the don’t.” This workaholic culture applies not only to long work days, but extends into vacation time and family leave as well. According to a USA Today article on vacation time around the world, “the United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday.” In comparison, every European Union country has at least 4 work weeks of paid time off. Only 3 countries in the world do not have a paid maternity leave law: Papua New Guinea, Oman and the U.S.A..

At aqUV, we strive for better work-life balance. We are advocates of getting outside…go for a hike, a weekend camping trip or visit a new country. Yes, we are a startup company and hard work is essential for our success, but we also dedicate our time to family, friends, charity projects, travel, outdoor adventures. As President Lincoln once said: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

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Thank You Early Supporters!

Happy Fall Ya’ll! In addition to cooler weather, hues of orange and yellow, and pumpkin spice everything, the new season has brought an innovative new product to the market. This past month we introduced the aqUV Pure, a stainless steel bottle that purifiers drinking water using UV disinfection.

The pre-order period started on August 31st and runs through the end of September, and oh boy, we’ve been busy! And as we begin to fulfill these pre-orders, it is impossible not to stop and think about our greater mission of proving clean drinking water across the globe. Thanks to the backing of our earliest supporters, we have started planning a trip to Haiti in January to donate the first purifiers funded by our sales (stay tuned for trip updates through our blog).

The aqUV team is greatly appreciative to all that have purchased purifiers, shared our posts, liked our pictures, followed our adventures and supported us in any way. From the bottom of our hearts…thank you!

As a token of our appreciation, we will post pictures of some of our supporters who have documented their travels with the aqUV Pure and aqUV Pure+. Just post your picture on social media with the hashtag #aquvaroundtheworld and we will make an effort to share it with all of our aqUV friends!


Krista S. in Ethiopia

Marissa in Peru

Tara M. in Kenya