Many people and many ideas were introduced at the wonderful 2015 WAF Awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. But the main focus of the whole event was to continue the momentum of positive change in solving the major environmental issues around the world. The three finalists in the ceremony finished with an equal win, a three-way tie, for their efforts in changing the lives of people in the world who were battling issues of contaminated drinking water, having no sanitary facilities, and changing parched lands into rich vegetation-filled waterways and pools. ENPHO from Nepal developed low-cost bio-sand water filters that would last from 15-20 years that they delivered to rural areas. SOIL created low-cost composting toilets, safely providing an effective way to turn human waste into usable compost. Turenscape created beautiful wetland parks from areas that were previously considered barren, soil-contaminated areas.
What I’ve learned in the short time I have been associated with the people here at WAFA is that they have a clear vision for a bright future. They bring with them care, compassion, altruism, and heart. Everyone here has a big, big heart. They share a need to see change in the world, to learn about people who can make that change, and to celebrate them.
Everyone involved in WAFA is a volunteer—there are no paid positions. It’s a small international group of people brought together by a common ideal. An enormous amount of time and effort and money has been spent by all in brainstorming, organizing, building a stunning Web site, collaborating with many people from around the world to set up the awards show, the entertainment, the presentations, all for the cause of the common good, and to make better lives for those people who are struggling day-to-day for the simple things in life that we take for granted: healthy food, breathable air, and clean water.
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