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Access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human right -- one that many of us take for granted. Yet even before the devastation of Cyclone Sidr, tens of thousands of Bangladeshis were suffering from chronic arsenic poisoning due to contaminated groundwater. Millions of "tube wells" sunk in the past few decades yield water poisoned with levels of arsenic that cause degenerative health problems and, eventually, liver failure leading to death. Between 77 and 95 million people are affected, including approximately 35 million children, in 61 out of 64 districts.

The SONO Filter is one answer to the public health crisis of arsenic-contaminated groundwater. Delivering clean water at the point of use -- households, villages, and schools -- is a practical solution in Bangladesh, rather than constructing massive water purification plants without the infrastructure to move the purified water out where it is needed.

Developed and manufactured in Bangladesh, the SONO Filter removes arsenic using a composite iron matrix (CIM) -- cast iron filings, charcoal, and sand -- and does not present a toxic waste disposal hazard. One SONO Filter can produce 30 clean liters of water an hour for drinking and cooking, and lasts at least 5 years.

This Gift That Gives More™ provides a SONO Filter for a Bangladeshi school or family, giving them the gift of clean cooking and drinking water for years to come.

MSUK (Manob Sakti Unnayan Kendro) is a Bangladeshi nonprofit charitable organization established in 1999 to combat the devastating effects of widespread arsenic contamination. MSUK works to protect and promote basic human rights -- including the right to clean, safe drinking water -- and uses technology to transform deprivation and poverty into development and possibility.

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