February 2, 2012 — The University of Virginia\'s Third-Year Student Council and the School of Engineering and Applied Science\'s Graduate Student Council will host the inaugural celebration of PureMadi, a nonprofit organization seeking to "change the world by improving the water and health of the world\'s poorest communities," on Feb. 10.
The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Jefferson Ballroom of Alumni Hall. Tickets are $40, and include dinner and dancing to 180 and Beleza Brasil. A silent auction will also support the organization\'s mission. For information, contact James Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-996-3615.
PureMadi, an interdisciplinary collaboration of U.Va. students and faculty, is led by Smith, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Rebecca Dillingham, professor of medicine. The organization has earned financial support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
The primary focus of PureMadi ("madi" is the Tshivenda South African word for water) is the development and distribution of ceramic water filters for household use to help combat gastrointestinal infections and to develop solutions to global water quality problems. Because filters can be manufactured with local materials and labor, funds are returned to local communities, thus promoting a sustainable business enterprise.
PureMadi\'s factory in the Limpopo province of South Africa will serve as a model for factories throughout the region and the developing world. The organization\'s goal is to produce 100,000 filters per year, and thus improve the water quality for half a million people each year.
Information is available at PureMadi.org