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What Happens When a Spaniard Experiments in Bringing Clean Water to Ghana (Ep.8)

For the past 10 years, Pedro Delgado has been using plants, no chemicals, no energy, to save tens of thousands of lives while turning a handsome profit. His company has installed 100 wastewater treatment systems in five countries including Mali, where they’ve provided drinking water to more than 8,000 people, reducing infant mortality by 75 percent and completely eliminating cholera. During the voyage, Pedro utilizes the aid of the ship’s energetic student community from Semester at Sea to create a new company, Agua, with the intention of expanding his revolutionary biotechnology to new markets around the world.

After months of working with students, Pedro decides to let them experience what it was like in the field. Through hands on learning and empathizing with the needs of the Ghanaian locals, the students realize that Agua is not just about purifying water with plants; its about sharing knowledge, and collaborating with communities.

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  • katie yanke

    What an amazing experience to have for those students. It
    seems like a great opportunity to see a different culture and to experience how
    good we have it in America, especially when it comes to our water. All we have to
    do is turn on a faucet and water is available but for some of those villages
    water its miles away and it is not even clean. It is great that a cheap and
    natural way of filtering water can be used in countries like this. I hope this continues!
    Thanks for the video!

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Thank you for sharing this unfortunately, I am not able to understand a full story of video you posted. Can you please kindly consider add the caption in English.

    What’s awesome idea of your markets around the world. My family plans to stay Ghana for five-weeks, is possible for us experience hands on learning and collaborating with communities? To teach my children how it’s important to be part of the community not only that but teach them take something for granted.

  • Taylor Schulz

    This is such an inspiring story. It is so great to hear about stories like these that take the most simple concept and turn them into something great and so helpful. This project is such an amazing experience for students and really shows the good in the world. Thanks for sharing this story!

  • http://hotspotgymnastics.com Stephanie Cross

    How amazing! It is so inspiring to know that there are people like them who are making such a positive change around the world. I believe every individual would benefit from participating in projects like the ones shared in this video. Pedro Delgado’s method of using plants to save thousands of lives has been extremely successful, and I wonder if other companies that are invested in the same goals as Delgado have adopted his ways.

  • dcanonic

    Great to hear about stories like this. Literally bringing life to an area. Water is the difference between life and death, especially in the struggling regions around the world. More people need to follow Pedro’s example and make the world we all live in a better place for all.

  • Kyle moore

    Water is essential to everyday life whether it is for us to consume, for trees so we can breathe or for animals to drink so they can survive so we have food to eat. In some regions across the world, there is limited drinking water which leads to dehydration and death because the water isn’t well enough to consume. Pedro’s example is how us as citizens need to rationalize ideas and put them to work in our everyday lives to help impact others as well as ourselves.

  • Hillary12

    This is amazing! To do such good in so many ways! Having clean water should be a right for everyone and it’s so great to see that people are providing clean water in such awesome ways. I hope one day I have a career that will be as inspiring and helpful as Pedro’s.

  • ReneeBinder

    Since water is such an essential and scarce resource I think this is awesome. I think that there needs to be something done about the issue of having clean water. It is awesome that he is doing something to help.