Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Geo-Life

  • North Wales, PA
  • www.geo-life.org

Mission Statement

We're a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. We use our civil engineering and planning experience to design systems that provide safe drinking water and protect waterways.

100% of all public donations directly fund our water projects.

Main Programs

  1. Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water Bio-Sand Filter Design
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Presently our work is in developing countries of Southeast Asia, India, Africa and United Sates

ruling year

2011

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Patrick Cox

Keywords

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Clean water, Drinking water, safe water, waterway restoration lakes streams rivers creeks walkable communities

Also Known As

Geo-Life, Inc.

EIN

27-3929811

 Number

2765839669

Physical Address

Geo-Life, Inc. 1301 Morris Court

North Wales, PA 19454

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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HEALTH AND SANITATION Without clean safe drinking water and good basic sanitation, diseases kill 2.2 million people every year and the majority is children, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, and other illnesses. 27,000 children under the age of five die every week.WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE Women and their children are the ones who travel for miles every day to collect drinking water for their families. This task takes hours to complete which could be time they spend learning in schools or starting small businesses to help support their families. And the water they carry for miles is not clean and this is why so many children die every year. About 800 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water Bio-Sand Filter Design

We designed an arsenic removal bio-sand filter for Cambodia & India. PDF files of the plan and specs are free to download at
http://www.geo-life.org/cambodia-arsenic-project.html. This system is easy to build and uses local and inexpensive materials.
Arsenic poisoning also known as arsenicosis occurs when a person's body contains greater than normal levels of arsenic, a semi-metallic element. The naturally occurring presence of arsenic in groundwater is a major problem in parts of Cambodia and India that affects millions of rural people. These countries have rivers that flow from major mountain ranges that carry large volumes of sediment and arsenic is carried in these sediments, which are deposited in riverbanks and floodplains. The arsenic is released from the sediments and dissolves into groundwater aquifers. These contaminated waters are pumped to the surface by wells and consumed by the local population which causes arsenicosis.

The most common signs of arsenicosis is the hardening and discoloration of skin on the hands and feet, known as keratosis or melanosis. These skin lesions are prone to infection and gangrene and in extreme cases amputation is necessary to relieve suffering. Beyond these external manifestations, arsenic consumption also increases the risk of developing various internal cancers, most commonly lung and skin cancer. In most situations, arsenic cannot be removed by water treatment techniques typical of developing countries, such as boiling or filtering. Many developing countries, including Cambodia, have set their standard at 50 ppb.

Category

People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$291,330.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    OUR MISSION
    We're a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity made up of civil engineers and planners. We design clean drinking water systems that prevent waterborne diseases in developing countries around the world.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Providing clean drinking water is what we have been trained for as civil engineers and planners. We have decades of experience in cleaning contaminated drinking water and stopping pollution from flowing to our water sources here in the United States. Now we are putting this expertise to work in developing countries where it is needed the most.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We work with partners in developing countries, to design and construct drinking water systems. With our civil engineering / land use planning background we approach the problem with state of the art designs and with realistic construction methods that can be easily implemented in the host country:

    Step 1: For immediate problems we provide filtering systems that are purposely designed and constructed to be simple. They are made from local materials so local people, who need filtering systems the most, can reproduce these filters on their own.

    Step 2: We install fresh water wells with hand pumps for entire communities, so no one has to go without clean water.

    Step 3: We investigate the causes of waterway pollution, which could be from industrial sources or local farms and ranches. Once we locate where the pollution is coming from, we design low cost water treatment systems that are simple to build and effective. When toxic pollution flowing to local waterways is stopped, entire communities will benefit with clean rivers, lakes and streams. The health of everyone connected to these waterways improves.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our goal is to bring clean, safe drinking water to low income areas. The job is big and we need your help! People in developing countries need strong advocates who are willing to work hard to help spread awareness of the water crisis. Learn how you can be the voice of people who live on less than a dollar a day. Be a Clean Water Advocate
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    OUR IMPACT SO FAR
    28,490 People served with clean water projects
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Presently our work is in developing countries of Southeast Asia, India, Africa and United Sates

Funding Needs

We have a need for $238,000 for this year to complete our projects

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Geo-Life

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Principal Officer

Patrick Cox

BIO

Geo-Life was founded by

Patrick Cox, AICP

For more than 30 years Patrick has been a Senior Planner / Project Manager for Sustainable Land Development Projects, consisting of Municipal and County Redevelopment and Revitalization, and in the private realm the Planning / Civil Engineering Designs of Residential and Commercial Projects including designs of Stormwater Management Systems, Wetland Protection Facilities, and Walkable Neighborhoods. He has specialized in Land Development Designs that protect the Natural Environment and Conserves Energy.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Patrick Cox is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), passed the certification examination, also a member of the American Planning Association. Undergraduate classes in land use planning, design / drafting and civil engineering technology"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patrick Cox

Geo-Life, Inc.

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2014

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