Gemma Bulos 2007 Global Fellow
Develop safe, effective water systems in villages across the Philippines through the combination of low-cost water purification technology and local community ownership.
Gemma Bulos, a Filipina-American musician, teacher and multi-award winning social entrepreneur deeply believes in a connection between peace and safe water access. Currently she is the Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative, a training program teaching women in Sub-Saharan Africa to be water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technicians, educators and social entrepreneurs. Much of her work in this area was spurred by her reaction to the tragedy of September 11th. While introducing new alternative water treatment technologies and studying water stewardship in the Philippines, she met Kevin Lee, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Based on the concept that it takes a single drop of water to start a wave, they joined together in order to realize the power of community participation in building healthy communities. To date GWWI and ASDSW communities have been able to provide their own clean water and/or sanitation solutions, affecting the lives of over 210,000 people.