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Oxfam bucket
Started by: PeterP (6837) Report abuse
Latest ploy from Oxfam donate to buy a bucket Instead of kids filling plastic containers with dirty drinking water. Buy a bucket with a lid and a plastic tapBy some miracle the dirty water is cleaned coming out of this bucket than a plastic containerWho is kidding whoDirty water is dirty water till it is put through some form of filter system. This ploy is akin to buying a can of air.

Posted by: ayrefield (4465) Report abuse
No mention of any filters, looks to be just an ordinary bucket with a lid along with a tap fitted to the base.

Oxfam's Bucket

Posted by: hugh wilson (51) Report abuse
The tap is fitted above the base, therefore any sediment in the water will settle on the bucket bottom and only clean water will come out of the tapo. Basic, effective and cheap. It works.

Posted by: PeterP (6837) Report abuse
Hugh dirty water is dirty water and is full of parasites and no matter were the tap is it is still dirty water

Posted by: Anne (3428)  Report abuse
I'm sure the gist of the advert meant that donations for the bucket were meant to provide means of supplying clean water thus enabling the bucket to carry the water. In the advert the buckets can be seen collecting clean water from a pump/well.

Posted by: daveŠ (3472) Report abuse
I can't be 100% sure of this but my father, who was in the far east back in the 1940s said that some pill/tablet dropped in some dirty water would make it drinkable after a few minutes, possibly quinine?

Posted by: priscus (7112) Report abuse
You can get water sterilisation tablets.

Makes it safer to drink, wrt infection risk, though it does not clean dirty water, nor deal with toxins.

Posted by: Platty (128) Report abuse
Dave, you're right. I lived in Ghana for 10 years in the '70s/'80s and we always took Salt Tablets with us when we went travelling. Put them in puddles when we needed them.

The thing about Oxfam is that these countries are rich - look at Zambia, used to be 'the bread basket of Africa.' Africa could be more wealthy than the west, but you can throw as much money as you like at it, the money ends up with the bureaucrats, (most at a low education level), and the poor get poorer. Oxfam will not address this and, indeed, have their own rich bureaucrats.

How similar is that here today?

Posted by: PeterP (6837) Report abuse
Platty during the 60's various people came into our schools with the begging bowls for overseas. 50 years later and they are still going round with the same begging bowl Where have the billions gone because the kids are still dying by their thousands every day or walking for miles to collect dirty waterThe rich have got richer and the poor have been forgotten about

Posted by: Anne (3428)  Report abuse
That is the reason I no longer give to overseas charities. As PeterP says this type of charity has been going on for decades, even my mother when a child collected at Sunday school. Then there is taxpayers via government grants. Some of these grants I can understand going to undeveloped countries during the Cold War era. These days and for a long time now I have dispensed my own form of charity as I see fit.


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