The Beginning

The vision for Filter Of Hope was actually conceived years ago when Bart Smelley and his friend Scott Steelman surveyed families living in abject poverty in third world countries to determine their greatest needs. The goal was to determine ways to transform their communities and break the cycle of poverty they lived in.  It was quickly realized that there could be no hope for the future when families lacked access to life’s most basic need — safe clean drinking water. He witnessed first hand the heartbreaking effects of the sickness and disease caused from families forced to drink and use contaminated water. The sight of this wrecked Bart and the team and set them in search of facts and answers.

He became obsessed with finding economical solutions to provide families with the clean water they so desperately needed to stay alive, be healthy, and have any hope for a future. They were shocked to realize the magnitude of this global crisis that claims millions of lives each year with 90% of the deaths being children under the age of 5! This was unacceptable! There had to be a solution!! Bart tried and researched almost every type of filtration method available. The team met with many water and well drilling organizations that work among the abject poor in search of the best solutions. They found that point of use water filtration was critical to family health in developing countries regardless of their access to various water sources. They even helped build a ceramic filter factory and distributed thousands of filters in an effort to stop the cholera outbreak in Haiti and the Dominican Republic after the devastating earthquake of 2010.
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The Breakthrough

After being disappointed in the different types of filtration methods available, a breakthrough occurred when they discovered a unique filtration technology using hollow fiber filter membranes. This technology has been used in kidney dialysis and wastewater treatment for years and can also be used to make an inexpensive gravity fed point-of-use water filter that will remove the harmful bacteria and protozoa from water. Now there are thousands of Filter of Hope water filters in use around the world, saving lives, creating healthy families and giving them a hope for the future.
 

The Strategy

Recognizing the critical need for clean safe drinking water around the world and the lives this new filter could save and impact, the plan became obvious: to produce an affordable and effective point-of-use water filter to provide families in desperate need with all the safe clean water needed.  It was a challenging endeavor but after 18 months of diligent effort, this incredible state of the art, yet affordable filter was being manufactured. Now, our goal is simply to save lives and provide hope to hundreds of millions of families worldwide. Filter of Hope is very passionate about raising awareness and helping solve the Global Water Crisis. FILTER OF HOPE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, NOT A COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE, WITH THE GOAL OF CHANGING THE WORLD.  Filter of Hope depends on global distribution organizations and funding partners that include foundations, corporations, philanthropic families, schools, churches, humanitarian groups and young people all across the world. Filter of Hope leads many short-term trips each year for groups and individuals who want to be “hands on” and participate in the actual distribution of the filters. For information regarding distribution trips, contact us at info@filterofhope.org.
 

The Goal

Our goal is simple. To change the world through the distribution of these highly effective and affordable water filters. Working together with our supporters, donors and distribution partners around the world, we can dramatically decrease the number of deaths associated with water-related illnesses by hundreds of thousands a year in the short term. Through the work of Filter of Hope and other credible water organizations around the world, we believe the global water crisis can be eradicated completely some day. This is a cause worthy of our time and resources.