June 16, 2010
Blacksmith Institute (BI) has a specific mission to address the world's worst polluted places. Legacy and on-going pollution, particularly in the developing world, result in death, reduced life expectancy, and an inability to work and provide support for families. As a 30-year environmental consultant, this was an area that I had always wanted to be involved with. I just did not know how. I responded to a notice in a professional society newsletter and went to NYC to meet the founder of BI, Richard Fuller. I was full of excitement after spending time with this charismatic visionary. I have helped BI ever since by being a member of the Technical Advisory Board. I have been blessed to travel to Mexico to work with the government and an NGO to remediate lead-contaminated workshops and encourage the switch to the use of lead-free glazes in the ceramics. I have also been to Senegal to assess and remediate lead-contaminated soil in a community where at least 18 infants died from lead poisoning. The source of the contamination was the improper "recycling" of used lead-acid batteries, an epidemic throughout the developing world. When I consider what I have been directly involved with in the past year, I can hardly believe it. This is one of few great NGOs that actually spend donor money on direct community-based results that save lives and provide alternatives to adverse environmental practices. I volunteer my time, donate money and provide technical expertise and support.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Mexico and Senegal. I am also aware of the remaining BI projects and success stories throughout the world.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & Assessment and remediation of lead contamination in Mexico and Senegal that had resulted in multiple deaths and adverse health impacts to children and adults. Review from Guidestar