Safe Agua Wins Big at the 2011 Spark International Design Awards

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February 15, 2012

The 2011 Spark Awards had a total of 445 top notch entries.  Six out of six Safe Agua projects were finalists. The Safe Agua team walked away with the highest honor, the Spark! Award for GiraDora, as well as a Gold Award for Balde a Balde and a Bronze Award for VitAmigos.

GiraDora (design team, Alex Cabunoc & Ji A You) is a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand.

Balde a Balde (designer, Kimberly Chow) Spanish for “Bucket to bucket”  is a portable faucet that provides running water from any bucket.

VitAmigos (design team, Thomas Kong & Cora Neil)  is a new fun, playful, and interactive experience for moms and kids that brings together water purification & nutrition in a tasty beverage.

In addition to the awards, the winner’s work will be showcased in Spark’s unique design exhibition at San Francisco’s Autodesk Design Gallery and at the Guangzhou Design Week in early December.

Spark is a community of designers and creative people, bound together by the idea that design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better. They promote these ideals through the annual organization of international design competitions, exhibitions, blogs and workshops.

SAFE AGUA Peru is a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design,  the Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi Pais and its Innovation Center.  Safe Agua aims to co-create innovative design solutions to overcome water poverty with families living in Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum [asentamientos] perched on the hillsides surrounding Lima, Peru.

To learn more about Safe Agua Peru click here.

Click here to read the Spark Awards press release.