Sunny For­syth

Clean water activist

Sunny For­syth

Clean water activist

Sunny For­syth tells us his story – a change from being a well-paid engin­eer in Aus­tralia to being an unpaid, “long haired trouble­maker” who has moved to Laos and helps com­munit­ies build them­selves the tools to cre­ate drink­able water. It’s a story of real­isa­tion, action, empower­ment and doing some­thing that counts that’s big­ger than you.

I am inspired by ordin­ary people doing extraordin­ary things.

Abund­ant Water was estab­lished in 2008 to train Lao vil­lage pot­ters to make, from noth­ing more than clay and cof­fee grounds, their own drink­ing water fil­ters.

The pro­ject was born after Sunny For­syth was amazed by the poten­tial that such a sim­ple fil­ter had to help the bil­lion people who do not have access to clean drink­ing water and the real­isa­tion that this innov­a­tion was cur­rently not being shared with those who need it.

The pro­ject was estab­lished as a grass­roots com­munity and has become a study in what is pos­sible when a global com­munity of pas­sion­ate volun­teers rally around an issue. He believes we can all make a dif­fer­ence regard­less of our cir­cum­stances.