Life-Saving Artists Gain National Exposure

Manny Hernandez


Lisa Ballantine


You may recall the previous posts about retired NIU School of Art professor Manny Hernandez and his inexpensive yet extremely reliable water filters, and how he's traveled the world helping villages fabricate the filters in order for them to have potable water.

One of Manny's former students, Lisa Ballantine, began a non-profit organization dedicated to producing these filters, and even moved her operation to the Dominican Republic. With the early 2010 earthquake and devastation in Haiti, the DR operation is running at full capacity and she's built a second factory, this one in Haiti.

The amazing work of Lisa and her group were the recent feature in a Chicago Tribune article, and the article was also picked up by The L.A. Times.

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