SODIS Foundation

To develop and promote solutions for improving drinking water quality and health. For achieving this, we cooperate with the private, public and development sector in order to benefit people in Latin America.
May 12, 2015

In Bolivia, one must have patience...

Tiquipaya schools students
Tiquipaya schools students

In Bolivia, one must have patience...

Tiquipaya is an eminently ecological village and for more than three years has been implemented a productive partner project called "productive unit with committed families”.

In the vision of this productive unit, the school wants to implement its soap factory with a small chemistry laboratory, in order to develop their own production protocol, based on laboratory experiments.

To this purpose, the school needs about 200 USD to have its own laboratory. You may think it's not a lot of money, but for a school in a rural area, it is.

Why a laboratory?:

-          To increase the quality of the soap

-          In order to have natural fragrances

-          To be able to produce more

-          To no longer pay analysis to other laboratorios

As written in the last report it was expected that the Municipality of Tiquipaya would be responsible in providing the other schools in the Municipality. This idea follows as the goal of the schools, but everything takes time and one must have patience... Recently we came out of an election season that means it’s necessary to come back to the leaders and that takes time and one must have patience...

We are also looking at the possibility of doing some workshops on the development of shampoo and / or artisanal creams. Always in the focus of: hand washing and personal hygiene.

We are happy because the school has since May a volunteer (supported by the SODIS Foundation), working on the sustainability of the project and the corners of hand washing.

We thank you in advance for your support. And feel free to reach us if you have some questions and comments!

With warm greetings from the whole project team,

The "bicimaquina"
The "bicimaquina"
soap drying process
soap drying process
different shape of soap
different shape of soap
Feb 24, 2015

2014 Goals

Students in the event "World Washing Hands Day"
Students in the event "World Washing Hands Day"

Dear supporter,


In this update, we want to tell you some goals about the project in Independencia-Bolivia.

Thanks to the help of the SODIS Foundation through many activities in schools and in the Municipality, such as workshops (with the teachers, students and the population), events (Global Hand Washing Day), the government of Independencia decided to increase the number of educational units involved in the municipality to 33 in 20 communities.

  • 87% of the students consume safe drinking water

  • 75% of the students wash their hands with soap at least in 2-key-moments (before eating and after going to the toilet)

  • 69% of the students use the toilet properly

  • 55% of the population between 13 and 49 years old consume safe drinking water.

  • 80% of the population between 13 and 49 years old wash their hands in 2-key-moments

The municipality of Independencia was able to reach those numbers thanks to the involvement of:

  • Teachers who promote educational activities on the topic of “Safe Water”, “Washing Hand in Key-Moments” and “the Properly Use of Toilets”

  • Community leaders: people identified by the community, trained to inform and empower people in their community and track the consumption practices of safe water and sanitation in homes.

  • Local Radio stations: The 2 mass communication entities involved in promoting educational messages about hygiene, safe water and sanitation through this medium.

We are very enthusiastic and positive about this project and we are sure that with the help of those people, it is possible to increase even more those numbers!

We thank you in advance for your support. Moreover, feel free to reach us if you have some questions and comments!

With warm greetings from the whole project team, 

Promoving safe drinking water
Promoving safe drinking water
Pride to drink SODIS water !
Pride to drink SODIS water !
Feb 11, 2015

Soap and more soap

Bicimaquina - the bike machine
Bicimaquina - the bike machine

Dear supporter,

Last year have been training teachers and some older students in the production of an ecological soap, helping decrease disease by washing hands in key moments.

“Washing hands with soap and water has been and remains one of the most effective cost interventions against disease transmission in public health. The promotion of proper hand washing with soap and water, can save many lives.

Each year, about 3.5 million children, die without celebrate its fifth birthday from preventable diseases, mainly diarrhea and acute respiratory diseases. Adopting the habit of washing hands with soap and water before eating and after using the toilet, can avoid almost half the number of deaths due to diarrhea, and nearly a quarter of deaths from acute respiratory diseases.”

With the help of two volunteers from USA (Aaron and Hannah), we were able to build a “bicimáquina” a bike-machine. 

This machine is manufactured with recycled materials (old bycicle, iron pipes ...) and assembled by a local artisan. Thanks to this machine, it is possible to increase the quantity and quality of soap, and have more financial input.

This soap is called "el Grillito" - the cricket - and is manufactured 100% ecologically.

Its slogan: "Purchasing this soap it can save many children from infection or estomacles disease"

Some older students have created a micro enterprise within the school, thanks to the support and suppervision of the SODIS Foundation, now they are able to sell soap to students and parents.

The next step would be to sell the soap to the municipality of Tiquipaya who would be responsible in providing the other schools in the comunity!

We are very enthusiastic and positive about this project carried out by these older students with great success 

We thank you in advance for your support. And feel free to reach us if you have some questions and comments !

With warm greetings from the whole project team,

Jeremy Maes

El Grillito - soap box
El Grillito - soap box

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