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.
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
Oct 23, 2014

Participating in Global Hand Washing Day

Hand washing practice at Global Hand Washing Day
Hand washing practice at Global Hand Washing Day

As you may be aware, our project in Independencia-Bolivia is about promoting healthy habits at schools, with special attention to the needs of girls. One of these healthy habits is hand washing with soap - in fact; it is one of the most effective health prevention measures of all. Sometimes we tend to think that improving health is about technology and expensive treatments, but the truth is that we can achieve a large reduction in the number of cases of diarrhea and other diseases just by washing our hands with soap (by the way: hand washing also prevents the flu, so remember to wash your hands and remember others to wash their hands as flu season is arriving...).

In order to increase awareness of the importance of hand washing, many organizations around the world celebrate Global Hand Washing Day each october 15. In Bolivia, the main event this year was organized by the Ministry of Water and the Environment, and it took place last week in La Paz. The SODIS Foundation was part of the celebration: we taught children and adults how to wash hands and how to make a simple hand washing station with a used PET bottle. We also gave out information about soap making, we had children practice and improve their hand washing technique, and we engaged many adults in conversations about hand washing, health and water.

In the pictures you can see some of the activities - of course, it also involved laughs and a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone involved, especially our partner organizations Helvetas, Sumaj Huasi, Water for People, Plan Internation and SENASBA.

Best regards from the whole project team

Matthias Saladin

Hand washing can save many lives
Hand washing can save many lives

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