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.
Sep 7, 2012

Project update: September 2012

Girl demonstrating how to treat drinking water
Girl demonstrating how to treat drinking water

Dear Supporters,

We quickly wanted to inform you about exciting news related to our project for 40 schools in Bolivia, which you supported in the past:

  • The project is making good progress on the ground. An intermediate evaluation showed that key habits like treating drinking water are now practiced by 70% of the children, up from less than 25% at the beginning of the project. Water is treated by two different technologies: chlorination and Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS). Both technologies are working properly and teachers as well as pupils learned how to apply them in order to obtain safe drinking water.
  • Two of our project pictures made it to the finalists of a photo contest on the Global Giving website - these are the pictures you find in this report. We choose them because they show how in our projects water not only is regarded as a basic human need, but also a source of joy and happiness. A special "thank you" goes to the author of the pictures, professional photographer Matteo Bertolino (www.matteobertolino.com), who generously donated the pictures to the SODIS Foundation.
  • A group of external experts visited the project in August, among them representatives of the National Agency for Basic Sanitation (SENASBA). They were very impressed with the project and want to use our monitoring system as a national standard for all future water and sanitation projects.
  • We are now also getting financial support from a corporate sponsor (www.striiv.com). Thanks to this support, we have passed the 50%-mark of our funding target and are on track to meet our funding goals for the project.

Overall, we are very encouraged to see how fast the promoted new technologies and solutions to save lives have spread. However, our evaluation also showed that it is necessary to bring these innovations from the schools to the families and homes. Thus, we elaborated a plan for an additional project phase, which will start in November 2012 and will reach out to these families.

Please feel free to pass on the word about our projects and activities to friends and family members. We are looking forward to receiving feedback on the project and on this report - is this information useful for you?

Best regards from the whole project team,

Matthias Saladin

Washing hands made easy with the mobile unit
Washing hands made easy with the mobile unit

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Aug 7, 2012

August up-date and photo contest

Safe drinking water - 1 of our 2 finalist photos
Safe drinking water - 1 of our 2 finalist photos

Dear Supporters,

As you probably know, development is not a steady process. This is especially true if development concerns a completely novel device and if your setting is in low-income countries – as is the case with our indicator for Solar Water Disinfection. While at times, there were laps ahead and exciting connections to people from unexpected areas, there also are times when things move very slowly. Our project is just in such a phase – for example, it took more than two months to ship some of our newly developed prototypes to Bolivia. The hard part was not actually shipping them, but getting them through customs – like many low-income countries, Bolivia has rather strict import policies and not the most cooperative officers… In any case, the new prototypes are now where they should be (in Bolivia) and this means that testing can start within a few days.

In order to protect the intellectual property of our partner organizations, we currently cannot provide pictures of the prototypes we are testing – several of them have patents pending. However, once these processes are completed, you will see the ground-breaking changes the devices went through, becoming ever smarter and sleeker, and at the same time more affordable.

At the same time, we would like to point out to an international photo contest on the Global Giving website. The SODIS Foundation has two photos among the finalists – check them out and vote for the ones you like best. It takes less than a minute (don’t forget to confirm your vote by answering the e-mail you will receive instantly), and the winning organization will receive 1,000 USD extra for their project.

We hope this project up-date is useful for you. Please let us know what you think about it or what other information you want us to provide.

Thank you for your support and best regards from the whole project team,

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Jun 12, 2012

June 13th: Bonus Day

Sanitary conditions before...
Sanitary conditions before...

Dear supporters,

We just quickly wanted to let you know that June 13th is a Bonus Day - this means that donations to our project will be matched by additional 50% on this day. This makes your donation even more effective and helps us to reach out to even more families every day.

Meanwhile, our project keeps going ahead, changing the project area one family at the time. For example the family of Pastora Perez, who is dedicated to pig breeding. Pastora Perez approached our micro-finance partner because her water and sanitary installation were in a dire state and she wanted to change this. After forming a group with four more neighbours, she was able to access a credit of 1,000 dollars in order to install a water tank and to improve her toilet. Within a short time, her living conditions have changed completely: not only can the whole family now take a shower and drink clean water, but having an improved toilet also means that they have recovered some dignity. Sometimes, this is just as important as the services provided by the project. Pastora Perez is very satisfied with her investment, because the water tanks allows her to save a lot of time which she now can dedicate to more productive activities than carrying water.

Please feel free to give us feedback about the project and this report. What kind of information would you like to receive? If you think this is an important project, please pass on the word to friends and family. And why not make a small donation on June 13th and take advantage of the unique opportunity that someone else will add 50% of your donation? We are thankful for every donation, no matter the amount.

Best regards from the whole project team,

... and after the micro-credit project
... and after the micro-credit project
One of the pigs of Pastora Perez
One of the pigs of Pastora Perez

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