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.
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
Jun 12, 2012

June 13th: Bonus Day

Ines Salazar, a change agent
Ines Salazar, a change agent

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 people every day.

During my last visit to the project, I witnessed that important changes are taking place, and sometimes at unexpected places. For example, I was astonished to find that in one school in Tiquipaya, the most commited person was actually the secretary, Ines Salazar. She is a very energetic person and has voluntarily taken on the task of overseeing the healthy practices which are promoted by the project - to disinfect drinking water and to wash hands. "I think that it is very important that children learn about healthy habits at school, because it is here where they acquire knowledge and habits which serve them their whole life."

We agree very much with Ines - how about you?

Best regards in the name of the whole project team,

Matthias Saladin

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