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.
Jun 12, 2013

Update from the field

Girls discuss results from the water tests
Girls discuss results from the water tests

Dear supporters,

During our recent visit to the field, we confirmed what the locally based team members told us before: that the project is progressing well, and that the impact is ever more visible. Whereas the project in the first year focussed on teaching kids and educational staff the importance of safe drinking water and how to obtain it, this year we want to get these messages to the whole community. As a starting point, we trained kids how to measure the quality of the locally available water - seeing that they actually were drinking water of non-potable quality got many people interested in our project and started to kick-start activities.

Just to mention a few of the activities carried out in 2013:

  • 510 primary teachers were trained on water and hygiene (update from last year's trainings)
  • 119 secondary teachers received training on safe drinking water and improved hygiene
  • 39 Water Committees were formed
  • 62 Safe Water Stations were installed at classrooms

As you can see, we have been busy, and we are now starting the activities to involve the whole community...

On a different note, wewanted to let you know that June 12 is a Bonus Day. This means that all donations received that day will be topped up by another 50%. Starting at 9:00 am EDT, GlobalGiving will match donations of up to $1,000 made through www.globalgiving.org. For example, if you make a donation of $50, actually $75 will go to the project. So please take advantage of this great opportunity and make a donation to one of our projects - every donation makes a difference.

Best regards from the whole project team

Matthias Saladin

Girl at the "Safe Water Corner"
Girl at the "Safe Water Corner"
Washing hands before lunch: a healthy habit
Washing hands before lunch: a healthy habit

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Jun 12, 2013

Trainings started

Handing out information material at a workshop
Handing out information material at a workshop

Dear supporters,

During my recent visit to the project in Bolivia, I confirmed what the local team had told me before: that the project is progressing well, and that the impact is ever more visible. Thanks to the great work done in the past few months, we immediately could start with the training activities, and the participation of the local population was overwhelming - the room where we started out training soon was so crowded that we had to move to a larger facility.

The project is starting to stirr up interest with the local people and authorities. The project is getting logistical support from the Municipality of Anzaldo, where the project is located. During out training sessions, we train people on how to obtain safe drinking water using two different methods:

  • Ceramic filters. These devices are very effective and can treat large amounts of water in a short time.
  • SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection): This method is very attractive because of its simplicity and its low costs.During the present project, we actually want people to use two different devices for SODIS: standard PET bottles (common soft drink bottles) and specially designed plastic bags.

Over the next few months, we want to collect data on the different methods and devices people are using in order to improve the products and to learn more about how such effective interventions can best be integrated into local traditions and habits.

On a different note, we wanted to let you know that June 12 is a Bonus Day. This means that all donations received that day will be topped up by another 50%. Starting at 9:00 am EDT, GlobalGiving will match donations of up to $1,000 made through www.globalgiving.org. For example, if you make a donation of $50, actually $75 will go to the project. So please take advantage of this great opportunity and make a donation to our project - every donation makes a difference.

Best regards from the whole project team

Matthias Saladin

Participants of our training session in Tijraska
Participants of our training session in Tijraska

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May 9, 2013

May update

Dear supporters,

Our project to develop a low-cost indicator for Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) keeps advancing. Two of the organizations we are in contact with now have prototypes of electronic indicators and they are currently in talks with investors in order to finance the production of initial series. We hope to see these series produced within a few months so that the first projects in the field can start soon.

In the meantime, we will be working on an alternative approach: We have been contacted by researchers from Queens University in Belfast (Ireland) who are working with materials which change color according to the amount of solar radiation received - for example, a plastic which turns from blue to transparent after some hours in the sun. This mechanism enables users to know immediately if their water bottles have been exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight in order to be safe for consumption. Our ultimate goal is to have such devices which are re-useable, but for a start we will work with disposable indicators. The informal parthership with this research organization is a great step ahead and we are looking forward to hearing from the first phase of field tests, which is planned to take place in June  - we will keep you updated.

More good news: Until Sunday, May 12, there is a special campaign for gift cards on Global Giving: each supporter who buys a gift card for a loved one or colleague will generate an additional $5 for our project ($5 for each card, that is!). $8,000 are available in matching funds and a $1,000 bonus will be awarded to the project with the most tribute card donors. So please, send a gift card to say Happy Mother's Day or just greet friends and family in the next week to help us reach our target (e-cards and hard copy versions are available - simple choose the "Gift or In-Honor of"-tab in the window with the donation options).

Best regards from the whole project team,

Matthias Saladin

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