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.
Jul 8, 2016

There is a lot to do in Bolivian schools

One of the schools in the Cordillera
One of the schools in the Cordillera

Dear supporter,

There is a lot to do in Bolivian schools…

Education, infrastructure, gender equality, sanitation, food, training, sports, materials …

The SODIS Foundation is expert in working in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), it’s why we focus our work on:

  • Water treatment through SODIS or chlorine
  • Safe drinking water corner
  • Hand washing
  • Toilet
  • Menstrual hygiene
  • Soap production

Our work always involves not only the schools but also the family and the municipality’s leaders. Working through workshops we empower the population giving them the tools they need to improve the quality life of their children.

Like you know we always have the support of volunteers. We are really grateful!! Because there is so much to do that we wouldn’t be able to reach every objective and to carry out every activities.

We were supposed to count on 2 volunteers but we have 6!!!

  • 1 volunteer is visiting all schools in order to strength knowledge. Taylor has coordinated the work with the education district. The teachers treat the water through chlorine method. To be able to do that, they need reagents for testing the concentration of chlorine in the water. A workshop has been conducted to remind them how to treat (step-by-step)
  • 3 French volunteers are working in the soap fabric (with the “bicimaquina”). They are going to improve the soap quality, the security conditions. They are also working with the next by University to make the soap less “homemade” so it will be more attractive to other people to buy
  • 2 volunteers is running the second phase of the menstrual hygiene project. Almost during one year we were working in a school (Modelo Tiquipaya II) now we are scaling up the project to another school. Julia and Ophelia are not only working with girls but also with the boys, because we know that they do not know much about menstrual hygiene and they “have fun teasing the girls”. Julia and Ophelia will also encourage the girls to create a self-help group for other girls, and also the creation of a microenterprise building safe natural menstrual pads.

As you can see, we aim to improve some of the school’s needs.

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

Do you want safe drinking water ?
Do you want safe drinking water ?
Chlorine method and safe drinking corner
Chlorine method and safe drinking corner
Making pads
Making pads
May 4, 2016

Some updates

Dear supporters,

 

Thanks to the work done by the SODIS Foundation in orther communities, we were able to have the experience, knowledge and equipment necessary for the construction of DIY toilets.

Several workshops with the beneficiary comunity were conducted, speeking about:

"The importances of the availability of toilets at home, it helps reducing open defecation and contamination of surface water and prevent health problems caused by poor water and sanitation. Also access to the right to a safe and adequate sanitation, it guarantees the privacy of children and adults".

 

The technical team showed, thanks to posters (with the support of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, our funder in various projets and the municipal government) the importance of having toilets.

 

To build Eco-Toilets, each is composed of local material and non-local material, such as (local) adobes, straw, wood and non-local, cement for the construction of the plataband and PVC pipes.

The population took over the preparation of the adobes and the projects technicians carried the cement and pipes to the community.

Depending on the financial resources of each family, DIY Toilets of different "styles" form simploe to more elaborate were built.

But evey family has its toilets and a place to wash their hands. And some of them installed a shower !!

 

To date it has been possible to build Eco-Toilet in 4 families

 

We really hope that more families are encouraged to build their own DIY toilets, maybe watching the neighbor's toilet, they would have the same !!

 

With warm grettins from the whole project team


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Mar 10, 2016

Starting 2016

Dear supporter,

Always in the SODIS Foundation we have been lucky and have opportunities to work with volunteers.

The Foundation greatly appreciates volunteering, because it always gives us a different vision of the work we do with new eyes. Bringing new strategies and knowledge.

This beginning of the year after annual holidays, classes began again in February, with the first national event, carnival !

Now is the time to star the main key activities of the project:

  • Handwashing
  • Corner of safe water
  • SODIS method
  • Training

You may ask, why do we have to redo these activities who have to be already an integral part of everyday life ?

For some very important reasons:

  • Many times at the beginning of the school year there is a direction change
  • There are also new teachers who have not assimilated the concepts of safe water consumption.
  • And because it's always good to refresh knowledge, and start the year in the best possible way.

And this year we start with the help of 2 volunteers who are going to supported us in various scheduled activities:

  • 1 volunteer is planning to visit all schools in order to strength knowledge but also to give a manual made for teachers -  training in safe water. He will also conduct workshops to train teachers and students and especially new students of the importance of drinking safe water and hand washing. He will also check that the solar disinfection method "SODIS" with PET bottles continues and they are doing it the correct way.
  • 1 volunteer is running a pilot project on menstrual hygiene for girls between 9 and 17 years. We really hope that this pilot project would be successful in order to spread it in other schools. She will spoke about menstruation itself and methods of hygiene and making homemade sanitary pads.

As you can see it is a season start of activities, coordination with different schools. planning, due to the holidays. These activities actually willn begin in April. 

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,

 
   

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