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.
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,

Feb 4, 2016

What's new in Eco-Toilet

What’s new on Eco-Toilet,

 

Dear supporter,

Building in Bolivia is always a challenge, due the altitude and the distance!

On this first period, we focused on trying to have counterparts of the municipality.

Why is it important?

  • Counting on counterparts we insure that the project will have a bigger impact and will be sustainable! Because commitment is the key. So far we have been able to count on a small financial help, and some human resource. Nothing "big", but at least, we can see that the municipality is open minded about the Project. Is now a question of time and patience … 

Our technical team, has working hard. They had a lot of workshop, explaining the importance of having first of all toilet. Because in rural area, the people use to do it in open fields. And of course they don’t have the washing hands habits!

For question of salubrity, hygiene and health it’s really important that the people realize they have to make a change in their life. It’s not always easy to change our habits. Especially when you, your family, your grandparents and all the community have done it, that way, since like forever.

That was a really big challenge for our team. And next challenge was to explain why to build their own Eco-Toilet.

Why Eco-Toilet?

  • An Eco-toilet is a toilet that uses no water for evacuation of urine and faeces. The eco toilet system has been developed a lot in recent years.
  • The treatment of wastewater is a problem that becomes more important every day. Eco toilets do not require water to function and are not connected to the sewage network. They are very effective biologically, and leveraging human waste and promote the domestic economy, saving money and energy.

And why Self-building?

  • Because if you have to do it yourself, you are going “respect” it better, and take care of what you have built.
  • And also, you can built it as you want, the style you want …

At the same time, we analyze the quality of the water of the population. Because we want to have a comprehensive project that include also safe drinking water and hygiene.

So far we have located 7 families willing to build their own Eco-Toilet ! We are really excited beginning the construction !!

With warm greetings from the whole project team.

Performing surveys
Performing surveys
Water analysis (on the left contaminated)
Water analysis (on the left contaminated)
At community school
At community school
 

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