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 13, 2011

June 15, 2011: Bonus Day

Washing hands AND saving water at the same time
Washing hands AND saving water at the same time

Dear Supporters,

You receive this mail because you supported our project in the past. We received 192 donations so far for this project and we would like to thank all of you for these contributions – they helped us to improve water and hygiene conditions of more than 80,000 children in Bolivia so far.

We also want to inform you about a special opportunity: June 15 is Bonus Day! This means that all donations to projects on www.globalgiving.org will be matched at 30% (up to $1000 per donor per project). For example, if you donate $100 to our project, another $30 will be contributed by the Global Giving Foundation. We would like to invite all our friends and supporters to make use of this special opportunity to make your donation have an even greater impact on local communities.

Within the ongoing project, safe drinking water and improved hygiene conditions can be provided for as little as $5 per child. Plus, we help local schools saving water: with our innovative mobile hand washing unit (see picture), a person can wash his/her hands with less than 0.2 liters of water. Most people on the planet use about 2 liters for this simple task: ten times more…

Among the people who donate to our project on June 15, a lucky winner will receive a special prize: A print of one of the picture of professional photographer Matteo Bertolino, who recently visited our project in Bolivia. We will keep you informed on this issue and on our project activities.

Thank you in advance and best regards from the whole team,

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May 16, 2011

May update

Putting SODIS into practice at a school in Bolivia
Putting SODIS into practice at a school in Bolivia

Dear Supporters,

This is a short update on our project to develop an indicator for the method of Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS). Things have been busy at our side: Our partner for the development of the indicator, PotaVida (http://potavida.org) not only produced the first series of prototypes but also participated at the Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge of the University of Washington. They placed second, which is a great achievement considering the strong competition from 104 other teams.

In the next few weeks, we will start calibration measurements of the prototype, whereas the team of PotaVida already is working on an improved design of the device. The requirements are very challenging: it has to be waterproof, resistant to solar radiation and heat, lightweight and low-cost.

Based on the data of calibration and laboratory experiments, we then will produce a small series of the indicator and field test it with potential users in the second half of 2011. We are currently raising funds for these field tests and welcome any support to bring us closer to our goal: to facilitate the promotion of Solar Water Disinfection, which has the potential to benefit millions of people who currently do not have access to safe drinking water.

We also would like to point out to the “recurring donation campaign” on the Global Giving website. With this new feature, you can now donate over a certain period of time (e.g., $10 per month), rather than one amount at a time. Such recurring donations help us to improve project planning and we would like to encourage you to make use of this function for future donations.

Thank you again for your support.

For the project team,

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May 12, 2011

May update

A big smile for the "healthy corners"
A big smile for the "healthy corners"

Dear supporters, 

This is a short update on our project to provide 80,000 children in Bolivia with safe drinking water, which you generously supported in the past.

In spite of the fact that we already reached more than 80,000 children in our first project phase, we want to further expand the project. Currently, the SODIS Foundation is working on a project with UNICEF in several rural communities of the Cochabamba Department, where we have been training women’s groups over the past few months on how to obtain safe drinking water and how to improve hygiene conditions with simple measures.

In the current project phase, we will be working in schools in Sacabamba and surrounding communities in order to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. Often, with simple measures a significant change can be achieved in these schools. For example, the mobile hand washing units cost only a few cents to install but make a large difference in improving hygiene conditions. Another of our favourite inventions is the “healthy corner” (“rincón de aseo” in Spanish), where children store their drinking water, clean cups and other utensils to improve hygiene (see picture).

We also would like to point out to the “recurring donation campaign” on the Global Giving website. With this new feature, you can now donate over a certain period of time (e.g., $10 per month). Such donations help us to improve project planning and we would like to encourage you to make use of this function.

Again, we would to thank you for all the support to our project. Thanks to hundreds of supporters like you, we are getting close to our next fundraising goal of $20,000: as of today (May 12, 2011), we raised $19,575. With a little help, we can make a big difference. 

For the project team,

 
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