Archive for the ‘Sanitation’ Category

Sanitation initiative for Indian slums

July 21, 2014  |   General news,India,Projects,Sanitation   |

Sanitation initiative for Indian slums

We have developed a brilliantly simple solution to help mitigate the horrendous problems caused by a lack of sanitation in India’s slum areas. Using our unique waste management system, the content from the toilets is routinely collected by our own operatives and taken back to our central processing plant where it’s quickly composted down for agricultural use. The primary purpose of the project is, of course, to reduce disease and poverty but in addition, there is significant commercial potential to sell the compost and produce revenue for the project. This will make it self-sustaining as well as improve the overall welfare of the community. [caption id="attachment_8763" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Our composting facility[/caption]   The current pilot project is scalable and consists of 40 toilets across three slum areas in Pondicherry. Research surveys identify around 2,000 people across three slum areas (400 families) that will be able to use the facilities, equating to 50 people (or 10 families) per toilet.   [caption id="attachment_8765" align="aligncenter" width="608"] We have designed a lightweight ecosan toilet for slum areas[/caption]   The provision of sanitation has historically always been a huge cost for governments, NGOs and private individuals. We ...

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Changing lives in a Sierra Leone community

Shenge village is a remote community in Barri Chiefdom, southeastern Sierra Leone, home to approximately 300 people. The village is very remote, two kilometres from the nearest dirt road. Much of the surrounding rainforest has been cleared for farming or rubber plantations, but there are still areas like Shenge that are vital forest wildlife habitats. When we first visited Shenge we found a very poor community who had no sanitation or clean water, meaning intestinal illness was very common, and particularly serious for the children. The villagers were reliant on subsistence farming, and children had to walk about 4 miles each way through the forest to the nearest school at Potoru, so younger children missed out on education altogether. [caption id="attachment_8723" align="aligncenter" width="475"] With no well, people had to collect dirty water from streams[/caption] Thanks to the generous support of a proactive community group we began working with the village in 2011, and Shenge now has a community ecosan toilet, a well, and cassava & groundnut farming livelihood support. More recently, thanks to a further generous donation from a regular supporter, we have also built a two-classroom primary school. The school will open its doors ...

Too ill to work or learn

May 14, 2014  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

Too ill to work or learn

As part of our urban ecosan project currently in progress in Pondicherry (a bustling city on the south-east coast of India), we conducted a major health and wellbeing survey in each of the three slums in which we are going to be working. Our research in one of the slums uncovered two startling facts:   1  96% of working people have lost a minimum of ten working days in the past six months due to diarrhoea 2  44% of children have missed school in the past six months also due to diarrhoea Imagine a normal school class here in the UK. That's about 25 children. Now imagine 16 of the children too ill to come in and learn - nearly half the class! It's clear to see the terrible impact this will have on so many children's education. If 44% of children are absent from a class of 25... (grey = absent) That's some pretty shocking figures - even more so when you realise that something as simple as a toilet will keep people healthy. Almost half the people living in Pondicherry do not have ...

What’s a toilet worth?

May 07, 2014  |   General news,Sanitation   |

What’s a toilet worth?

This excellent infographic from the World Bank very clearly shows the shocking economic impact of sanitation.      

A whole village transformed in rural India

A whole village transformed in rural India

More than 200 people helped with sanitation, clean water and housing in rural India thanks to the staff at Allsop In the summer of 2011, we were introduced to a rural village in south-east India called Sengal Odai. The 39 families (more than 200 people) of this community were living in some of the poorest conditions we had ever come across. One of the worst things we witnessed was the water they had to drink, which resembled a thin mud. Many people we spoke to in the village complained of persistent stomach upsets from drinking the infected water, and this ill health was compounded by the fact that the village contained no toilets whatsoever. The houses people lived in were mostly tiny mud huts with thatched roofs that leaked during the rainy season, there was little work in the area and the nearest school was five kilometres away. Whilst the villagers needed toilets and clean water to drink, they also needed a means of earning a living and, if possible, new homes. Throughout 2012, the staff at Allsop set about raising funds to help the people of Sengal Odai. From skydiving to cycling ...

Bath Half raises over £1,000

Bath Half raises over £1,000

A dedicated team of ten ran the Bath Half marathon with us on the 2 March, raising £1,048 for sanitation in India. The money raised will enable us to build four more urgently-needed ecosan (composting) toilets for families in the village of Nathamedu in southern India, where the vast majority of people do not have any sanitation facilities and open defecation is commonplace. We would like to say a huge thank you to Rocco Richards, Sarah and Nathan Dittum, Paul and David Osben, Alex Morris, James Teale, Olumese Okoeguale, Vanden Bowen and Louise Kirby-Garton. Thanks to their efforts, four more families will have safe, clean and private toilets. [caption id="attachment_8313" align="aligncenter" width="318"] Thanks to the Bath Half runners, we are able to build four more family ecosan like this one[/caption]

Glastonbury volunteers raise £5,700

July 18, 2013  |   Fundraising,General news,Sanitation   |

Glastonbury volunteers raise £5,700

Another Glastonbury Festival is over, and thanks to a dedicated team of stewarding volunteers we have been able to raise £5,700 towards our work. 45 people helped us provide stewarding in one of the camping areas, sticking out their long shifts through day, night, sun and rain. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us at the festival. Thanks to their work, Glastonbury Festival has given us £5,700 which will help us build ecosan (composting) toilets in some of the poorest parts of the world. [nggallery id=85]   Given that our work is first and foremost about providing ecosan toilets, we were delighted to see more composting toilets around the festival site itself. It's well known what a horrific state the chemical and pit toilets can get into, and we have been long-time advocators for a switch to composting models. They not only provide a much better experience for the festival-goer - being cleaner and free of nasty smells - but are also an ecological and sustainable way to manage what would otherwise just be 'waste'. We hope the trend catches on...perhaps one day all festivals will use composting toilets like ours!

Spotlight on our work – Kumudimoolai, India

April 09, 2013  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

Spotlight on our work – Kumudimoolai, India

450 more people now with ecosan, thanks to support from the ACT Foundation Thanks to support from the ACT Foundation, the people of Kumudimmolai now have 90 more ecosan, clean water and livelihoods. Tamil Nadu in the south of India is considered to be one of the wealthiest states in the country, but behind the statistics of economic growth and development lies another story – one of acute poverty. The rural population of Tamil Nadu ranks among the poorest in the world, with an estimated 12 million people living on or below the poverty line. Kumudimoolai is a rural village in Tamil Nadu, 30 miles south of the bustling city of Cuddalore. The 1,973 people living here belong to one the poorest and most excluded social groups in India, and when we first visited the community, poverty was rife. There were no working toilets in the village, which meant people were forced to find somewhere to go out in the open, which was spreading illness and disease. On top of this, the area is prone to flooding, and is always water logged. Human waste and in-organic fertilisers had contaminated the ground and water supply, making it hazardous to drink. Maintaining work was also ...

Stories from the field – a daily reality

Stories from the field – a daily reality

On a visit to a rural Indian village, Jane Bond contemplates the daily reality of living without a toilet I spend a day with one of our field staff, Arumugam to help me better understand our project work and life in rural Tamil Nadu. He takes me to some villages we are planning on working in as soon as we have funds. I know the facts - 7 million+ rural households here in Tamil Nadu don’t have access to toilets – 76% of the rural population. Water quality is worsening, largely due to human fecal waste in drinking water; 91% of water tested in one study was contaminated. Over the last five years incidences of acute diarrheal diseases have increased from about 116,000/year to 523,000/year. Today I’m going to be meeting just a few of the people who live with these conditions on a daily basis.   We go to a village called Boothampedi; the road doesn’t reach the village so we walk along a small dyke; on either side goats and young cows are gazing in recently harvested paddy fields. It’s very hot and it's quiet in the midday heat. The houses are small ...

Stories from the field – living with dirty water

Stories from the field – living with dirty water

Jane Bond is volunteer Project Officer for Wherever the Need India. She has been living and volunteering in India since November 2011, based in Tamil Nadu since February 2013. Read her stories from the field...   Yesterday it rained heavily and unexpectedly in Tamil Nadu. For some areas it was the first rain in over a year, so I’m going to talk about the realities of living with India’s water supply. You’d think the rain would be a good thing, but it came at the wrong time and many farmers had seedlings damaged. Water here is a health risk we are lucky enough not to be familiar with in the west. When I first came to live in India water became a mild obsession as I adjusted – every drop I needed had to be pumped and was available only at certain times. For cooking and drinking my water had to be filtered and sometimes boiled - all of this took a lot of planning and time. At the time I lived in Calcutta which has terrible sanitation and water issues. Despite my care I was sick with water related illness regularly – sometimes as often as once a month. I ...

Bath Half Marathon 2013

March 04, 2013  |   Events,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Bath Half Marathon 2013

Almost 40 runners completed the Bath Half Marathon for Wherever the Need on Sunday 3rd March. This was a brilliant turnout considering that this year was the first year that we have officially participated in the Bath Half Marathon. Whilst the weather was slightly chilly, our team weren’t disheartened, and dove enthusiastically into the challenge. Together, the team has raised over £5,000 to provide Krishnapuram High School with much-needed sanitation. This is an incredible achievement for a small group of people who have had to train through ice and snow. Their commitment can be seen in their individual stories. The Hart Family raised over £1,000 to help Wherever the Need provide sanitation to those who need it most. Not only did the Hart Family do a fantastic job of raising funds, they encouraged friends to run the Bath Half too. Each member of the family finished in an impressive time, securing an extra £400 in sponsorship. Despite being hampered by a foot injury, Will finished the race just 5 minutes later than Nick and Chris. Emma Davey and Laura James documented their Bath Half journeys by blogging about their experience running for Wherever ...

How two determined school girls in India are helping us bring eco-toilets to their community

January 23, 2013  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

How two determined school girls in India are helping us bring eco-toilets to their community

Anaivari is a small rural village in Tamil Nadu, India, and its story is very familiar to us. Home to 171 families the community is extremely poor – there is no sanitation, which means that the local environment and water sources are polluted, spreading illness and disease. [caption id="attachment_6863" align="alignright" width="280"] Without sanitation, water and the environment becomes polluted[/caption] Two teenage girls from Anaivari attend the nearby girls’ secondary school in the town of Chandra – a school where we worked to build eco-sanitation facilities for its 1200 pupils. Before the toilets were built girls attending the school had no option but to use nearby wasteland, which was a breeding ground for disease and where they risked being attacked. A lack of safe, private sanitation facilities meant that pupils were often kept away from school (especially once they reached adolescence) missing out on vital education. The new school facilities have been in use for almost a year now and in that short time there has been a reduction in sanitation-related sickness such as diarrhoea and, because parents know their children can go to the toilet in privacy and safety, there has been a reduction in ...

Our new animation, featuring Baroness Glenys Kinnock

October 18, 2012  |   General news,Poverty,Sanitation   |

Our new animation, featuring Baroness Glenys Kinnock

Here at Wherever the Need, we continue to champion sustainable sanitation as the most efficient way to alleviate poverty. Whilst we continue to give some of the poorest people in the poorest countries a fighting chance, our progress is slowed because many people are unfamiliar, ill informed or turned off by the topic. Our last news article focused on the importance of sanitation within the context of providing people with an effective education programme, and highlighted the improved enrolment rates of young girls by providing them with hygienic and safe sanitation facilities. Our new animation looks at the bigger picture. [caption id="attachment_6623" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Glenys Kinnock at The Soundhouse Studios[/caption] The animation, created with the help of Bradley Bailey, will generate awareness of the issues surrounding inadequate sanitation and clearly explain how a toilet can change a life. In order to do this, we’ve presented the information in a vibrant, exciting and engaging way. After seeing an early draft of the animation, Baroness Glenys Kinnock kindly offered to narrate it. In reference to the animation, Glenys Kinnock said: “I am delighted to be able to help its efforts through this informative and fascinating animation”. ...

Sanitation facilities improving school attendance in rural India

Sanitation facilities improving school attendance in rural India

At Wherever the Need we have always made it clear that sanitation should come first, because the only sustainable way to address issues of poverty is to tackle them at the point at which they originate. Whilst education is of critical importance to improving lives and alleviating poverty, effective learning can only take place when students are well enough to attend school and concentrate in lessons. But it is now widely accepted that illness created by inadequate sanitation damages school attendance and education levels. A month ago, we conducted a survey of attendance at girls’ schools in rural India, following the introduction of our new eco-sanitation facilities. The increased attendance figures proved that providing schools with sanitation facilities results in better health and better attendance. On average, there has been an increase of almost 15% in girls’ school attendance since sanitation facilities were available. [caption id="attachment_6209" align="alignright" width="608" caption="Attendance at Vadalur Girls' School has increased by 7% since Wherever the Need installed eco-sanitation facilities."][/caption] A notable example is the Orathur School, in Tamil Nadu. Since we installed new toilets in 2010, we have seen an incredible 30% increase in attendance. This ...

Sohail Rahman Reports on India’s Sanitation Problems

July 19, 2012  |   General news,India,Poverty,Sanitation   |

Sohail Rahman Reports on India’s Sanitation Problems

Reporting for Al Jazeera, Sohail Rahman covers the sanitation problems facing India, which become increasingly pressing as population growth and urbanisation continue apace.  Broadcasting from New Delhi he exposes the shocking statistics, including the fact that over 50% of Indians do not have access to a clean, constructed toilet and how 60% of all defecation in the world occurs in India.  It is also demonstrated how this is not just an individual issue, as the World Bank reported last year that poor sanitation cost the country $54 billion as a result of the related health issues, decreased productivity and reduced tourists.  You can now watch the short clip below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI_Q0ejCd7Y

UK Government Recognises Sanitation as Human Right

UK Government Recognises Sanitation as Human Right

The World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund in their 2012 Joint Monitoring Programme report estimated that over 1/3 of the world's population do not have access to adequate sanitation.  The WHO also estimates that 1.4 million children are dying from diarrhoeal disease every year, the vast majority of which is due to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene;  yet access to sanitation is one of the most off-target Millennium Development Goals. Following a review of international law, under the remit of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UK government has formally recognised access to Sanitation as a human right under international law.  In accordance with this, the Secretary of State for International Development (Andrew Michell) has committed to doubling the UK's ambitions on water, sanitation and hygiene to reach at least 60 million people by 2015. Hopefully this commitment by the UK government will mean that many of these deaths, which are mostly preventable with innovational projects such as WTN's Ecosan initiatives, can be avoided.  If you, like the UK government, feel that sanitation is not getting the recognition the issue merits, please begin supporting us today, by signing up to follow us online (Facebook, ...

WTN ecosan featured in Nature journal

June 19, 2012  |   Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

WTN ecosan featured in Nature journal

This is an exciting week for us, as our work has been published in Nature - the global journal of science. The article, credited to Shunmuga Paramasivan from our Indian office, is a good introduction to our work and how we use education/schools as a method to teach good hygiene practices through our ecological sanitation systems. Read the article in full here

Emergency Cyclone Appeal

January 05, 2012  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

Emergency Cyclone Appeal

India Cyclone - Emergency Appeal You may have heard on the news about the cyclone that recently devastated south-east India. Tamil Nadu, the region in which many of Wherever the Need's projects are based, has been badly hit - the cyclone has devastated the lives of the people and communities with whom we work so closely. Infrastructure, services and facilities are severely impaired and damaged; towns and villages are without electricity and clean water; many people have been left homeless. Water supplies are polluted and there is a genuine concern that there will be an outbreak of diseases such as diarrhoea or cholera We want to use our expertise and knowledge of the region to get sanitation and water facilities to where they are most needed and we need your help. Please donate now. Please donate... Yes No Are you a UK taxpayer and can we claim gift aid? Would you like to receive our occasional newsletter?

A message from India

December 19, 2011  |   General news,India,Sanitation,Water   |

A message from India

Following a recent visit to some of our projects in India, Hardeep Sandher writes of her experiences during her time there. Read the full Property Week article here (PDF 2.1mb) <strong>or click to enlarge:</strong>

2011 Summer Newsletter

September 05, 2011  |   General news,India,Livelihoods,Newsletters,Sanitation,Water   |

2011 Summer Newsletter

Read our Summer Newsletter for a run-down on our recent work in India. Click the newsletter to enlarge Read the full newsletter here (PDF 1.4mb)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation expands its sanitation programme

July 19, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation   |

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation expands its sanitation programme

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Tuesday it is to invest millions of dollars in improving sanitation services in poor countries over the next few years. The foundation is to significantly expand its sanitation programme with a $42m grant scheme to spur innovation in this area and a greater emphasis on encouraging behaviour change in communities. An estimated 2.6 billion people do not have access to safe sanitation and more than 1 billion people are understood to defecate in the open. In a speech to the AfricaSan 3 conference in Rwanda on Tuesday, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation's global development programme, said: "No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by the invention of the toilet. But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches, new ideas. In short, we need to reinvent the toilet." The foundation, in partnership with governments, universities, the US development agency, USAid, and the African Development Bank, wants to encourage the development of relevant tools and technologies that will improve basic sanitation, such as waterless toilets that do not ...

Urine fertilising crops and saving money in India

July 14, 2011  |   Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Urine fertilising crops and saving money in India

"Consider these facts about urine: Adults produce about four to eight cups (one to two liters) per day, it's a reservoir of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, the same elements that nourish crops; and it's cheap to make. That's the kind of information that Sridevi Govindaraj, an Indian agriculture expert, had in mind when she proposed that dousing fields with urine could improve sanitation and boost farmers' incomes. “Human urine is indeed not an unwanted waste, but it is a useful resource,” Sridevi wrote to E4C. Urine, it turns out, is a huge and mostly untapped reserve of crop fertilizer. If Indians collected and applied 40 percent of their urine, the country could save $26.7 million (1.2 billion rupees) in fertilizer costs, Sridevi calculates. A unique field Those figures are from her doctoral thesis at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore in 2009, with research funded by the Arghym foundation. Sridevi may be the only person in India with a doctorate in ecological sanitation. The urine proposal She proposes using urine in conjunction with regular fertilizers. People would collect it in specially rigged toilets, like EcoSan latrines. Or, in lieu of a commercial product, DIY attachments to toilets in the men's room ...

Gates Foundation: Innovation and the waterless toilet

July 12, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Sanitation   |

Gates Foundation: Innovation and the waterless toilet

Eco-sanitation, the main focus of our work at Wherever the Need, is being researched by the Bill Gates Foundation..... Scientists working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are researching the many different ways human waste can be put to good use — such as powering electrical current with human excrement, or purifying urine into drinking water. Read whole article Source: Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Private sector has potential to aid development, but beware the pitfalls

July 11, 2011  |   General news,Poverty,Sanitation,Water   |

Private sector has potential to aid development, but beware the pitfalls

The Department for International Development (DFiD) wants to focus on the private sector but it must look closely at the risks. The private sector is not accountable to the public in the way the public sector is. Sanitation and water systems are often not available for the poorest people – and private developers cannot be held legally accountable for not offering them. The UK's Department for International Development awarded Vodafone funding to set up a mobile banking project in Kenya in 2003. DfID is keen to get the private sector involved in development projects. Read whole article Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

June 27, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |

Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

"More than 1 billion people will not get the basic sanitation and the clean water promised as such projects shrink sharply as a proportion of global aid budgets. A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed by a long way because donor countries have diverted aid money away from "unsexy" water projects, according to the World Bank and a report from the charity WaterAid. Financial aid to provide people in developing countries with access to clean water and decent sanitation has been shrinking sharply as a proportion of global aid budgets, the new research has shown, with the result that more than 1 billion people will not get the assistance they were promised by rich countries under the millennium development goals. The key development goal on sanitation is likely to be missed by a wide margin, as donors restrict their aid to "sexier" projects such as schools and hospitals – even though the benefits of those projects are much diminished if their recipients have no clean water or toilets. "When you think that 2% of GDP is the difference between growth and recession, we are having the equivalent of three recessions every ...

Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in India

June 21, 2011  |   General news,India,Projects,Sanitation   |

Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in India

In November 2010, we held a large fundraising event which raised £40,000, enabling us to build individual ecosan (composting) toilets for 2,000 people in the village of Kanur, Tamil Nadu, India. The Doorway to Dignity charity auction was a great success, auctioning off unique pieces of artwork from artists, musicians, celebrities, fashion designers and politicians; we had contributions from Annie Lennox, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Steadman, Maggie Hambling and world-renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, to name but a few. Visit the project page and see more pictures

Fiona Bruce narrates our new film

Fiona Bruce narrates our new film

Well known BBC newsreader and presenter Fiona Bruce is the voice-over for our latest film, "Independence, not Dependence". The video gives an introduction to who we are, what we do and why we do it. We believe in creating the conditions to allow people to become empowered and independent in their way out of poverty, not becoming dependent upon foreign aid. Find out more by watching the film below.

A mile (or 20) in their shoes

May 13, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone   |

A mile (or 20) in their shoes

It's not every 10 year old girl that will go to great lengths to help those less fortunate, but Ami Northam is determined to make a difference in others' lives. Driven by a desire to help school children of her own age in Africa, Ami is taking on the challenging task of walking 20 miles in one day in order to raise money for much needed school equipment. Aiming to raise £1,750, Ami's fundraising efforts will help to equip the newly built Koiva Primary School in Sierra Leone with school textbooks, furniture and writing materials so that the children there can have a proper education. During the civil war which ended in 2002, schools across Sierra Leone were destroyed and equipment stolen. Many schools today throughout the country are still in real need of assitance, and Koiva School is no exception. To find out more about the school Ami will be helping click here. Her walk will take place on June 12th 2011, so please take the time to read about Ami's efforts and support her. You will find more information and details on how to donate here: www.wherevertheneed.org.uk/donate/ami-northam/ Good luck Ami!

Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

April 18, 2011  |   Empowerment,Environment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

"When 22-year-old Piyush Goyal posted his complaint of garbage spilling over from the dump in his area, on the Facebook page of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), little had he expected the civic agency to take action within 24 hours. But it did, pleasantly surprising Goyal. MCD launched its Facebook page earlier this month to ensure effective monitoring of garbage lifting at areas under its jurisdiction. The civic agency has started off on the surest of footing, Goyal feels. “When I heard about this initiative, I thought I should also post pictures of unclean dhalao (standalone garbage warehouse) in my area. I was expecting the action but never thought it will be so quick,” he says. On January 8, he clicked pictures of the seven dirty ones in South Delhi’s R K Puram area and posted them on Facebook. And the next day, he says, he saw the pictures of clean dhalaos uploaded by the MCD. “There is lot of transparency through this way. The man who actually cleans it asked me why I uploaded the pictures. So the information is going from top to the bottom,” says Goyal. It’s a not even a month, and the civic agency has already received close to ...

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

April 15, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A film of our work in Sierra Leone

During a visit to our Sierra Leone projects this month, our CEO David Crosweller was asked to film a few short clips explaining our project work there. This short video is the outcome!

A new project in Sierra Leone

April 11, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Sierra Leone,Water   |

A new project in Sierra Leone

Shengay is a remote forest village, and has no sanitation facilities, so the villagers are using the neighbouring fields, with obvious risks to their health and security. There is also no well in the village, so all water is being drawn from a nearby stream – so intestinal illness is common, with young children being particularly vulnerable. We are constructing a community eco-sanitation toilet unit, with a central washing area, with separate areas for both female and male. This will provide effective sanitation facilities for all people in the village, greatly improving their health and security. Compost from the facility will also improve yields in the village market gardens. A borehole has been drilled, with the pump and capping to complete – this will provide clean drinking water for the whole village. See more details of our latest project here: http://wherevertheneed.org.uk/projects/sierra-leone-projects/shengay/

1,500 teenage girls now with sanitation

March 17, 2011  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

1,500 teenage girls now with sanitation

Our recently completed sanitation project in Vadalore Girls Secondary School has provided 1,500 teenage girls with much needed sanitation facilities. The girls will benefit hugely from increased privacy the units provide and hygiene training, improving their health and ensuring they can stay in school even during menstruation. This will enable them to gain a full education and increase their future employment prospects. See the project photos here

Ghana can exceed MDG target on sanitation

March 04, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation   |

Ghana can exceed MDG target on sanitation

"Ghana can exceed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 54 per cent on Sanitation by 2015 through effective implementation of the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) concept. Dr Kamal Kar, Founder of CLTS Foundation, who made the observation said this would require behavioural change among Ghanaians towards sanitation, especially Open Defecation (OD), based on analysis and understanding of the situation. He was addressing a high-level meeting on CLTS in Accra on Monday. The meeting organised by the Ministry Of Local Government and Rural Development, was to deliberate on critical issues of sanitation, its affect on economic and social development to engender better understanding of CLTS among development partners and other stakeholders in sanitation. It was attended by development pattners such UNICEF,CIDA Relief international,USAID and AusAID and representation of Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning, Local Government and Rural Development and Environment and Science. The CLTS uses Participatory Rural Appraisal methods to enable local communities analyse their sanitation conditions and collectively internalise the impact of OD on public health and the environment..." Read the full article: http://www.modernghana.com/news/318444/1/ghana-can-exceed-mdg-target-on-sanitation-dr-kar.html

Indian brides inspire a toilet revolution

February 28, 2011  |   Empowerment,General news,India,Sanitation   |

Indian brides inspire a toilet revolution

"Young women are part of a campaign to bring much-needed social change and improve sanitation facilities If you don't have a toilet at home, you might not get a bride in India. In a silent revolution of sorts, Indian women across the country, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, have a single condition before they agree to a match – the groom must have a toilet in his home. The "No Toilet, No Bride" campaign, initiated by the government, is co-opting young women to bring in much-needed social change. Across the country, more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets..." Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/feb/28/indian-brides-toilet-revolution

Mainstreaming eco-sanitation in China

February 18, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation   |

Mainstreaming eco-sanitation in China

"The technology choice that China made for sanitation and wastewater management has led to not only blistering economic growth but also rapid urbanisation as it helped Beijing reduce GDP loss that poor sanitation brings. The four storied apartments in Dongsheng District of Erdos Municipality in Inner Mongolia, China look like any apartment, all 825 of them. They look the same that is until you use the toilet. Detailed instructions nailed to the door tell you how to use them. The urine diverting toilets flush with sawdust instead of water. Urine is collected in tanks tucked away in the basement of the building and used as a fertiliser in a surrounding agricultural field. The solids are composted and reused also as fertiliser. Grey-water coming from the washing machine and bath is treated at a small treatment plant in the development and reused for landscape use. The people who bought the flats did so knowing fully well the systems of sanitation in place and paid the same market rates as the flats which had conventional sanitation systems. This is China’s brave new world of waste and wastewater management." Read the rest of the article: http://www.morungexpress.com/analysis/60268.html

The world walks for World Water Day

February 08, 2011  |   Events,General news,Sanitation,Water   |

The world walks for World Water Day

You can raise awareness of sanitation and water issues... The World Walks for Water is a global event from 19-22 March 2011, that aims to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and critically, demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day. Millions of people walk 6 kilometres every day just to collect water for their basic needs. Billions have no safe place to go to the toilet. Lack of water and sanitation traps people in a vicious circle of disease, lost life chances and poverty. On World Water Day 2011 thousands of people across the globe will walk together for 6 kilometres to demand an end to this crisis. The walks will build on the success of the World’s Longest Toilet Queue in 2010, and demand that politicians in the North and the South keep their promises and step up their efforts to ensure water and sanitation for all people, everywhere. We need YOU to get involved, too. Now is the time to tell the world’s politicians about our concern. Now is the time the World Walks for Water. Visit the website to find out more & take part: http://www.worldwalksforwater.org/eng

Lack of sanitation draining GDP in India

February 07, 2011  |   General news,India,Sanitation   |

Lack of sanitation draining GDP in India

"In 2006, every tenth death in India was caused by diseases linked to inadequate sanitation. Of these deaths, numbering 7,68,000 approximately, around 3,95,000 were children who died of diarrhoea. The figures, thrown up by World Bank, stand in direct contrast with the 9% economic growth the country celebrates at all given opportunities. The World Bank (WB) report in fact says that not only are precious lives being lost, but the unsanitary living conditions are causing huge losses to the country's economy too. This loss figure for 2006 has been put at Rs 2.4 trillion ($53.8 billion), equivalent to 6.4% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), in the report, 'Economic Impacts of Inadequate Sanitation', released on Monday. All the findings are based on 2006 figures, but the report does foresee a similar magnitude of losses in later years. “It shows children and poor households bear the brunt of poor sanitation,” Christopher Juan Costain, WB Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) Regional Team Leader for South Asia, told HT. The study devised the figures after evaluating costs associated with death and disease, accessing and treating water, and losses in education, productivity, time, and tourism. While premature mortality and other health-related impacts of inadequate sanitation ...

Just building latrines won’t solve the sanitation crisis

January 24, 2011  |   Empowerment,General news,Sanitation   |

Just building latrines won’t solve the sanitation crisis

"Empowering local communities to solve their own problems is the best way to improve health across the continent". The Guardian rightly addresses the issue that good development must incorporate community empowerment. Without the local demand for sanitation, the facilities will not be used or properly maintained. This would have been a good opportunity for the Guardian to look at alternative sanitation facilities to latrines; ecological sanitation is a far more sustainable system to dealing with the world's sanitation crisis. Read the full article on the Guardian website here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/21/nigeria-sanitation-local-solutions

Not the bog standard design…

January 20, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |

Not the bog standard design…

Some innovative lavatory designs reduce water consumption... "“Bog standard” – the phrase says everything about how we regard the humble lavatory. It is not glamorous, nor – even though it has barely changed since the water closet of our Victorian forebears – is it regarded as a design classic. But if we are happy enough with its functionality, and too embarrassed by our bodily functions to examine the matter more thoroughly, there is a problem with its performance: most of our lavatories use too much water. Although modern models have improved on the 13 litres a Victorian relic might require for a single flush, the issue remains. As sources of fresh water are increasingly stretched the world over by the pressures of climate change, growing population and pollution, finding more water-efficient designs has become a pressing matter... ..." Read the full article here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d1e361f6-1e9c-11e0-a1d1-00144feab49a.html#axzz1BE2pltD3

‘Sanitation is Sexy’ competition winner

January 17, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation   |

‘Sanitation is Sexy’ competition winner

Your life would be different (and not in a good way) without toilets, sewers, or soap and running water. But even though 2.6 billion people are living without basic sanitation, it’s easy for the rest of us to forget how important it is. The Search for the Obvious is a website that collects and distributes obvious solutions to pervasive problems. The competition winners have been announced for their recent challenge, which asked people to “Use (their) creative genius to show the world that the lack of basic sanitation is one of the most critical issues facing the developing world today.” To see all the winning entries and runner ups, visit the website here: http://www.searchfortheobvious.com/sanitation/winners The winning film from the 'best video' category: