Organizations that work in Water and Sanitation

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Do you know of any organizations that work specifically in water and sanitation? If so, this is the place to list them.

Please provide as much information as you can about the organization including name, website link, email addresses, contact information and a brief overview (what they do, where they work, etc).

Dear BARB and JENNY,thank you very much for your mails and want to exprex you all my gratitude.what i am seeking is funding for toilets in schools and rural areas .i want training in the field and be linked to those organization working in toilet in my country and can fund such projects.What i really need is the connection and the training for our staff to help building toilets in our country.please let us know more about toilets and help us build some of them for the wellbeing of our people.thanks a lot.
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ROGER PHOLO MVUMBI
P.O.BOX.3659 KINSHASA-GOMBE.
TEL:00243998218472
aderigas@yahoo.fr

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Hi Roger,
We have almost the same problem in our community as yourselves. Through this Group I managed to connect with some organizations which deal in sanitation and I found some raelly wonderful information. If you read the earlier posts you will find some leads that I got through other Neighbors. If you come across anyone with ideas on training, I would love to know as well so that I could also make a follow up
Otherwise wish you the very best in your work.

Regards,
Lillian.

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Hi Lilian and Roger,

I am Walude Mtwalib from Uganda and have started a network to support community based organisations to implement more focused and effective development programs including water and sanitation. Having read some of your information below, I realize you need support in sanitation promotion including guidance on how to construct ECOSAN toilets.

I would like to offer technical support but wish to start from where you are struggling. For Lilian, I am wondering if you already made a break through with the ECOSAN toilet construction.

Both Lilian and Roger, would you please provide me with info on the following:
(i) type of communities you are working with (urban based or rural based)
(ii) wether you are working in communities only or schools are also involved
(iii) types of larines are commonly used by the communities (and at school if applicable)
(iv) who is actually involved in sanitation promotion in your community and their role

Depending on the outcomes of this information, i will provide you with practical advice on the next steps. Note that sanitation is more than just latrines, but latrines can be used as an entry point. Communities have a greater role and responsibility to play in improving their own sanitation if well guided.

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partenrships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Lilian and Roger,

As I havent heard from you, I wish to close this enquiry

Regards and best wishes

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Programme Development Director
NICRAD

Promoting Grassroots Partenrships to enhance Sustainable Development

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Hello Barb, thank you for the great interest in water and sanitation. we have started a Rural Health and Sanitation project here in Jinja in uganda. we would wish to share with you oppotunies about this cause and more. we are interested in working with people with interest in this work. the project starts early next month

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Anthony Mugabira

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Hi Walude,
I am indeed very sorry for having delayed to respond to your inquiry. I have been away in the village with no access to internet please bear with me and reconsider the decision to close the discussion.

I agree wuth you that sanitation is not just about toilets. In many rural communities people take a lot of things for granted and get into health problems all the time. I would love to get as much information as possible if its ok with you because I know for sure my community needs to work on these issues very urgently. Perhaps you could use my e-mail >muttimos@africaonline.co.ke< for faster communication .

Incidentally I had not heard any feedback on the toilet from WASTE until today when they promised to contact their Kenyan partners with a request to try and sort our problem out. So far so good but please send me whatever information you have. I do appreciate your concern and apologize for the long break in feedback.

Warm regards,

Lillian.

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Hi Lilian,

I am delighted you are back on line. The closure was temporary you have reoppened it your self. Let me arrange to send you information. My primary interest was the kind of communities your village is serving: are they Urban or Rural based?

This will help me determine the type of information that you may need.

Cheers

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Local Representative
Bweyogerere

Grassroots Partenrships Enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,
Nice to hear from you. I look forward to getting the information from you. Our community is rural and located in one of Kenya's lowest flood plains near L. Victoria. The combination of high water table , weak soil absorption and frequent flooding has continued to pose a big challenge to water and sanitation and rendered the community very vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Latrine cover is small and issues relating to safe drinking water definitely require more attention.

I trust that we shall benefit a great deal from the information and be able to improve some of the serious sanitation situations.

All the best,
Lillian.

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Hi Lilian,

Nice to hear from you too and thank you for letting me know about your school and community.

From what you describe, a combination of high water tables, loose soils and frequency of flood in the plains would pause a seriuos challenge to communities wanting to construct their own latrines. Thus it would not be suprising that the latrine coeverage is low.

1. SOUTION FOR LOW LATRINE COVERAGE
The solution that is now known to address this problem is the use of ECOlogical SANitation or ECOSAN technology. If your community has never heard of or seen this technology, then you have a lot of promotion work to do. This is mainly because the technology requires the community to get used to handling feaces and urine directly which they may not be doing at the moment.

1.1 APPROACH TO INTRODUCING ECOSAN IN COMMUNITIES
From experience here in Uganda, we have learnt that you can successfully introduce ECOSAN in communities when you use school children as an entry point. Here you will need to construct 4-stance ECOSAN latrine blocks for upper primary classes (P4, P5, P6 and P7)each for boys and girls; On the other hand you will have to construct a one stance ECOSAN block for teachers. To avoid floods, raise the foundation of the chambers well above flood level.

1.2 THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
In each school community, you will need to identify and work with local masons who will be trained on the job to build the 4-stance ECOSAN block for pupils under supervision of an experinece mason. Note that you will need a block for boys and another for girls. You will then leave the masons to build the single stance block on their own. In this way, your school will have local capacity to build ECOSANs in the communities.

1.3 TRAINING TEACHERS AND PUPILS
Once construction is complete, you will begin by training teachers how to use their own ECOSAN and let them practice for one week (they will need lots of ash of course and this has to be brought by children). It is good to allocate an ECOSAN stance (door) to each class with clear marking. Then the respective class teachers train thier class and ask each pupil to demonstrate how they will use the facility. The dos and donts must be clearly spelt out for the children. Children who feel confident to use the ECOSAN facilities begin first. They then train others who are fearful or are reluctant to use the facilities.

1.4 MONITORING PERFORMANCE
The next step is monitoring how the teachers and pupils find the facilities. Sharing of experiences between teachers and pupils helps the trainers learn areas where emphasis should be placed.

1.5 INTRODUCING TECHNOLOGY TO THE COMMUNITY
Finally, the parents, local leaders and other stakeholders in the community must be invited and shown how this technology works. If community members are interested, then local masons will help them to build their own ECOSANs in local materials. They will start with homes of students that have used the facilities at school. Such students become trainers in the home. In this way, the technoloy trickles from the school into the community.

1.6 PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS AND TYPICAL COSTS:

I will send you these seperately

2. WATER SUPPLY
How is ground water in this area? Are shallow wells common? How reliable is rainfall in the area?

Cheers
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Local representative
Bweyogerere

Grassroots Partenrships Enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,

Thank you for the clear and concise explanation. I think this will be useful in many other communities as well. I am glad to hear you have had success in implementing ECOSAN toilets in Uganda, as I have had resistance from some communities there saying this just wouldn't work in Uganda. This approach and your success is very promising!

Thank you again for sharing the information.

Barb

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Hi Barb,

Thank you very much for complements AND FOR CHOOSING TO JOIN MY VILLAGE. It is not suprising that communities elsewhere in Uganda are yet resenting this technology. The approach is important and if not correctly followed, then the technology gets rejected rather quickly and you will probably never have another chance to introduce it.

We need to know such communities in Uganda so they could benefit from my technical support portfolio.

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Local Representative
Bweyogerere

Grassroots Partenrships Enhance Sustainable Development

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Hi Walude,

Thanks for the detailed information.I do really look forward to making use of it as much as possible.I am in the village and have found already the idea of ecosan toilets is taking shape because some organization has agreed to assist in training local artisans.About 3 primary schools will get the facilities. This is a good starting point. I am closely monitoring the situation and give you feedback on the progress and especially the community attitude. But so far so good.
Lillian.

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Hi guys

Awesome platform you've got going here!
I work for an organisation called Vertical Life based in Johannesburg South Africa.
Through extensive research, we at Vertical Life have encountered a product called LifeStraw Personal that we feel can be used extremely effectively throughout Africa to combat this crisis.
Very briefly, LifeStraw Personal (LSP) is a point – of – use water purifier that can be very easily carried around (it is 32cm long) and used to purify drinking water straight from the source.
LSP is able to purify at least 700 litres of water, and has a shelf life of 3 years.
LSP removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 98% of waterborne viruses.
Due to its small size, LSP is easy to mass distribute.
We at Vertical Life feel that this product can significantly impact the waterborne disease crisis faced by the African continent. Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to purchase and freely distribute LSP throughout Africa. During the course of 2010, we plan to travel from Cape Town to Cairo, along the eastern part of Africa,freely distributing 200 000(or more if we can get the funds)
LSP’s.
We recognize that LSP is not THE solution to the crisis, it is only a part of the solution. Also critical to achieving success over this crisis is provision of education with regards to water and sanitation to each community. Therefore, our mission goals are twofold:
1. To provide LifeStraw Personal to communities in need.
2. To provide education to those communities with regards to water and sanitation

If anyone has any ideas or assistance that they feel they can offer, please let us know.
Our website is www.verticallife.co.za, and our Facebook group is Vertical Life - Africa Project.

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Hi Lilian,

I have failed to send the promotional materials on ecosan because the formats they are in is not uploadable on nabuur. So i will instead send on your private mail.

Any body else interested should drop their private mail on this thread so i can also share with them.

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Walude

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WaterSanitationHygiene.org hosts FREE technical resources for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all. We have the largest collection of water, sanitation and hygiene technical resources on the web.

In addition, our fledgling forum is growing with hot issues under discussion as latrine construction, diarrhoeal disease transmission, household water treatment, rainwater harvesting and handpumps.

Please feel free to drop by and take a look.

Brian McFadden
WaterSanitationHygiene.org

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