A Better Way to Wash Hands Without Piped Water: Designing the Povu Poa

November 14, 2016  |  by ,

A member of a focus group in Kisumu, Kenya, provides user preference input for a handwashing station customized for areas without access to piped water. Photo Credit: Noel Wilson The theme of this year’s Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2016, was “Make Handwashing a Habit!” In places without access to piped water, new products and technologies…

This is What a Toilet Revolution Looks Like

November 7, 2016  |  by

I think I may have recently witnessed a real toilet revolution! As Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP’s) Head of Sanitation, a general poop enthusiast, and having been born on World Toilet Day, I hope you can understand how exciting this is for me. I recently visited Visakhapatnam (‘Vizag’ for short) for the…

Complications of Being an Effective Do-Gooder

October 31, 2016  |  by

The Challenge Say you wanted to put in a well in a small community that needed water, in an economically depressed part of the world. You did your homework on how a well could be built for sustainable, good quality water. You gathered the resources, knew the well would not dry up nearby springs because…

Preparing Community WASH Promoters for Success

October 11, 2016  |  by

When designing training, program managers often include only technical knowledge. Subject matter knowledge is essential, but developing skills to present and communicate information, relate to target audiences, and disseminate complex information for the purpose of learning are equally important. Take the case of Community WASH Promoters. They certainly need to know how to treat water,…

Toilets Transform Communities in Rural Angola

October 3, 2016  |  by

© Karin Schermbrucker. Eugenia, 11, washes her hands after learning about sanitation and hygiene during a ‘triggering’ meeting in Calipanguela Village, Angola. I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that UNICEF’s sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It’s incredible to…

Wastewater Treatment: A Growing Crisis and Its Solutions, Part Two

September 26, 2016  |  by

Designers and engineers have long recognized the need for wastewater treatment in developing communities but often are met with the challenges of no piped sewer system, high capital investment, and limited technical skills necessary for operation and maintenance. Enter decentralized wastewater treatment; a solution that treats waste effectively on site and requires no existing piped…

The Value of Water

September 19, 2016  |  by

I got this email from Stuart, one of our board members, yesterday: “For June, R. and I used 2,000 gallons. That is 66.67 gallons a day. There is no way I could carry that amount of water each day to my home. Plus, what is it all used for? I guess shower and flushing are the biggest…