GWA Project Empowerment Stories
Project: Urine-diverting dry toilets & composting pilot project in the rural/periurban, indigenous community of San Juan Tlacotenco, Municipality of Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico
Collaborations: Managed by SARAR Capacitación, in collaborations with University of Pennsylvania, Merced Foundation, Toilets Without Borders, Community of San Juan Tlacotenco
Project Champions: Samira Mehta (University of Pennsylvania), Tony Sauder (GWA), Shane McAleer (GWA), Debbie Heuckeroth (GWA)
Making Maps: Reflection on Cameroon
Project: Water Supply Problems in Nine Villages in the Bome-Ngyenmbo region, North Western Province, Cameroon
Collaborations: In Cameroon: Mayor’s Office in Mbengwi, Meta Quality of Life Improvement Foundation (MQLIF), BADA, water committees.
In the USA: University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, School of arts and sciences, School of Engineering; Netter Center (UNI) and Engineers without Borders (UPenn chapter), Wilkes University international Office, OICI (Phila office), UNA-GP
Project Champion: Dr. Godlove Fonjweng
Uttar Amtalia Gita Rani Vidyabhavan High School, West Bengal
Project: School water, sanitation, and hygiene project at Uttar Amtalia Gita Rani Vidyabhavan High School, West Benga.
Collaborations: SARBODAY SANGHA, AJAYA Organization,Mr. Amar & Mrs. Sheila Banerjee (Total Grant)
The project focuses on WASH education in schools. The goal is to ensure safer and more effective water, sanitation health and hygiene facilities for the students by providing both infrastructure and educational support geared to adopting better hygiene practices by the students and their teachers. The hope is that in addition to changing their own behavior, the students will bring these lessons home to their families thereby creating a positive societal change as well. Safe WASH facilities will lessen water-borne diseases and health hazards among the community members, resulting in a healthier society.