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Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in Tamil Nadu

June 21, 2011  |   Featured project,General news,Projects,Sanitation   |

Ecosan toilets for 2,000 people in Tamil Nadu

In November 2010, we held a large fundraising event in the UK which raised enough money for 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 UK 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

Britain's 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.

1,500 teenage girls now with sanitation

March 17, 2011  |   Featured project,General news,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

Ecosan vs pit toilets & MDGs

Ecosan vs pit toilets & MDGs

I work on the premise that any individual or organisation that is involved with sanitation is ‘dedicated to the cause’, because we all know how important it is in the fight against illness, premature death and poverty.  The points I make below are not meant to be an attack on others in this sector, but simply an opinion based on whether our piecemeal approach is the most effective, both in construction and finance. The world is still going through a very difficult time financially.  We may be past the worst, but things are still not good.  Levels of aid funding are unlikely to reach the pre-autumn 2008 levels ever again; yet the majority of the third sector is continuing to follow the same processes it did before the financial crash.  The drive for short-term gain is outweighing the need for common sense, sustainable policies. As human beings we easily fall into comfortable bad patterns of behaviour and, once established, these habits take a very long time to change into something positive. In our area of activity we know this to be the case with open defecation (OD) and it often takes a local person with extraordinary motivational skills to guide a community to ...