Care for yourself and care for the environment

We believe we have a moral responsibility to assist people in developing countries avoid the mistakes we in the West have made. In many cases we have the chance to build an infrastructure that didn’t exist before and so we take environmental issues very seriously. Of course we have to be realistic in how we approach the work, but wherever possible we err on the side of environmental protection.

Our sanitation units are known as ecosan (what we would know as composting toilets) and are designed to last for at least thirty years. The human output, which is erroneously known as waste, can be turned into a valuable fertiliser increasing crop yields or providing an income.

Not only do we install water pumps, but we also encourage and build rainwater harvesters and rainwater recharge units. Harvesters are wonderful for collecting rainwater for use when supplies are scarce, and recharge units direct rainwater straight into the ground avoiding puddles in which mosquitoes can breed.
Livelihoods are developed on locally sustainable models, rather than being at the mercy of international trends or the need to ship goods thousands of miles by air or sea.

With good health and livelihoods in place – and with it being done with the environment firmly in mind – all that is left is for people to start helping themselves. Next section: empowerment