Urine fertilising crops and saving money

July 14, 2011  |   Environment,General news,Sanitation   |
Urine fertilising crops and saving money

"Consider these facts about urine: Adults produce about four to eight cups (one to two liters) per day, it's a reservoir of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, the same elements that nourish crops; and it's cheap to make. That's the kind of information that Sridevi Govindaraj, an Indian agriculture expert, had in ...

Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

June 27, 2011  |   General news,Sanitation,Water   |
Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal

"More than 1 billion people will not get the basic sanitation and the clean water promised as such projects shrink sharply as a proportion of global aid budgets. A key development goal to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation by 2015 will be missed by a long ...

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.

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 ...

Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

April 18, 2011  |   Empowerment,Environment,General news,Sanitation   |
Cleaning Delhi through Facebook

"When 22-year-old Piyush Goyal posted his complaint of garbage spilling over from the dump in his area, on the Facebook page of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), little had he expected the civic agency to take action within 24 hours. But it did, pleasantly surprising Goyal. MCD launched its Facebook ...