Community-led sanitation projects to improve public health & create jobs around recycling
"When you work on improving sanitation, like we do in Haiti, you start to really see the big picture. Sanitation is the keystone to solving so many problems in the world-- improving public health, reducing child mortality, recycling and reducing waste, and protecting water resources -- and yet no one is really talking about the problem of untreated sewage or the fact that 40% of the world’s poorest people live without a toilet. The global community needs to commit resources to finding sustainable solutions.”
Patricia Arquette and Rosetta Getty founded GiveLove to assist displaced families after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Givelove responded to the immediate need for sanitation in tent camps by bringing the best experts in the field of EcoSan to help start several large compost toilet projects at primary schools and NGO compounds. Over two-dozen dedicated volunteers and experts have worked with us since we began our relief, sanitation, and construction projects. GiveLove’s work is supported by hundreds of people through small, private donations. In September 2012, GiveLove launched the Santo EcoSan Project for 300 households in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. In October 2014, GiveLove made its first trip to Nicaragua to launch an international skills training program with several partner NGOs.
Your donations help us provide technical support to communities and organizations that want to learn more about humanure and organics composting. In 2015, GiveLove is going global with new web-based resources, and the creation of a Go Team to help set-up EcoSan projects abroad with our great new partners.
GIVELOVE is GOING GLOBAL
After five years of working in Haiti, GiveLove is ready to dispatch its first Go-Team to Nicaragua on May 10th. We’re also busy planning for our first visit to India in July, where we’ll be working with Centurion University to establish a skills training program that will explore the potential for scaling EcoSan projects with Hill tribe communities in Orissa, India.
Lucho Jean, Rodrigo Silva, Steffan Thimmes and Benar Greer will join Alisa Keesey for a month-long technical training on the Atlantic coast,
and in the communities of Via Japon and Tipitapa, outside of Managua. We’ll be working with great new partners to train compost technicians and establish several small pilot projects to introduce EcoSanitation and Humanure composting. Our partners include: the University of Nicaragua (UNA), Organica Verde, BlueEnergy, and WaterAID.
We’re excited to send our international team abroad for the first of many technical training trips. By working through partners, GiveLove hopes to build capacity in high-need areas so that communities and local organizations will have the skills training to manage their sanitation needs, and start their own composting projects.
GiveLove would like to send a big THANK YOU to CHIDEO for helping us fund the May Nicaragua training!
Photo: Alisa Keesey, Guillaume Craig, and Luz de Futuro cooperative members at the BlueEnergy office in Bluefields, Nicaragua
To introduce low-cost compost toilets in order to reduce disease and provide dignity for people living without basic sanitation
To reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers by producing organic compost products that can improve soil and food security
To teach people how to compost organic wastes
and protect water resources
To change attitudes about human waste & increase awareness about sustainable land-use practices
To promote EcoSan and composting as viable solutions
to water-based sanitation systems