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GiveLove - Ecological Sanitation Haiti
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www.givelove.org, Port-au-Prince, HT
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Wet/Dry Tropical

annick midwifeofthestar@gmail.com Bonita Ford Bronwyn White Carly Gillham Charlotte Freund Hannes Dettmann Helder Valente Hunter Heaivilin Lorenzo Di Sandro Michelle Dallas Nicolas Netien
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GiveLove - Ecological Sanitation Haiti

Project Type

Urban, Rural, Residential, Community, School Projects, Philanthropic/aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Our goal is to provide a safe sanitation system for the victims of the earthquake of January 12, 2010. We hope to establish contacts for friendship, partnership and coordination with organizations on the ground.

Project Description



Conventional approaches are not available for half the world population; there is still a high rate of infectious diseases and infant mortality. However, with the creation of a new ecological sanitation we can prevent pollution and ensure the health of Haitians. Givelove aims to provide a safe sanitary environment through thermophilic composting of human excreta. The waste is recycled for reuse in a process for the ecological environmental protection and preservation of the eco-local system.






Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010 over one million Haitians live without shelter or in very simple temporary structures without any stability. The vast majority of affected families are located in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. According to the finding in the camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), most of these people have no access to basic sanitation. Many people defecate, dump their waste in plastic bags directly in public places or channels that run along the streets. The existing toilets are only temporary evacuation of waste and where groundwater is high, these latrines contaminate groundwater and are prone to flooding. This results in  feces polluting land and water and increases the chances the deterioration of public health.


Ecological sanitation as an effective solution


Ecological sanitation is an approach that considers human waste as a valuable resource for recycling. It prevents pollution of the environment and the spread of disease by ridding waste of pathogens by a process of treatment and decomposition. The final product is a healthy, safe, and nutrient rich fertilizer that can be used to increase agricultural productivity and improve family nutrition. Our goal is to connect communities with the resources they need to ensure the sustainability of this solution.



Three main elements of our program:




GiveLove working with three different models of composting toilets, a design has been adapted to any need for a healthy ecological sanitation and equitable. Entering a community or school, we explore with them what would be the best option. Thus GiveLove then provides the necessary materials to build ecological toilets that use of local Charpentier, a TA team and community members contribute.




Awareness of hygiene, sanitation is essential to our program. Without understanding differed points ecological sanitation, this new approach would be ineffective. The GiveLove identifies community leaders and has a training session entirely appropriate to the principles of a fair and healthy sanitation. These leaders will be responsible for management and maintenance of ecological toilets, and educate their neighbors about their use, proper hygiene, sanitation and clean up the composting process.




The last element of the process of ecological sanitation is the recycling of waste. In some models, composting occurs locally, but in others it is necessary to move the waste to an offsite location for further processing. In this case, the GiveLove help the community to build an environmentally sound composting site that is aesthetically inoffensive and requires little maintenance. A local organic source material is always added to the waste to accelerate the composting process and create a healthy fertilizer that will be ready in six months.


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