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  • janelle kacz

    There have been many wonderful successes and failures in our efforts as philanthropists to provide improved sanitation and clean water sources. As we journey into Laos with our Social Business model, we will not be re-inventing the wheel, so to speak. There are plenty of organizations that have implemented successful strategies for sanitation education and water filtration systems. We will continue learning from and working with these organizations in order to walk the most efficient path towards positive change. I believe transparency is key. We must share our stories of struggle and success. Additionally, we should all strive to measure our impact and share it freely.

    Inspired by Muhammad Yunus' book, Building Social Business, the Jhai Coffee House will be the world’s first completely philanthropic coffee roaster & cafe located at the source.
    All business profits generated are invested into children's sanitary education and clean water projects in the local Lao coffee growing community.

    Check us out! We'll be launching our Indiegogo campaign next week!

  • End Trafficking

    The overall objective of UNICEF in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is to contribute to the realization of children’s rights to survival and development through promotion of the sector and support to national programmes that increase equitable and sustainable access to, and use of, safe water and basic sanitation services, and promote improved hygiene.

    Two measurable targets -
    Target 1: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation (MDG Target 10)
    Target 2: Ensure that all schools have adequate child-friendly water and sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programme.

    Click here for more information:

  • BNE

    This is what we are doing to help solve the water and sanitation crisis: Join us!

    • Hillary Newman

      Interesting! I would love to know where the funds are going, and which non-profits or projects you and your team have identified to be effective at delivering clean water.

      • BNE

        Hi Hillary. If you clicked the link, our website should have answered your questions. charity: water and their local partners are doing the best job at effectively providing solutions to the water crisis. You're probably familiar with them, your founder Ben has generously helped to fund charity: water's operational costs.

  • Rita Bulusu

    Someone needs to engage a water utility (often the government in the developing world), a consumer goods company for soap and some energetic NGOs. There is definitely a commercial model in providing greater access to water, with the infrastructure costs supported by donors and companies who will benefit from greater water access.

    • Hillary Newman

      Thanks for your suggestion. I see that you're from Ghana. I would be curious to hear what sanitation issues you're seeing first hand.

    • Hillary Newman

      Thanks for your suggestion. I see that you're from Ghana. I would be curious to hear what sanitation issues you're seeing first hand.

    • Jessica Rivera

      Definitely! 10 million toilets in 10 years would be a tremendous step in the right direction!

    • Jessica Rivera

      Thanks, Hillary. Yes - a number of them are. Particularly water-less systems. There are some incredible designs in the beta-process: from solar-powered toilets that generates hydrogen and electricity to toilets that produces biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water. I'm quite interested in the on-site composting systems - it offers much more than proper disposal of waste to developing communities.

    • Jessica Rivera

      Great suggestion! The Dungaroo came up not too long ago for during a GOOD Maker Challenge. Excited to see what the second round of prototypes look like.

    • Hillary Newman

      Very cool, do you know the price point?