Wish for WASH

Project leader: Tanvi Suresh (tsuresh@gatech.edu)

History

2.6 billion people in the world today do not have access to their basic sanitation needs. People are often expected to use unsustainable and overflowing pit latrines (or holes in the ground), which many times forces them to openly defecate leading to a host of both mental and physical health issues. In fact, the World Health Organization states that approximately 4,000 children are dying from preventable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) related diseases because of poor sanitation everyday. Universal access to improved sanitation infrastructure is our mission.

Wish For WASH began under a different name, Safichoo, in 2013 as an interdisciplinary senior design project. Later that year, the Safichoo team and their toilet design went on to win the 2014 InVenture Prize as well as the People’s Choice Award at the same competition. The team then traveled to Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya to pilot their design. Safichoo has since been rebranded to Wish For WASH and is in its second iteration of the toilet.

Location

Wish For WASH seeks to bring improved sanitation to the global community. Our designs are being prepared for a second round of pilot studies in both local (Decatur, Georgia) and international (Lukasa, Zambia) communities before scaling to larger areas.

What We Do

Wish For WASH designs toilets to bring improved sanitation to those who lack this basic human need. Through our designs, we are reducing the spread of WASH related diseases using a cost-efficient, sustainable, and culturally sensitive product. Our Engineers Without Boarders teams are designing waste treatment systems for the toilet as well as encasing structures that will house the toilet.

Project Status

Last year, we made great progress in our toilet designs. As we carry on this year, we will finish designing our waste treatment system and have a product that is ready for implementation in both local and international communities by early spring.



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