What is GoClean?
Did you know that out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones but only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets? Intestinal disease caused by contaminated water is the highest killer of children (Approximately 2 million) and adults (2-4 million) in the developing world.
In Rwanda, because flush toilets require scarce water, pit toilets and improperly built septic tanks are often the rule.
GoClean is an organization that is dedicated to saving lives by providing clean sanitation and water, through “point of use” water purification and sewage technologies as well as education and training. It was founded by Elizabeth Primus, a hydro-geologist, in 2011. Elizabeth decided to study hydrology because she wanted to dig wells for people who need water. Her hydro-geology professor once said "many of you are going to end up as sewage engineers, but that's OK because sewage engineers have saved more lives than doctors." At the time she didn't think he was talking about her but after studying the problems with the water in Rwanda she realized that you can’t combat the diseases associated with contaminated water until you deal with sanitation issues. Specifically the cross contamination between sewage and drinking water.
GoClean is training people in Rwanda to build basins (composting toilets) and leading them to develop businesses building basins and teaching others to do the same. The Bason (waterless toilet), developed by Johan van Lengen is a prototype based on technology diffused worldwide, transforming human waste into organic fertilizer. It is "waterless" because there is no use of water to flush and it is compostable once it passes a biochemical process where microorganisms and bacteria convert the waste into organic fertilizer without pathogens. It is "ecological" because of its natural biological cycles that do not pollute the environment. The Bason is inexpensive, costing an average of 70 USD to build and it is simple to build.
Furthermore, GoClean is partnering with B9Plastics and Sawyer water filters to provide people with point of use water purification technology. One out of five people in East Africa dies from water contaminated by sewage and many more are sickened every day.The need for clean water and waste management in Rwanda is paramount. GoClean needs ongoing support for travel and supplies. This organization has the potential to benefit thousands of people.
How Can You Help?
-Pray for me and for GoClean
-Donate through the church contribution page (Place Mission Rwanda or GoClean in the memo)
-Spread the word to others who may wish to support efforts to provide and maintain clean water
-Buy jewelry from my etsy site (all profits from the sale of jewelry will go to the trip expenses)
How Can You Learn more?
Visit my facebook page at GoClean: Clean Water for Rwanda.