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, Co-Founder

Our Story

 

Patricia Arquette and Rosetta Getty founded GiveLove to assist displaced children and families after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The urgent need for emergency shelters and sanitation in the tent camps led to our pilot projects to refurbish shipping containers and test small-scale, decentralized composting projects. Over two-dozen dedicated volunteers have worked with GiveLove since we began our relief, sanitation, and construction projects in Haiti. GiveLove’s work is supported by hundreds of people through private donations. Since September 2012, The Santo Household Toilet project , has been funded in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

Our Mission

 

To introduce low-cost compost toilets and increase toilet coverage

in order to reduce cholera and diarrhea and improve hygiene.

 

To reduce Haiti’s reliance on chemical fertilizers by producing high-value compost products to improve soil and revitalize the agriculture sector.

 

To provide Haitian people with practical skills and training.

 

To change attitudes about human waste & increase awareness about sustainable land-use practices — integrating agendas to improve public health, food security and agricultural development through education and skills training.

 

To Promote Eco-San as a viable solution to water-based sanitation systems.

 

 

Blog: What's Happening Now

 

March 1, 2014:

That's me (Alisa Keesey) in our first mature compost pile at Santo yesterday. We're going to harvest this weekend. This pile started as a shit layer cake. It got very hot - over 160 degrees F. It stayed hot for about a year. Nature ran its course with a little help. The compost matured...It cooled down, and now it's very nice dirt. Pretty simple stuff really… more people should try it. Our compost team was so excited they didn't care that I was wearing wedges.