In 2015, Sweet Progress successfully launched its first Green School in Tipitapa — providing clean compost toilets for 350 kids. Together with GiveLove we’re expanding our skills training program to 50 families in the area, to teach people how to manage their own sanitation needs. Sweet Progress works with women, disadvantaged teenagers, and young adults in Tipitapa to support agricultural-based livelihoods and create employment opportunities through bio-intensive farming methods and beekeeping. In 2016, we’ll work with Sweet Progress to adapt an Agricultural Leadership program based on the Future Farmers of America (FFA) model in collaboration with Penn State University. GiveLove’s EcoSan Training program compliments their courses in bio-intensive farming and sustainable land-use by teaching people how to manage their own low-cost sanitation systems, and improving land fertility with organic fertilizers. Humanure composting can also protect water resources from contamination resulting from poorly constructed latrines and open defecation. Our partnership with Sweet Progress provides technical skills and professional training for families and teens in Tipitapa caught in a cycle of extreme poverty. We’re excited to find ways to develop local economies around safe sanitation and sustainable agriculture, and to expand our training of trainers program to other parts of the country.
Based in Bluefields, BlueEnergy brings energy, water, and sanitation solutions to some of the world’s most isolated and marginalized communities on the Caribbean coast within the context of climate change. The organization has a stellar track record mobilizing communities by fostering local action and resiliency, environmental sustainability and participatory development. Their local and international teams manage a wide range of projects, including: well drilling and community water management, urine-diversion toilets, bio-digesters, bio-intensive farming, and international development internships. In May 2015, GiveLove spent four weeks at the BlueEnergy headquarters working with their team to improve the management of vault latrines, and explore secondary composting and humanure systems. GiveLove is committed to working with BlueEnergy on a regional plan to develop appropriate sanitation solutions as they confront the unique climatic challenges, and water scarcity issues on the tropical Atlantic coast. By linking sanitation and water issues to broader discussions of climate change, GiveLove and BlueEnergy will help shape local dialogue and action on water scarcity and pollution issues.