Youth Volunteering Day

Volunteer on April 13th from 10:00 am to noon, and help to build a new biosand filter, which will be displayed publicly in Calgary.

Volunteer on April 13th from 10:00 am to noon, and help to build a new biosand filter, which will be displayed publicly in Calgary.

Volunteers will have the chance to meet CAWST staff and hear about their various roles, learn about the biosand filter, and contribute towards our public engagement campaign. Sign Up Here!

CAWST in the News: ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 for 2019

Happy International Development Week! CAWST is pleased to highlight the up-and-comers in international development featured in this year’s ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 magazine. One of our staff and one of our volunteers made the list!

Happy International Development Week!

As a member organization of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), CAWST is excited to highlight the up-and-comers in international development who are acknowledged in the ACGC 2019 Top 30 Under 30 magazine. This publication is released annually to share stories of people from Alberta, and those working with their member organizations abroad, who are acting on solutions to the development challenges we face globally. This year, the theme for International Development Week and the ACGC Top 30 is SDG 5: Gender Equality.

It is inspiring and encouraging to learn about the outstanding achievements of these 30 young people who are acting on their vision of a brighter future for our world. We are especially proud that two of our very own -Stephanie Southgate, who is one of our staff members, and Gideon Mentie, one of our public engagement volunteers- are among those recognized in the 2019 ACGC Top 30 Under 30.

Congratulations to all of them!

 

Stephanie Southgate, our Wavemakers Program Manager, is recognized for her outstanding work engaging youth to take action on water, sanitation and hygiene. Through Wavemakers workshops and mentoring, Stephanie has sparked passion and inspired action of thousands of youth in Alberta, increasing awareness of gender equality through access to safe drinking water and safely managed sanitation.

 

 

 

 

 

Gideon Mentie is one of CAWST’s volunteers, supporting Wavemakers and other public engagement activities, while he pursues his civil engineering degree at the University of Calgary. A former Junior Citizen of the Year in Brooks, Gideon aspires to be a changemaker in water resource management and is especially driven to working towards a world where public institutions, such as schools and hospitals, have safe drinking water and medical equipment sterilization.

On behalf of CAWST, congratulations to Stephanie and Gideon on their well-deserved acknowledgement. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with ACGC and our fellow members to encourage young leaders like Stephanie and Gideon, as we all work together to achieve the Global Goals.

Get #DevInspired this International Development Week and read the latest ACGC Top 30 Under 30 magazine here.

Want to meet these young leaders, along with many more? Join us for an evening of celebration of youth action on access to safe drinking water and sanitation, March 19 from 5 to 7 pm, for World Water Day.

Program Manager, Youth Wavemakers

Do you have the ability to engage youth and motivate them to take meaningful action? Manage this successful program and help build a world where youth become lifelong champions in addressing water and sanitation challenges! Since the program started, Wavemakers alumni have reached over 100,000 Canadians with their water action projects.

The Program Manager, Youth Wavemakers is full-time position within the Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives department. In this role, you will help to deliver CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers Program. CAWST’s Wavemakers program is offered to elementary, junior high, high schools and post secondary institutions to educate, inspire and catalyze action on global water and sanitation issues. This school-year Wavemakers is expanding its strategy to include more direct-to-youth services, including the development of a youth council and volunteer opportunities. As program manager, you will support the design of this strategy and be responsible for its execution. You have the ability to engage youth and motivate them to take meaningful action and get involved with CAWST. You will also deliver services to educators and support them to engage youth.

The Position: Program Manager, Youth Wavemakers

Reports to: Director of Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives

Type: Full time, permanent

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with occasional 2-4 day trips within Alberta and BC

Compensation: Salary will be discussed in the personal interview. Please include salary expectations in your cover letter

Position start date: As soon as possible

Application Due Date: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Only resumes of applicants who are legally permitted to work in Canada will be reviewed

 

Position Summary

The Program Manager, Youth Wavemakers is full-time position within the Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives department. In this role, you will help to deliver CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers Program. CAWST’s Wavemakers program is offered to elementary, junior high, high schools, and post secondary institutions to educate, inspire, and catalyze action on global water and sanitation issues. This school-year Wavemakers is expanding its strategy to include more direct-to-youth services, including the development of a youth council and volunteer opportunities. As program manager, you will support the design of this strategy and be responsible for its execution. You have the ability to engage youth and motivate them to take meaningful action and get involved with CAWST. You will also deliver services to educators and support them to engage youth.


Responsibilities 

  1. Program management
  • Manage the program budget
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with workshops, booths and other program activities as required
  • Support fund development with grant applications to maintain program funding
  • Evaluate the impact of the program by coordinating the annual Performance Indicator survey and Wavemakers Annual Report
  • Develop and maintain key external relationships and collaborations (educators, Board of Education, partners, funders)

 

  1. Marketing
  • Market the program to educators in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario
  • Create demand for youth and young adult resources
  • Work with the web development team to keep the Wavemakers website up to date
  • Host booths at events that target youth, such as the Mayor’s Environmental Expo

 

  1. Program Execution 
  • Coordinate the annual Wavemakers Summit in October and support the execution of the World Water Day celebration in March
  • Recruit and mentor Canadian youth teams to carry out action projects and manage the associated action grants (where applicable)
  • Schedule and deliver workshops to schools and youth groups in the Calgary area
  • Engage youth through various channels, including volunteer positions, social media, and other youth programs
  • Support the design and revision of educator’s resources targeted to elementary, junior high, high school, and post secondary audiences
  • Deliver professional development support and workshops to educators
  • Form CAWST’s first Youth Council (a team of dedicated young adults who will participate in helping CAWST achieve its vision through public engagement and fundraising)

 

Any other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, teacher’s certificate, or equivalent training in a relevant discipline

 

Experience

Ideal candidates have the following experience:

  • Related experience in education (minimum 2 years)
  • Experience engaging youth outside of the school context
  • Experience in public speaking or facilitating workshops
  • Experience coordinating events and/or program administration
  • Preferred experience travelling or working in low and middle-income countries
  • Proficiency using Windows-based computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency using social media as a tool for public engagement

 

Skills and Attributes

  • Passion for CAWST and our cause!
  • Excellent written and verbal English
  • Ability to develop concise and effective messaging for youth
  • Creative and entrepreneurial in developing new ways to engage youth
  • Project management skills. Enjoys handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
  • Interpersonal: Build rapport to engage and motivate youth and establish long-term relationships.
  • Mentorship skills: Ability to work closely with youth to develop their skills and capacity to take meaningful action
  • Service oriented: Supporting educators and youth who participate in the Wavemakers program
  • Team player: An accomplished professional who can work well both independently and within a team
  • Problem solver: Able to think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, and seek support when necessary
  • Attention to detail: Able to manage all components down to the last detail
  • Analytical capability: Assess opportunities and make recommendations
  • Computer skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office and some digital tools

 

Additional Requirements

  • A valid driver’s licence and vehicle are required
  • The successful candidate must provide a criminal record check before employment begins

 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and completed questionnaire via LinkedIn. No phone calls please. Only those candidates able to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those granted an interview will be contacted.

 

Questionnaire

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Be as specific as possible and try to keep each answer under half a page.

  1. What has motivated you to consider working at CAWST?
  2. What is the most effective way to engage youth to take action on local and global water issues?
  3. How would you most effectively attract and engage educators into CAWST’s Wavemakers program?
  4. What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity that focuses on the principle that safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty. CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries through education, training, and consulting services. Since 2001, CAWST’s global client network, including governments, community-based charitable organizations, local enterprises, international development agencies, and educational institutions, has helped 14.9 million people in 87 countries get better water or sanitation.

  • Our vision is a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.
  • Our mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and to act as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes. We employ people based on education, ability, knowledge, experience, and suitability to the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Our office is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is easily accessed by transit. We offer competitive salaries and benefits packages for our employees.

The Financial Post newspaper named CAWST one of the Top 23 Charities in Canada in 2017. Read the article.


CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers Program

Youth Wavemakers is a program of CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology). The Wavemakers program was created in 2008 to inform, engage, encourage action, and celebrate the impact that youth are having in addressing global and local water and sanitation issues. Our program envisions a world where youth are lifelong champions in addressing water and sanitation challenges. Since the program started, Wavemakers alumni have reached over 100,000 Canadians with their water action projects.

This Canadian program offers awareness and action tools for educators and youth. We provide educators with resources to engage and inspire their class, such as lesson plans, games, action planning tools, as well as action project opportunities and grants. Action projects kick-start with a Wavemakers Summit in October. We educate and mentor youth who participate in the Wavemakers Summit to design, manage, and execute water and sanitation action projects. They are eligible to receive a grant to implement their local and global action project throughout the school year. Wavemakers’ learning and achievements culminate with a World Water Day project showcase event in March. Year-round, the Wavemakers program delivers in-class workshops for students in Calgary. For teachers who want to learn how to integrate global and local water issues into their curriculum, we offer professional development workshops throughout Western Canada, and a Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) Environmental Stewardship: Water and Sanitation online course.

Hope, happiness, and health through water knowledge

To celebrate International Development Week (IDW), here’s an inspiring story of how Canada is helping to address water, sanitation, and hygiene issues around the world! It begins and ends in Afghanistan, and involves not just Canada but also Denmark and Pakistan.

Every year, the first full week of February marks International Development Week (IDW), which highlights Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance. To celebrate IDW, we are excited to share this inspiring story of how, through CAWST’s work developing capacity of local training organizations and WET Centre partners, Canada is helping to address water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues around the world. It begins and ends in Afghanistan, and involves not just Canada but also Pakistan and Denmark.

 

I heard this story shortly after joining CAWST, on a work trip to Afghanistan, where I was offering training and consulting support. On meeting DACAAR’s Deputy WET Centre Manager, Dr. Shir Ahmed, we talked about work and family. He has six children; I have one. When I asked Dr. Ahmed what motivates him daily in his difficult line of work, he showed me these photos and shared the story behind them.

 

Afghanistan, circa 2009

For three years, Bismillah searched for a doctor who could explain why his daughter, Tabbasum, so frequently suffered from diarrhea and abdominal bloating. Although he regularly sacrificed going to work to take care of his daughter, he was helpless in stopping her health from deteriorating. “I am only a stonemason so my daily income was not enough to cover both my family’s needs and Tabbasum’s treatment,” Bismillah told Dr. Ahmed. “I was facing a huge problem because I had to feed my family but I was forced to choose between making a living and taking care of my daughter.” She would recover for a while after taking medications, only to get sick again and again. Whatever the root cause was, medicines were not stopping it.

As fathers ourselves, Dr. Ahmed and I could not begin to imagine Bismillah’s despair and helplessness, watching his daughter grow weaker day by day, and having to choose between working and taking care of his daughter, between food and medication. A common problem in low and middle-income countries, diarrhea can be deadly. It kills 842,000 people every year, including 1,000 children under 5 each day. [1]


This pond in a village in northern Afghanistan is a water source for many local families. The water is sometimes consumed untreated. 

Through chronic diarrhea, young Tabbasum’s health became so poor that her father feared he might lose her at any moment.

Nobody in his circle of friends and family knew what to do, but Bismillah heard about a good doctor who lived in Pakistan. Desperate to save his daughter’s life, he decided to travel 700 km over mountainous terrain to find him. He found a doctor who explained that his daughter’s illness was caused by drinking contaminated water. When he returned, Bismillah had a clear diagnosis, although he wasn’t sure what -if anything- he could possibly do about it, with his limited financial resources.

From Denmark and Canada, 2012

It was at this point that hope arrived. Hygiene educators from the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) visited Bismillah’s village, to share knowledge on affordable household water treatment methods.

Does the name DACAAR ring a bell? Perhaps it’s because we often talk about them: DACAAR is our WET Centre partner in Afghanistan. Our organizations launched this partnership in 2011. DACAAR is among the largest WASH-focused agencies in Afghanistan; they have worked there since 1984. So far, more than 1.2 million people have better water or sanitation as a result of projects implemented by DACAAR’s clients. Bismallah is one of them.

Afghanistan, 2013

Thanks to the knowledge he gained from the DACAAR hygiene educators, Bismillah gradually learned how to protect the water source, how to treat and safely store water, and how to build, use and maintain a biosand filter in his home. Since then, Tabassum and her family don’t have to drink untreated water anymore! They also benefit from regular visits and ongoing support from DACAAR. Bismallah’s family drinks clean water now, and Tabbasum has recovered her health.


Bismillah and Tabbasum now have access to clean water that is safe to drink.

Happiness

In Arabic, “Tabassum” means smile or happiness. Talk about a fitting name! Hope, happiness and healthy homes are the reasons why I do what I do. I often think about this young father and his daughter, and how water knowledge has made a difference in their lives.

These images inspire me because they illustrate how water knowledge empowers people like Bismillah and Tabbasum to have clean water that is safe to drink. Through our work developing life-saving knowledge and skills via CAWST’s in-country local partnerships and client networks, Canada is helping parents and children in households around the world to have clean, safe water. We are making happiness, hope, and healthy homes a daily possibility for girls like Tabassum.

 
 

Inspired?

 

Suneel Rajavaram, MEng, PGDRM, IPMP, is a Global WASH Advisor on CAWST’s Training and Consulting team. He has worked extensively in providing training and technical support for water and sanitation projects in numerous countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and the USA. Suneel and his wife Padma grew up in India and now live in Canada; they have a son who is studying to become an engineer.


References

[1] Prüss-Ustün, A., Bartram, J., Clasen, T., Colford, J. M., Cumming, O., Curtis, V., et al. (2014). Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 19(8), 894–905. http://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.12329

World Water Day Event Support

CAWST’s annual World Water Day event offers an opportunity to explore local and global water issues, with a showcase of CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers action projects. The event takes place from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at SAIT.  Volunteers are crucial to the success of our events, and we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our World Water Day team.

Purpose of the Role:

CAWST’s annual World Water Day event offers an opportunity to explore local and global water issues, with a showcase of CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers action projects. The event takes place from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at SAIT.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of our events, and we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our World Water Day team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Photographers (2 positions, 4:30-7)

  • Capture the excitement of the event for CAWST publications and social media
  • Photography experience is required
  • CAWST can provide a digital SLR camera

Photo Booth (2 positions, 4:00-7:30)

  • Set up and take down the photo booth
  • Encourage attendees to use the photo booth
  • Assist attendees in picking out props and arranging the shot

Registration and Information Booth (3 positions, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm)

  • Support set-up and take down of Registration Booth
  • Welcome attendees and provide an overview of the evening
  • Maintain guest list and attendee numbers
  • Explain water droplet activity to guests, and hand out paper water drops

Kids Colouring Table (2 positions, 4:00 – 7:30 pm)

  • Support the set up and take down of the kids colouring table
  • Assist children with colouring and giving out stamps
  • Facilitate the 3 pile sort game
  • Maintain a safe environment for young kids

Make Your Own Button Booth (2 positions, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm)

  • Support the set up and take down of the Make your Own Button Booth
  • Help attendees make their own buttons
  • Maintain a safe environment for young kids

Get Involved Table (2 positions, 4:00pm -7:30pm)

  • Encourage guests to Pledge to Take Action
  • Let people know how they can get involved with CAWST

Poop Toss Table (1 position, 4:00-7:30)

  • Assist kids (and adults) with our fun and engaging poop toss table activity
  • Share knowledge on the relationship between sanitation and safe drinking water

Walter the Water Drop or Icky the Poo Mascots (2 positions, 5:00-7:00)

  • Wear our Walter the Water Drop Costume, or Icky the Poo Costume
  • Circulate around the event, giving high-fives to young kids and posing in pictures when requested

Take Down (3 positions, 7:00- 8:00)

  • Support CAWST staff to take down the event
  • Support the Youth Wavemakers in packing up their materials
  • Ensure that event space is properly prepared and safe for the general public, and that a ‘leave no trace’ policy is adhered to at the end of day

Orientation and Training:

A mandatory one-hour orientation held at the CAWST office in Calgary, or delivered through a webinar (to be determined depending on availability).

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Outgoing and engaging
  • Ability to lift and carry (set up & take down teams: up to 50 pounds)
  • Knowledge about CAWST or a willingness to learn about our organization
  • Knowledge about the international WASH sector, and/or international development issues

Department and Supervision:  Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives

Location: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Irene Lewis Atrium, Stan Grad Centre, Building M on the SAIT Campus Map

Parking:

  • The closest parking lot is P2. Your parking will be free for the event. More details to come. Volunteers are also encouraged to take the C-train as there is a stop located at SAIT.

Time Requirements:

  • Event: Tuesday March 19, 4:00 – 8:00 pm (Time varies with volunteer roles)

Application:

If you are already a CAWST volunteer, and you wish to apply for this volunteer position, you can sign up for a shift or contact Amanda Deis at adeis@cawst.org with the title of the volunteer position you are applying for in the subject line.  If you are new to CAWST, please complete the Volunteer Sign up Form so we can get you started!

Additional comments:       

All CAWST volunteers are invited to participate in a 4 day training workshop of their choice after completion of 40 volunteer hours.  CAWST welcomes volunteers searching for work experience, and is happy to provide letters of reference to interested volunteers.

World Water Day: Youth Taking Action

Join us to Paint it Blue and celebrate local youth taking action on global water issues. On March 19, from 5 – 7 pm CAWST partners with SAIT for a World Water Day showcase of youth action on water solutions. Located at SAIT’s Irene Lewis Atrium.

Join us to Paint it Blue and celebrate local youth taking action on global water issues. On March 19, from 5 – 7 pm CAWST partners with SAIT for a World Water Day showcase of youth action on water solutions and ways that you can get involved. Enjoy interactive displays, delicious snacks, and engaging speakers. This is an all-ages event at SAIT’s Irene Lewis Atrium, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 0L4.

A Toast to David Manz, Humanitarian Superhero

Colleagues, friends and family gathered recently to celebrate Dr. David Manz, CAWST’s co-founder and the inventor of the revolutionary biosand filter that has been instrumental in providing clean water to millions of people all over the world.

“Dave’s a humanitarian superhero,” says John Clayton, Director of Programs with Samaritan’s Purse Canada, about Dr. David Manz; inventor, humanitarian, and co-founder of CAWST.

David Manz, AOE, inventor of the biosand filter and founder of CAWST

Colleagues, friends and family gathered recently to celebrate Dr. David Manz, inventor of the revolutionary biosand filtration technology that’s been instrumental in providing clean water to millions of people all over the world. The evening was much more than a celebration of Dave as a “superhero;” it celebrated the extended network of people who support and believe in a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.

Emceed by Rick Castiglione, the evening hosted about 150 people hearing stories about Manz, his biosand filter, and the lasting impacts of his humanitarian legacy. “Superhero Dave’s archvillain is the femme fatale, acute diarrhea, and his superhero suit is made of ‘schmutzdeke’ (meaning dirty blanket) that repels all the villainous pathogens,” says Clayton affectionately.

The praise for Dr. Manz was long, and heartfelt. “I’m really touched to be part of this,” says Shauna Curry, CAWST CEO. “The very essence of CAWST’s vision surrounds David’s invention and his willingness to share it.”

a festive ice biosand filter made by CAWST staff
Yes, that’s an ice biosand filter made by our staff.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi conveyed his kind words in a video message.

CAWST’s co-founder, Camille Dow-Baker, also sent her admiration from her home in Tobago: “On behalf of millions of people, thank you David for caring so much.”

The mood was festive as people mingled and enjoyed a delicious assortment of appetizers, drinks and an ice biosand filter display. The most special moments were the shared stories of personal times with Manz, and the impact of water knowledge and the biosand filter.

The crowd was treated to a mix of past students, friends, and colleagues taking turns at the mic sharing their stories of their work and friendship with Dr. Manz. “Dr. Manz was not just innovative. He faced the impossible, and proved its possibilities,” said Candice Young-Rojanschi, Knowledge & Research Advisor at CAWST, whose doctoral research involved the biosand filter and household water treatment.

Barry Stewart and his wife Pat were part of the well-wishers. “I had the honour of being the first chairman of the board at CAWST, back in 2001,” says Barry. “It’s really exciting to be here and see the progress and success.”

The sense of belonging to something much greater than ourselves was clear at the event. It honoured the many ways many people share the Gift of Water knowledge, from supporting CAWST, to dispersing biosand filters internationally, to being the supportive family of someone like Dr. Manz.

“Dr. Manz was not just innovative. He faced the impossible, and proved its possibilities,” says Candice Young-Rojanschi“Dr. Manz was not just innovative. He faced the impossible, and proved its possibilities,” said Candice Young-Rojanschi, Knowledge & Research Advisor at CAWST

Recently inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence, Dr. David Manz has been sharing the Gift of Water knowledge for more than 30 years now. Over those years, he has collected friends and followers who contribute to and are part of this global community.

CAWST’s Tal Woolsey summed up the evening: “As David often says: ‘If you could do something good, why wouldn’t you?’”

 

 


Learn more about how you can do something good today too.

Photos by Lindsay Sullivan, one of our talented volunteers.

All in a clay’s work for clean water with ceramic pot filters

In partnership with Potters for Peace, CAWST co-developed and co-delivered an intensive course on ceramic pot filter production. Ceramic pot filters are an affordable technology that can be locally produced. When implemented correctly, consistently, and continuously, they provide safe drinking water at the point-of-use. 

Ceramic Pot Water Filter - CAWST
Producing quality ceramic pot filters requires specialized skills. Developing technical household water treatment knowledge and skills, and sharing them with others? That’s right in CAWST’s wheelhouse.

In partnership with Potters for Peace, CAWST co-developed a hands-on course in Ceramic Pot Filter production, and last September we co-facilitated it together at Adamah Art Studios in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA. We designed this two-week intensive course to address a lack of quality ceramic pot filters, misconceptions about scope and investment required to start a ceramic filter factory, and to provide timely and efficient technical support. Through this course, participants learned how to establish a ceramic pot water filter factory from the ground up, improve an existing one, or prepare to work globally to increase water quality. Check out a blog post and photo album on the Potters for Peace website.

The course was a huge success! Twelve people attended; some as part of organizations, and some as individuals. They came from all around the world: Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Puerto Rico, the USA, and Canada. Equipped with fresh insights, connections, knowledge, and skills, they are planning to open factories in the Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, and the DRC.

This workshop was the culmination of two years of teamwork between Potters for Peace and CAWST”, says Lisa Mitchell, Director of Training & Consulting at CAWST. “Ceramic pot filters are an affordable technology that can be locally produced. When implemented correctly, consistently, and continuously, they provide safe drinking water at the point-of-use. In addition to increasing the knowledge and skills of participants in ceramic filter production, the course created a strong network of individuals who will support one another in starting and improving filter factories.

Learn more about ceramic pot water filters

Locally produced ceramics have been used to filter water for hundreds of years. Water is poured into a porous ceramic filter pot and is collected in another container after it passes through the ceramic pot. This system also provides safe storage until the water is used. Ceramic pot filters are usually made from clay mixed with a combustible material like sawdust or rice husks. Pots are coated in colloidal silver to provide an added layer of protection. Colloidal silver is an antibacterial that helps in pathogen inactivation, as well as preventing growth of bacteria within the filter itself.

In response to high demand, we’ll be offering this workshop again in 2019. Interested in signing up for the next one? Sign up for quarterly technical WASH updates or free webinars, and add our upcoming workshops page to your bookmarks.

Are you looking to train others on ceramic pot filters? Our open-content education and training resources, including a Ceramic Pot Filter Fact Sheet are just a click away on CAWST’s WASH resources website. You can also find -and share!- lots of technical information on ceramic pot filters and other household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) products and technologies in our HWTS Knowledge base at hwts.info.

 

Looking for technical WASH support?

We’re here to help:

  • Contact CAWST for support on using and adapting our education and training resources for your work.
  • Contact Potters for Peace for support in establishing or improving a ceramic filter production facility.

Multibarrier approach to HWTS - Ceramic Pot Filter

Global Learning Advisor

Do you want to support clients to provide effective training on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Are you looking for a new challenge and a novel way to apply your instructional design, training, and facilitation skills? We are looking for an exceptional individual with experience in training, instructional design, water, and sanitation, to develop the capacity of our clients globally.

Do you want to support clients to provide effective training on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Are you looking for a new challenge and a novel way to apply your instructional design, training, and facilitation skills? We are looking for an exceptional individual with experience in training, instructional design, water, and sanitation, to build the capacity of our clients globally.

The Position: Global Learning Advisor.

Reports to: Directors of Training and Consulting.

Type: Full time, permanent.

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. International travel is typically four trips per year. Up to 50% of your time will be spent overseas.

Compensation: Salary will be discussed in the personal interview. Please include salary expectations in your cover letter.

Position start date: As soon as possible.

Application Due Date: Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Only resumes of applicants who are legally permitted to work in Canada will be reviewed.

 

Position Summary

The Global Learning Advisor is part of CAWST’s Training and Consulting team. In this position, you will work directly with clients and staff to increase their capacity to effectively design, develop, deliver, and evaluate WASH training. You will support trainers to improve their skills through a competency development process and work with clients to co-develop training materials. You will feedback these experiences to our Research & Learning and our Virtual Services teams, to support them in the design of relevant and timely online and face-to-face training materials.

This is a demanding role that requires a creative, motivated, and enthusiastic individual who wants to contribute to building the capacity of WASH educators globally. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of instructional design, with a focus on content for global audiences, as well as extensive experience developing and delivering workshops or courses for participants from low-income countries.


Specific Areas of Responsibility

  1. Training, Coaching, and Mentoring (40%)
  • Train partners, clients and staff using a variety of methods including workshops, mentoring, peer support, and apprenticeship to effectively:
    • deliver workshops on WASH
    • design workshops on WASH
    • adapt or customize content for a specific client context
  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships, building and sustaining credibility with your clients and potential clients.
  • Support CAWST staff to effectively deliver online and face-to-face training in WASH.
  • Contribute to the delivery of our semi-annual Learning Exchanges to support professional development, knowledge sharing, and feedback within CAWST and client networks.
  • Prepare and deliver webinars, online courses, and training workshops.

 

  1. Instructional Design (20%)
  • Support the design, development, evaluation, and improvement of CAWST’s education and training materials.
  • Develop competency frameworks for different roles in the WASH sector.
  • Develop online and face-to-face training programs for effective knowledge transfer that results in action leading to safe water and sanitation.
  • Develop digital learning tools suitable for clients in low-income countries.

 

  1. Developing Capacity of Local Partners (20%)
  • Work with local partner organizations to build their skills and capabilities so they can replicate CAWST’s capacity development services for client organizations.
  • Identify potential new local partner organizations within the region or countries of responsibility.
  • Work together with local partner organizations to develop strategy and plans, and seek funding for their development.
  • Act as project manager, as appropriate, and take responsibility for the capacity development process with the local partner.

 

  1. Business Development (15% of the time)
  • Research and prepare country and regional strategies.
  • Develop a strong understanding of country contexts, client organizations, and key water and sanitation issues.
  • Identify potential training, networking, and client support opportunities.
  • Seek funding to support your operations plan, working closely with the Fund Development team.
  • Contribute to funding proposals that include programs in your region or area of expertise.
  • Develop relationships with potential funders in your countries of responsibility.

 

  1. Operations Planning, Reporting (~5% of the time)
  • Develop and execute strategies and plans to develop leading, water, sanitation, and hygiene education and training programs.
  • Understand and contribute as appropriate to CAWST’s operations and business services cycle (e.g., department operations planning, monthly operations reports, budget reconciliations, timesheets, and trip reports).

Any other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

 

Education

  • A bachelor’s or graduate degree in instructional design, education, adult education, or equivalent.
  • Preference given to those with a second degree, diploma, or equivalent training in engineering, science, or public health.
  • Certified Training and Development Practitioner (CTDP) designation is an asset.

 

Experience

Ideal candidates have the following experience:

  • International development and education (2-5 years) with focus on at least one of the following areas: capacity development, participatory training, instructional design, effective facilitation skills, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating participatory adult learning workshops or courses.
  • Working in water, sanitation, and hygiene sector in low-income countries is an asset.
  • Experience designing and delivering online training is an asset.

 

Skills and Attributes

You are well suited for this role if you are:

  • Passionate about safe water and sanitation, and your values align with CAWST’s mission and vision.
  • Able to communicate complex ideas in simple and engaging ways.
  • Able to think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, and seek support when necessary.
  • Innovative, flexible, and open to change.
  • Able to balance and manage your own workload according to established business priorities and timelines.
  • Professional and diplomatic; work well independently, within teams, and across teams.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility with others.
  • Proficient in MS Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

 

Language

  • Excellent communications in English and French, written and verbal, with the ability to target a variety of cross-cultural audiences.
  • Fluent written and spoken Spanish is an asset.

 

To Apply

Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and completed questionnaire to cawstHR@cawst.org. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Only resumes from candidates legally permitted to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

Questionnaire

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Be as specific as possible and try to keep each answer under half a page.

  1. What has motivated you to consider working at CAWST?
  2. What excites you most about this particular role at CAWST?
  3. What is your philosophy on education and training? Please support your answer with an example you have of developing and delivering face-to-face training, preferably for an audience in a low-income country.
  4. What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity that focuses on the principle that safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty. CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries through education, training, and consulting services. Since 2001, CAWST’s global client network, including governments, community-based charitable organizations, local enterprises, international development agencies, and educational institutions, has helped 14.9 million people get better water or sanitation.

  • Our vision is a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.
  • Our mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and to act as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

The Financial Post newspaper named CAWST one of the Top 23 Charities in Canada in 2017. Read the article.

Testing the Wash’Em tools in the acute phase of a cholera outbreak

Tom Heath, WASH Technical Advisor at Action contre la Faim, is one of the key team members in the WASH’Em project. In this blog post, Tom shares his recent experience in Zimbambwe testing the WASH’Em Rapid Assessment Tools.

Tom Heath, WASH Technical Advisor at Action contre la Faim, is one of the key team members in the WASH’Em project. In this blog post, Tom shares his recent experience in Zimbambwe testing the WASH’Em Rapid Assessment Tools.

I’ve been working in the WASH sector for 9 years across 12 countries. Yet, one thing that hasn’t changed in all this time is the way we do hygiene programs. Whether it is drought response in Ethiopia, conflict response in Iraq, or a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, our hygiene interventions tend to look the same. They involve house to house visits where we teach people about disease transmission. If crisis-affected populations are lucky, we leave them with some soap – if they are less lucky, an educational leaflet. Then Global Handwashing Day rolls around and we organize mass handwashing events in schools and all the children get handwashing themed shirts. Interventions like this are well intended but we have no evidence that they actually work to change behaviour.

As a result of a recent collaboration between Action contre la Faim (ACF), The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) I am optimistic that as a sector we can do better. Now I find myself putting that belief to the test. I am standing next to 200 broiler chickens as we record a middle-aged mother wash her hands in the middle of cholera hot-spot zone in Harare.

Zimbabwe officially declared an outbreak of cholera on September 6th and a week later they elevated this to a state of emergency. Zimbabwe has had a sporadic history of cholera, often linked to economic and political instability – but the last outbreak was a decade ago. As of 28th October this year there were 9850 cases and 46 deaths. Cholera Treatment Centres were in place and there was a plan to reach 1.5 million Zimbabweans with the cholera vaccine. However, to stop an outbreak of this scale we also needed to get people washing their hands with soap. Rather than using the same old hygiene promotion approaches we decided to try something new – the Wash’Em Rapid Assessment Tools. These are a set of five tools which are designed to explore handwashing behavioural determinants and facilitate the design of rapid, evidence-based and context specific programs.

It’s really hard to assess handwashing practice, if you ask, no one will actually admit that they don’t wash their hands. Even if you probe or ask to see the soap, it’s hard to tease out the real practice. So reported behaviour is always much higher than reality. The ‘gold standard’ is to conduct extended observations, but this can still be biased and it is not feasible within the time limitations of emergency program design. Instead the Wash’Em approach includes a Handwashing Demonstration tool.

That’s why I find myself in this lady’s house, videoing her has she lathers her hands with soap and rinses them in the handwashing facility near the toilet. We had asked her to demonstrate how she usually washes her hands after going to the toilet. We don’t expect her to show us ‘normal’ behaviour, instead we assume that she will show us her ideal version of handwashing. Later our team sit around a table in the office and play the video recording back. We are looking for barriers in the physical environment that may prevent her from regularly being able to wash her hands. We notice that her daughter had to bring the soap from inside the house – that doesn’t seem very convenient. We notice that the liquid soap used for handwashing is actually designed for dishwashing – we wonder how often it is used for the former purpose. We also notice that the handwashing basin is actually more of a laundry basin. Does handwashing still happen when neighbours have the sink full of their dirty clothes? We do these handwashing demonstrations with 11 households; some households who had been personally affected by cholera and some who had not. Eleven might seem like a small sample size, certainly smaller than a typical needs assessment survey. But these are qualitative tools and our team were surprised that we had definitely reached saturation point with just these few households – there were clear patterns in the types of infrastructure available, where the soap was kept and how hands were washed. Overall the method itself was easy to do, extremely quick, and much more fun than a standard survey. Analyzing the recordings takes a little while to get the hang of – it requires you to think beyond what you first see. This is why the videos are really helpful. It allowed us to watch the handwashing process repeatedly, as many times as was necessary.

A few compounds away from the chickens, some of the other members of our team are in a household where the husband is recovering from cholera. They are going through the Personal History tool with him. The structured and participatory nature of this tool seems to cut through the guff, clearing the way for honest exchanges. We learn about the man’s hopes and dreams, his social life, how others view him, and how getting cholera has affected his hygiene practices. He explains to us that getting cholera had caused him to revalue many things in life. It made him reprioritize spending time with his family and as such he is cutting back on nights out playing snooker with his mates!

I find myself realizing that in all my years of experience I have never really taken time to learn about the people behind the outbreak. As a sector we rarely put a face to the statistics that we often focus on. By doing this activity with multiple people we became more aware of the sensitivities of program design in an emergency like this. We tried to think of ways that we could bring out the voices and perspectives of cholera cases during our intervention.

We get back to the car and catch up with the members of our team who were conducting the focus group discussions. I ask them about one of methods they tried with their participants – the Motives tool. “It was out of this world!” they exclaim! As part of this activity participants are introduced to character cards, each with different personalities. The group then rank the characters in order, from the person who is most likely to wash their hands to the person who is least likely. Is it the person who is a good parent, the person who is well educated, or the person who values looking nice? The tool plays with stereotypes and you get a lively discussion. The male focus group was particularly dynamic and ended up sharing stories about similar people in their community in order to explain the order they had chosen. Why does all this matter? This tool helps you identify the goal-oriented motives driving handwashing behaviour. Knowing this can help you tell stories which will inspire the population you are working with to wash their hands.

In the focus group discussions we also tried the two other tools – Risk Perceptions and Touchpoints. In the Risk Perception activity participants are asked to use a coloured scale to describe their perceived vulnerability and susceptibility to cholera. The team explain to me that the two focus groups responded very differently to this activity. In the first group people were worried about other health issues like TB and cancer. Several participants explained that in their view cholera is a spiritual matter, a curse that can only be prevented through prayer. In sharp contrast, another group included two people who had experienced cholera within their households and they were very afraid.

The last tool, Touchpoints, is very intervention focused and helps you to identify the delivery channels that will be best placed to reach your population. We learned that in this urban area almost everyone watches TV and listens to radio, and most households have one person with a smartphone. Newspapers, on the other hand, were only for the rich, We also learned that in urban areas like this, community meetings didn’t happen in a centralized formal space. Before using this tool, we had had an idea to do outreach at bus stops. Fortunately, this is one of the delivery channels assessed by the Touchpoints tool, which corroborated our idea. It seems that no matter who you are -man, woman or child- you make your way through a bus stop most days. This, we decided, was going to be the focus of our intervention.

An effective emergency response requires managing competing priorities. When I had first arrived in Harare I immediately felt that familiar pressure of needing to act – feeling like I was there to save lives and that there could be no delay. With many other tasks calling out to me it was tempting to push the Wash’Em tools aside and just go with our normal programming approach. But having seen so many hygiene programs done badly I knew that actually we may not be running out there to save lives – we may be running out there to no effect at all. It took me half a day to train my team on the Wash’Em tools and just one day to collect the data with a team of six – in my mind that is an acceptable and effective use of time in any response.

I loved using the Wash’Em rapid assessment tools. Our team worked together to translate the findings into an intervention with some support from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We returned with our data on Thursday and by Monday we had a full outline of what we were going to do. We are now incorporating these ideas into our existing program.


About this project

“This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Action contre la Faim (ACF), The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

 

Peer to peer learning, innovation, and sanitation in Senegal

Happy World Toilet Day from CAWST!

This week CAWST team members Sterenn Philippe, Kelly James, and Romain Villiers were in Dakar, hosting a working session for pit latrine emptiers. Through this work, they are designing capacity development tools to help equip key professionals along the sanitation value chain with the competencies that are necessary to deliver high quality non-sewered sanitation services.

Emptiers are key actors in the non-sewered sanitation service chain. In the picture, a pit latrine emptier in Senegal performs the important task of emptying and transporting fecal sludge. Capacity development and learning exchanges, such as the one we are hosting in Senegal this week, support emptiers to carry out this vital work safely, providing high quality, integrated emptying services. This also furthers greater understanding and appreciation for emptiers’ valuable and essential contribution to public health.

Health and safety in non-sewered sanitation is a key capacity need. There’s much more to know about sanitation than just toilets – or latrines, for that matter. In a non-sewered sanitation service chain (also called a non-sewered sanitation system), a latrine is just the first step: a user interface. The other steps in the sanitation value chain are: (2) excreta storage, (3) emptying and transport, (4) treatment, and (5) use or disposal. Fecal sludge management encompasses the last three steps. Although it is often overlooked, emptying is a critical step in managing fecal sludge safely.

The safe management of human excreta through fecal sludge management protects public health by protecting the water source, preventing excreta from contaminating the environment and breaking the cycle of disease.

Non-sewered sanitation system - CAWST
The non-sewered sanitation chain: user interface, excreta storage, emptying and transport, treatment, and use or disposal.

 

We’re full of love for emptiers

Here’s to all emptiers worldwide, and to everyone, everywhere who works in the often unglamorous sanitation sector. From all of us at CAWST, we appreciate the work that you do to contribute to better health globally. On World Toilet Day, and every day, we celebrate and cherish you.

Happy World Toilet Day!


Looking for sanitation education and training resources?

Check out our resources website, loaded with open content material to support your WASH projects, training, and community education,  including our new Latrine Program Design workshop trainer toolkit. 

CAWST supports WASH implementers through capacity development. Find a training workshop to further your programs’ objectives in our training catalogue of fully customizable offerings.

Youth Inspiring Youth – 2018 Wavemakers Summit

The theme for this year’s Wavemakers Summit here in Calgary was “Youth Inspiring Youth.” But regardless of where you live, and whether you’re actually young or just young at heart, what these amazing students are doing is sure to impress you.

The theme for this year’s Wavemakers Summit, held here in Calgary on October 25th, was “Youth Inspiring Youth.” But regardless of where you live, and whether you’re actually young or just young at heart, what these amazing students are doing is sure to impress you.

Students learn about CAWST at the lunchtime education booths
Students learn about CAWST at the lunchtime education booths

Each year since 2008, Albertan youth and their teachers gather at the Wavemakers Summit. This is a key event for students who participate in the Wavemakers program. It kick-starts their year of hands-on learning about global and local water and sanitation issues, where youth discover how they can take meaningful action – and then design and undertake their own plans. This year’s event was attended by Calgary-area students in grades 4 to 12.

The enthusiastic group were welcomed by a team of volunteers from SAIT and the University of Calgary, who worked with students throughout the day to share their insights, knowledge and experience of taking action. These volunteers will continue to work with and mentor Wavemakers teams throughout the school year as they embark on their action projects.

An afternoon of action planning began with three inspiring speeches: Haidar Putra of Students on Sustainability; Denise Hammond, a CBE teacher; and Briana Loughlin of Plastic Free YYC. It was great to hear three different -yet equally extraordinary- experiences of taking environmental action.

I am somebody - Plastic Free YYC

Briana, one of the founders of Plastic Free YYC, a non-profit aimed at reducing single-use and other unnecessary plastic by raising awareness about the overall impact of plastic on our community and our planet, captured the essence of the Wavemakers program with her quote:

I always wondered why someone didn’t do something about that. Then I realized, I am somebody.

Once again, I am moved and inspired to see another cohort of students who are passionate about making a positive change in the world, and look forward to seeing the action projects that come out of this year’s summit. I asked them to sum up the day in one sentence, and here are some of their responses:

  • “It makes you think, consider, and act.”
  • “Informative, interesting, interactive, and inspiring.”
  • “An inspirational message of hope for the future crafted into an engaging activity-filled day.”

 

Thank you Wavemakers program supporters
We couldn’t do this without you!

Thank you to our Youth Wavemaker program supporters!

Thank you to our volunteers, local partners (The City of Calgary, Green Calgary, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, and the Calgary Horticultural Society), guest speakers from Students on Sustainability, CBE and Plastic Free YYC, funders (RBC, City of Calgary, TD), teachers, parents, funders, alumni, and -most importantly- thank you to our students for having a passion for making a positive impact in the world.

 

The best is yet to come!

Join us at CAWST’s World Water Day celebration on March 19, 2019 to experience the showcase of action projects that this year’s group of students designed at the Wavemakers Summit.


Youth involved in the Wavemakers program have reached over 100,000 Canadians with action projects that impact water and sanitation issues locally and globally. Are you a scientist, student, educator, or parent? Check out our website to learn more about ways to get involved with Wavemakers projects.

Stephanie Southgate, BA, is on CAWST’s Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives team. She has managed the Wavemakers program since September 2016. Stephanie inspires us daily in many ways – one of which is by having the neatest, most organized desk in the whole office. 

 

CAWST at the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference

It’s our favorite time of year again! We’re heading to UNC’s annual Water & Health Conference, to learn and share expertise on household water treatment and safe storage, and its role as an important public health intervention. Will you be there? Get in touch and let us know what you’re up to!

Monday Oct 29 to Friday Nov 2

It’s our favorite time of year again! We’re heading to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to discuss WASH and its link to public health at the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. This annual conference is organized by The Water Institute at UNC, whose mission  is to provide global academic leadership for economically, environmentally, socially, and technically sustainable management of water, sanitation, and hygiene for equitable health and human development.

CAWST will be there from Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 2. We’re excited to learn and share expertise on household water treatment and safe storage, and its role as an important public health intervention.

Will you be there? Get in touch and let us know what you’re up to!

Who will be there from CAWST

Millie Adam and Lena Bunzenmeyer of CAWST

 

What we’ll be doing

Monday, October 29

Annual Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on HWTS
SIDE EVENT
10:30 am – Sunflower Room

Poster for the Annual Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on HWTS - 2018 UNC Water & Health

Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) is an important public health intervention to improve the quality of drinking water and prevent water-borne and vector-related diseases at the point of use.

The WHO/ UNICEF International HWTS Network (the Network) includes international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, and academia promoting HWTS as a key component of community-targeted environmental health programs.

The 2018 Annual Network Meeting provides an opportunity to share the latest in research, implementation and policy on HWTS and water safety.


Monday, October 29

Plasticizers and the Risk of Leaching in BSF Outlet Tubing

WASH
POSTER PRESENTATION
5 pm

Presented by Kit Dashwood. Kit was part of a team at Queen’s University who carried out this research, on behalf of CAWST.


Friday, November 2

Sustainability and Success of Biosand Filter Implementation Programs
SIDE EVENT
8:30 am – Windflower Room

Poster for the Biosand Filter Updates Side Session co-convened by CAWST at 2018 UNC Water & Health

This session will be the 5th annual gathering of the biosand filter (BSF) community at the UNC Water and Health Conference.

The purpose of this session is to build upon the side events we hosted in:
● 2014 (Biosand Filters: Defining Future Research Directions for Greater Impact)
● 2015 (Biosand Filters: Connecting Research with Implementation),
● 2016 (Monitoring of Biosand Filter Construction and Implementation Programs), and
● 2017 (Biosand Filter Updates: Implementer Support Tools, Research, and Inquiry)
by bringing the BSF community back together to discuss issues related to the sustainability and success of BSF implementation programs.

Afterwards, we’ll continue the conversation for a Joint Side Session, with two additional co-convenors: Ceramics Manufacturing Working Group and Tufts University.


Friday, November 2

Joint Biosand and Ceramic Pot Filter Side Session
SIDE SESSION
10:30 am – Windflower Room

Poster for the Biosand Filter and Ceramic Pot Filter Side Session co-convened by CAWST at 2018 UNC Water & Health

At this interactive side session, Ceramic Pot & Biosand Filter groups will come together to discuss how to define and measure success in implementation programs. WASH specialists involved in filter manufacturing, marketing, dissemination and research will share successes and challenges over the past year and discuss future directions, challenges and solutions.

See you in North Carolina!


Can’t make it to the conference?

•  To learn more about the topics we’ll be discussing, check out the Household Water Treatment Knowledge Base and our Biosand Filter Knowledge Base.

•  Join the conversation on social media:

  • The UNC Water and Health Conference hashtag is #UNCWaterandHealth
  • We’ll also be sharing pictures and conversations on Twitter about #safewater and the #HWTSNetwork. Follow us @cawst!

A Toast to David Manz, AOE

CAWST’s co-founder and inventor of the biosand filter, Dr. David Manz, was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 18, 2018. 

Please join us for an evening of celebration in honour of David Manz, AOE.

When: Thursday, December 6, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Where: Our new office, B12 – 6020  2 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H2L8

Live music + a buffet of light appetizers and beverages + biosand filter art display. To help us recover costs, there is a small fee for tickets.

Get your Eventbrite ticket here.

 

He’s D MANZ!

David Manz, AOE. Inventor of the biosand filter and co-founder of CAWST.
David Manz, AOE invented the biosand filter and co-founded CAWST.

Dr. David Manz was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 18, 2018.

This is the highest honour that the province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen, and it is an official part of the Canadian Honours System.

David Manz invented the biosand filter in the early 1990s at the University of Calgary. In 2001 he co-founded CAWST and made his invention freely available for humanitarian means.

Thanks to Dr. Manz, millions of people around the world have clean water in their homes.

Please join us in raising a glass in his honour!

Get your Eventbrite ticket here.

CAWST - Biosand Filter Art

Note: We want our guests to travel safely to and from our event. If you’re planning to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, please plan a ride home accordingly.

How to design a good latrine program

CAWST’s newly launched Latrine Program Implementation workshop provides an overview of the six components of a successful latrine program: stakeholder engagement, demand creation, products and services, finances, capacity development, and monitoring.

Good latrine program design is a key part of achieving safely managed sanitation for everyone (Sustainable Development Goal 6). Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.

In its latest estimates, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2017) found that 892 million people practice open defecation[1]. That’s 12% of the people in the world, reflecting a huge need to increase the coverage and use of latrines.

The JMP 2017 also estimated that another 856 million people (about 12% of the world population) use unimproved sanitation. This means they use a pit latrine without a slab or platform, hanging latrines, or bucket latrines. So there is also a need to improve existing latrines.

On the bright side, there are many implementers (local government, businesses, NGOs) working to ensure that households have and use improved latrines. Their programs, or interventions, vary in approaches and quality. There are some very innovative and integrated approaches that are leading to increased coverage and use of latrines.

However, many programs don’t lead to the intended impact. A recent meta-analysis of sanitation interventions showed that interventions have led to only a 14% increase in coverage[2]. We need to continue to learn and share the successes and failures of latrine programs, to improve future programs and achieve SDG 6.

 

The good news?

Through knowledge management and training, you can improve the design of your latrine programs! And we’re here to help.

Check out our new Latrine Program Design Workshop – Trainer Toolkit

To help you design better latrine programs, we have just launched a new Latrine Program Design workshop. As with all our technical resources, it is open content (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0)): people can access it anytime, from anywhere in the world.

CAWST’s  Latrine Program Design collection contains all the workshop resources you’ll need, both for trainers and for participants:
• Reading Materials – Technical Briefs and Case Studies
• Learning Aids – PowerPoint Presentations, Participant Workbook, Stakeholder Role Cards, Capacity Assessment Role Cards, and Sanitation Posters for different regions and in different languages
• Logistics – Workshop Agenda, Pre-Workshop Questionnaire, Workshop Evaluation Handout, Workshop Certificate Template, and Workshop Outline

Latrine Program Design - Toolkit Contents

This workshop provides latrine program decision makers an overview of the six components of a successful latrine program: stakeholder engagement, demand creation, products and services, finances, capacity development, and monitoring.

You will begin by exploring the need for improved latrine programs, and then you’ll discuss the need for increased coverage and correct, consistent, and continued use of latrines.

Next, you will go through the six components required for a successful latrine program. In each of these modules, you will cover theory, learn from examples, and practice applying new knowledge to your own latrine programs. All modules cover the three key steps of a program framework: analyze, design and develop, and implement and monitor.

6 components of a successful latrine program-

After completing this workshop, you will have a greater awareness of factors influencing behaviour change, you’ll be better equipped to support correct, consistent, and continued use of latrines in the communities you serve, and you will be able to:

• Determine the goal of a latrine program
• Select appropriate engagement activities for latrine program stakeholders
• Select appropriate activities to create demand for a latrine program
• Outline ways to strengthen a supply chain for a latrine program
• Recommend a financing plan for a latrine program
• Select appropriate capacity development activities for latrine program stakeholders
• Explain the process of designing a monitoring system for a latrine program
• Design or strengthen a latrine program for your context

Looking for latrine program design technical support?

CAWST provides mentoring and coaching on the use of our education and training resources. Are you implementing latrine programs, and finding yourself stuck along the way? We’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to us at support@cawst.org.


References

[1] Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines. Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/jmp-2017/en/

[2] Garn, J. V., Sclar, G. D., Freeman, M. C., Penakalapati, G., Alexander, K. T., Brooks, P., … Clasen, T. F. (2017). The impact of sanitation interventions on latrine coverage and latrine use: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health220 (2 Part B), 329–340. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2016.10.001


Sterenn Philippe, BSc, MSc is an Education Program Developer on the Research & Learning team at CAWST. She co-leads the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance Working Group 1 (Capabity Development). Passionate about all things fecal sludge management, Sterenn is our non-networked sanitation capacity development specialist. She is fluent in French and English, and was once stranded in the Amazon. On her desk here at CAWST, you will find an inordinate amount of poop emoji stuffies.

CAWST’s Annual Report

Here is our latest Annual Report: results, images, and stories that illustrate the profound impact of investing in people.

Since 2001, CAWST has been working towards strategic, sustainable, scalable change in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Here is our latest Annual Report: results, images, and stories that illustrate the profound impact of investing in people.

 

Thank you for your support!

We have achieved these results together, through the burgeoning global networks of CAWST and WET Centre clients, and thanks to the support of our donors, members, volunteers, partners, and collaborators.

Partnering to scale up household water treatment and safe storage in India

By strengthening their collaboration in HWTS capacity development, CAWST and the S M Sehgal Foundation are poised to significantly increase safe water coverage in India.

For over a decade, CAWST has been providing WASH services in India, and recently we reached an exciting milestone. Earlier this year, CAWST signed a letter of intent for partnership with one of our longstanding clients in India, the S M Sehgal Foundation.

With this partnership, CAWST and the Sehgal Foundation are poised to scale up household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) in India to increase safe water coverage. Just like in many parts of the world, many people in India lack safe water. The issue is especially acute in rural areas: only 49.5% of people in India’s rural communities have safely managed drinking water. This is a significantly large number, both in absolute and in relative terms. India is home to the second largest populations in the world: approximately 1.31 billion people, of whom 67% live in rural areas, and 33% in urban areas. This means that over 436 million people in India lack safely managed drinking water.[1]

One of the beacons of hope working to resolve this issue in India is the Seghal Foundation. Established in 1999 by philanthropist Suri M. Sehgal, the Sehgal Foundation has received numerous awards in recognition for their community development work. Their grassroots programs seek to empower rural India through Good Rural Governance, Water Management, Agricultural Development, Rural Research and Community Media. The Foundation implements programs in five Indian states, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Telangana.

A longstanding relationship

Our organizations’ relationship dates back to 2005, when some Sehgal Foundation team members attended one of our workshops, and subsequently implemented a biosand filter program in the Mewat region of Haryana. During the following eight years, CAWST continued to work with the Foundation, providing training and consulting support on topics such as HWTS, biosand filter construction and maintenance, and community health promotion. In 2014, the Sehgal Foundation began to design and develop a stainless steel biosand filter, and CAWST provided technical advice. To date, seven organizations in India, including the Mother Foundation in Sarurpur, Prasad Chikitsalaya in Ganeshpuri, and SAATHI in Himachal Pradesh are implementing stainless biosand filter projects. For the last two years, the Sehgal Foundation has hosted several CAWST workshops on household water treatment, biosand filter project implementation, and Community WASH Promotion, as well as a Learning Exchange on HWTS. Participants from more than 25 different organizations, including the Aga Khan Foundation and Safe Water Network participated in these workshops.

CAWST and the S M Sehgal Foundation share a passion for the role of household water treatment to achieve coverage of safe water for the populations in greatest need. Our new partnership and its unfolding results give us great hope for the future.

An alliance that’s already yielding promising results

Our closer collaboration is already yielding positive results: an informal but active network of organizations interested in HWTS is coming together. In December of last year, CAWST and the Sehgal Foundation co-delivered a Learning Exchange, providing a platform for practitioners to share their experiences, learn from each other, and discuss strategies for scaling up. It also offered participants the opportunity to build a relationship with Save the Children-India, who sponsored the learning exchange. We brought together several organizations, including:

  • private sector organizations such as Tatas and PureIt (water filter manufacturers),
  • academia and research institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (who is researching the ceramic pot filter) and the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (who is working on various water treatment technologies such as electrolysis, to remove fluoride from drinking water), and
  • HWTS program implementers, including the INREM Foundation (whose project is focused on removing fluoride from drinking water), and AG Care (whose BSF project dates from 2010).

Through our closer collaboration as partners, CAWST and the Sehgal Foundation plan to further raise awareness about HWTS and develop the capacity of organizations and WASH workers to implement HWTS projects in India. In order to build the capacity of organizations, we will regularly organize training programs and seminars. Over the next four years, the Sehgal Foundation will host two to three CAWST training workshops annually. Critically, our work together also includes the important step of visiting client projects and providing organizations the technical support they require to succeed along their road to starting, scaling up, and strengthening their HWTS programs.

This November, we will offer two workshops at the Sehgal Foundation campus: Delivering Effective WASH Training and Community WASH Promotion. Additionally, in April 2019, in collaboration with Save the Children-India, we are planning a workshop on Drinking Water Quality Testing. This capacity development work is strategic: when shared, knowledge spreads. Each of these workshops will train 12 selected trainers, who will go on to train roughly 50 additional organizations in the next three years. Down the line, we expect that these trainings will result in 15 more organizations actively implementing effective, robust, quality household water treatment projects in India.

CAWST and the S M Sehgal Foundation share a passion for the role of household water treatment to achieve coverage of safe water for the populations in greatest need. Our new partnership and its unfolding results give us great hope for the future. As major stakeholders such as donors, government agencies and NGOs grow to embrace HWTS and collaborate to implement quality projects, HWTS will spread across India and grow into a movement that is instrumental in reaching every household with safe water.


Suneel Rajavaram, M.Eng, PGDRM, PGCIPMP is a Global WASH Advisor on the Training & Consulting team at CAWST. He covers the South Asia and Middle East regions. Suneel has extensive experience providing training and technical support for water and sanitation projects in numerous countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and the USA.

 

Interested in learning more…

… about how capacity development in non-networked WASH solutions, such as household water treatment, is reaching those most in need across India? Reach out to Suneel at srajavaram@cawst.org.


References

[1] Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2017) country estimates, washdata.org.

 

CAWST Honoured as a Leader in Solving Global Challenges

CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, has received the UN Global Compact Canada Sustainable Development Goals Leadership Award in recognition of their work towards SDG 6 – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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Calgary Charity Honoured as a Leader in Solving Global Challenges

CALGARY, September 6, 2018

In a world where the problems seem endless, the potential for solutions seems even greater. In Canada, we are fortunate to have many inspiring Canadian companies and organizations that are working towards solutions. The UN Global Compact Network Canada – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Leadership Awards do just that. They celebrate Canadian businesses and non-profits that are taking action towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring others to create the future we all want. These awards have run for three years, recognizing those who are taking the lead on solutions to the SDGs.

Today the UN Global Compact Network Canada announced that one the award recipients is CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, a small Calgary-based charity working globally towards SDG 6 – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. CAWST acts as a centre of expertise, providing locally adapted training and consulting on non-networked solutions on safe drinking water, safely managed sanitation and hygiene for those in greatest need globally. CAWST gleans its leadership from the clients whom we serve around the world, who are using our training, consulting, and open content resources to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. CAWST CEO Shauna Curry reflects on the award:

“We are truly honoured to be seen as leaders amongst so many outstanding Canadian organizations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. CAWST’s vision for the past 17 years has been a world in which people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met. This passion and commitment is shared between CAWST and the clients and WET (Water Expertise Training) Centre partners alongside whom we work. Success in the WASH sector would not be possible without invaluable partnerships such as these and our hope is to further collaborate with others who share in this vision.”

For CAWST, this award is an opportunity to showcase our approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and share stories of the people whom we serve globally, while learning from the many other leaders who are approaching the SDGs in innovative and effective ways. We are pleased to dedicate this award to our network of clients, partners and supporters. Together, we have reached millions of people with better water or sanitation.

CAWST was nominated for these prestigious awards in the company of outstanding organizations like Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, BASF Canada, Enviro-Stewards, 5T Sports, Marcatus QED, Matrix360, Operation Eyesight Universal, Sherritt, Teck Resources, TELUS, and Vancity. We are receiving the award alongside Economic Developers Alberta, Frontera Energy, GM Canada, Oui STEM Academy, and Stantec.

Thanks to all those who voted. We hope you will continue to follow CAWST and the UN Global Compact Canada’s SDG Leadership Awards to learn more about all that Canada is doing to approach business action towards sustainable development.


About CAWST

CAWST is a Calgary-based, global centre of expertise focused on providing training, consulting, and educational resources on non-networked water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions. We tackle the global need for safe water and sanitation by building knowledge and skills at the local level, forming long-term partnerships with select in-country organizations to deeply ingrain local knowledge and skills in WASH. Since its founding in 2001, CAWST’s network of clients and WET Centre partners have reached 14.9 million people with better water or sanitation.

Find the CAWST logo here.


Media Inquiries

Tori D’Avella
Public Engagement Officer
CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology)
tdavella@cawst.org
1.403.681.6220

Wavemakers Reporter

Do you love to engage with youth, share stories, and write? This is a totally new position within Wavemakers, to interview youth and compile stories on their experience at the Wavemakers Summit on October 25.

The Position: Wavemakers Reporter

Background:

Annually, youth from Calgary and the surrounding area come together for a free day-long workshop to learn about global and local water and sanitation issues, and decide how they will make a difference. Youth spend the morning participating in workshop sessions, learning about the issues, and the afternoon developing action plans. They can receive $500 toward implementation of their action plans if their proposals are approved

Purpose of the Role:

In this role you will meet with groups of Youth Wavemakers, grades 7-12, at the annual Wavemakers Summit on October 25th, 2018. There you will conduct casual interviews and gather preliminary information including what the participants have learned throughout the day, and about the projects they are planning to complete over the next several months. You will also attend the World Water Day event on March 19th, 2019, to follow up with participants regarding their projects and future plans to take action.  This information will then be woven together and used to write an inspirational blog post, celebrating the innovative solutions the Youth Wavemakers have created. The material may also be used for social media posts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create a list of preliminary questions to ask Youth Wavemakers (will be reviewed with supervisor)
  • Attend the afternoon portion of the Youth Summit event on October 25th and interview participants
  • Create follow up questions to ask Youth Wavemakers (will be reviewed with supervisor)
  • Interview participants over the phone regarding their action project proposals.
  • Attend the World Water Day event on March 19, 2019 at the SAIT campus and follow up with participants regarding their action projects
  • Use your findings to write an inspirational blog post highlighting the program and some of the outstanding action projects
  • Support will be provided by your supervisor throughout this the duration of this role

 

Orientation and Training:

An in person or phone meeting will be set up with your supervisor to go over the responsibilities of the role and to answer any questions.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Friendly, approachable and comfortable conducting interviews
  • Experience with creative writing
  • Familiarity with CAWST and/or the Youth Wavemakers Program is an asset
  • Available to attend both events in Calgary, and highly committed to the role

 

Department and Supervision: Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives

 

Location:

  • Writing tasks completed from home
  • The Wavemakers Summit is held October 25 at the Downtown Campus of the University of Calgary, 906 – 8th Ave SW
  • The World Water Day Event is held March 19th, 2019, at the SAIT campus, 1301 16 Ave NW
    Calgary,

 

Time Requirements:

  • Approximately 12:30 – 2:30 pm on October 25th at the Youth Wavemakers Summit
  • Approximately 5-7:30 on March 19th at the World Water Day Event
  • Approximately 10-15 hours of prep and writing time

 

Start Date: As soon as position is filled

 

Deadline for project:  

Project should be completed by April 30th, 2019.

 

Application:

If you are already a CAWST volunteer, and you wish to apply for this volunteer position, please contact Amanda Deis at adeis@cawst.org with the title of the Volunteer Position you are applying for in the subject line.  If you are new to CAWST, please complete the volunteer sign up form.

 

Additional comments:   

All CAWST volunteers are invited to participate in a 4 day training workshop of their choice after completion of 40 volunteer hours.  Volunteers are also invited to join in our annual Volunteer appreciation night.  CAWST welcomes volunteers searching for work experience, and is happy to provide letters of reference to interested volunteers.

If you have any questions regarding this volunteer position, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Deis:

B12, 6020 – 2 Street SE
Calgary Alberta, T2H 2L8 Canada

Phone: 1 (403) 243-3285

E-mail: adeis@cawst.org

 

In-tents fun and learning with CAWST at Calgary summer festivals

Our summer student shares her experience engaging and informing Calgarians about local and global water and sanitation issues at city festivals.

CAWST had a busy summer attending festivals all over the city! Maybe you saw at us at Creekfest, Inglewood Sunfest, Heritage Day Festival, Marda Gras Street Fest, or Pop-up in the Park Okotoks?

We’ve had so much fun tossing poop, wearing our poo hats, showing off the tippy tap, and telling everyone about water and sanitation!

This summer we debuted our brand new game, the Poop Loop. It helps people who visit our tent imagine what they would do if they didn’t have a piped sewer system, and to think about environmental sanitation in a broader and better informed way. Through these games, activities and conversations, reflecting on many aspects of environmental sanitation, from what we eat to how to properly manage the fecal sludge, is both entertaining and educational.

We also updated our Poop Toss table to make playing a bit more challenging and informative, with both a sitting toilet seat and a latrine. Just as we hoped, this game was also a huge hit! After all, it offers a rare chance to throw poo (disclaimer, it’s not real poo, fortunately!) And besides how much fun it is to break the taboo about poo, these games are helping us open the imagination, hearts and minds of Calgarians. They offer us a chance to reflect just how fortunate we are, and to make a dent in solving a huge global problem.

 

A crushing reality

Most of us in Canada have it pretty easy with access to piped sewer systems and flushing toilets. That’s not the reality for most people. In fact, you might have heard us say at the festival that according to the World Health Organization, 4.5 billion people still lack safely managed sanitation1. That’s more than half of the global population – about 60%, to be more specific!

In my role as a Public Engager at CAWST this summer, being able to share sobering facts like these about the lack of safe water and basic sanitation has been an interesting learning experience. And what has been even more rewarding to see, is that once Calgarians I spoke to realized the scale of the issue, they asked what they can do to make a difference.

 

Plus, we loved seeing you all don the poo hats and enjoy the props for the photo booth. Especially, when you got your dogs involved!

 

A huge thank you:

THANK YOU

to all the amazing volunteers who stepped up to help us this summer!

Your enthusiasm for water and sanitation was evident, and helped to engage everyone who stopped by.
 
 

Interested in teaching or learning more about sanitation, in a fun and ingenious way?

Our Youth Wavemakers program, part of our Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives, creates resources with overseas youth who are active and educated on water and sanitation issues. We offer free educational resources for teachers, including games. Check them out here!

Want to make a difference in local and global water and sanitation issues? Here are some ways you can take action.


Natalie Buchanan is a Public Engager on the Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives team at CAWST. She is studying International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, and expecting to graduate June 2019. She has been enjoying her time at CAWST seeing firsthand how NGOs operate. While she loves seeing dogs wearing poo hats, her favourite animals are actually elephants. Although we couldn’t get any elephants to come to this year’s summer festivals –  perhaps we’ll visit the Calgary zoo soon, Natalie.


References

1 WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2017