Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Through his work with 17 community development associations (CDAs) in as many villages benefiting 32,700 people, he is now convinced that he has a viable model to improve water quality and sanitation in rural areas through low-cost sewage systems. Sameh has created a network of like-minded grassroots organizations that can now demonstrate and advocate for wider adoption of his idea by other villages and policymakers. He has trained teams of five people in each village. As a condition of their participation, each of the CDAs involved with him must work with other formal or non-formal groups in nearby villages, and thus spreading the new technology.
Because of the villagers' outreach, I am now enters new communities by invitation. Depending on the size of the village, the current investment by households in stand-alone septic tanks, their needs and preferences, Sameh outlines the various ways they can address their sanitation needs and explains the environmental health benefits. They discuss the idea, options and the process and a local team of five persons is created and trained to implement the plan. They are also networked with the other local teams for wider outreach and advocacy.
For individual households, he shows them a cost-effective dual chamber septic tank that can be constructed with locally-available materials and labor. This model does not require the costly frequent pumping of traditional closed septic tanks because it is larger and has an internal filtering system of sand and gravel for sewage water. By customizing the size of the tanks to t