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Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp

Around the world 2.3 billion people live with inadequate sanitation infrastructure, 2.7 billion cook with inefficient and harmful methods and 1.1 billion still do not have access to electricity. This situation is reflected in humanitarian settings where the most widely used sanitation systems include, pit latrines and septic tank. Both of the system's risk overflowing during heavy rainfall releasing pathogens that increase the spread of diseases or need periodic de-slugging representing an economic burden that lasts for the camps lifetime. Also, water is often expensively pumped and transported from the nearest water bodies; where the energy usually comes from noisy, polluting, high maintenance and expensive to run diesel generators.  

 

Refugee settlements create an opportunity to implement clean, reliable and economically attractive solutions that integrate sanitation, energy and water.

TRASH TO TREASURE 

Systemic thinking turns the costly issue of human waste sanitation into a resource for the production of energy and fresh water 

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In partnership with Mercy Corps we are developing a decentralized sanitation system that treats human waste killing pathogens while recovering water and producing energy and fertilizer. Each of these outputs is extremely valuable in most humanitarian contexts.  Through the partnership, we are exploring and developing new business models that recover the valuable resources from human waste. Turning costly treatments into profit-generating operations that can create jobs within the camps, with the aim to create self-reliance within the camps.