LOW-COST SANITATION FOR EMERGENCIES
AEROSAN SUSTAINABLE SANITATION IN NEPAL
Formed officially in 2014 in Halifax, Canada, Aerosan's work began primarily in Cité Soleil, a slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and as a response to post-earthquake sanitation needs in areas where typical NGOs did not work due to the area being declared a UN “Red Zone.” Aerosan facilitated the construction of 25 above ground, closed containment composting toilets, and to ensure the sustainability of these systems.
Aerosan received support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet, to redesigned our facilities for emergency situations using lessons learned from our Haiti community sanitation project and by also using input received from international Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) experts.
Aerosan continues to work improving the design of low-cost solutions for sanitation that are easily implemented in emergency settings. Key to achieving this is a large plenum that improves ventilation, decreases odors, minimizes the occurrence of flies and other insects and speeds up desiccation. With the support of the Humanitarian Innovation, we partnered in research with L'Universite Laval to enhance our understanding of the desiccation process.
Building on philosohpy cost-effective sustainable solutions, Aerosan began
Aerosan is currently working on the design and implementation of holistic sanitation solutions in Nepal. This pilot project involves a social enterprise approach to public toilet facilities that incorporate waste-to-value systems and other bundled services. Aerosan is currently on site in Nepal with local representative, Prakash Amatya, to implement this project. Our mandate is to incorporate strategies that are both environmentally and financially sustainable.