Water Missions International, a water engineering nonprofit, seeks to obtain additional funding for a research study to complement a community development project funded by a coalition of Rotary Clubs from California, Oregon, Illinois and Venezuela.
The Rotary funded, community development project includes construction of 80 latrines in two Honduras communities as a pilot test prior to implementing additional latrines for the remaining households in the future. The pilot test will randomly assign households to receive either a traditional flush toilet or a composting toilet that allows for recycling of waste products as fertilizer. This pilot test allows WMI the rare and unique opportunity to study related social, technical, and health-related issues.
Without this research, the health impacts of different toilet systems will remain unknown, and nonprofit, nongovernmental, and governmental institutions that work in this area will remain motivated to choose technologies which may not be in the best interests of the people being served.
Donors will be given access to a database/website where they can track the project's progress, see maps and reports, and even track actual expenditures in real time.