AIWW 2017: Sasha Kramer of Soil to receive Sarphati Sanitation Award 2017

Posted on 11 October 2017

dws-sarphati-winner-2017-kramer-770pxThe jury of the Sarphati Sanitation Awards has decided to honor Sasha Kramer of Soil the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding work to provide sustainable sanitation services in Haiti. This was announced on 5 October. The jury also released the name of the three candidates for the Award for Young Entrepreneur.

The award ceremony will take place on 30 October at the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

On behalf of Sanergy, Becky Auerbach (middle) received the first Sarphati Sanitation Award in 2013.
 In 2015 the Lifetime Achievement Award went to founder of the Community led total sanitation (CLTS) foundation, Dr. Kamal Kar (second right).

Modified pit latrine
Sasha Kramer (on top photo - testing compost to grow crops in Haiti) developed EcoSan latrines that store human waste in removable 15-gallon drums for composting. This compost can be used to make soil more healthier and improve the livelihood of many people that depend on small scale farming.

Maybe everyone’s toilet should have such a modified pit latrine, Kramer once said.

Kramer co-founded the non-profit organization Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (soil) to build and manage latrines on Haiti.

Soil, together with its partners, also manages compost centers and vegetable gardens and they give sanitation workshops in Port au Prince.

Nominated young entrepreneurs
For the Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneur, three promising initiatives were selected and representatives of all three initiatives will be invited to the award ceremony. The three selected nominees are:
● Catherine Kisamwa, Sidian Bank Kenya
● Ahijit Banergy, Finish Society India
● Andrew Foote, Sanivation Kenya
The winner will be announced during the Opening Ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

Please check out the programme of the Amsterdam International Water Week were you will find the Sarphati Sanitation Solutions Workshop on Tuesday 31th of October, from 11:00-12:30 hrs.

'Reappearance' of Dr. Samuel Sarphati at the AIWW 2013 on the occasion of the hand out of the first award named after him.

About the Sarphati Sanitation Awards
World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award in 2013 to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship.

In 2015 it was decided to make two Prize Categories and the CLTS Foundation was awarded for Lifetime Achievement in the creation of demand for sanitation. As for the Young Entrepreneurs category, SafiSana was rewarded.

The award is named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, a doctor who contributed to the cholera free status of the City of Amsterdam as far back as the end of the nineteenth century.

This news item was originally published on the website of Amsterdam International Water Week and Aqua for all.

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AIWW Aquatech 2015: Award winners Salttech and Safi Sana honoured during opening ceremony. 3 November 2015
AIWW Aquatech 2013: Sanergy wins 50.000 euro Sarphati award for establishing sanitation business in Nairobi, 6 November 2013

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Date: 31 October 2017