WaterSHED in the News

Check out what others are saying about WaterSHED, our products and programs

Forbes “Social issues are not forgotten on this list either. This year’s list of social entrepreneurs includes passionate young individuals helping to solve the region’s biggest problems. Cambodian entrepreneur Daroath Phav, 28, is one of them. By using his business skills and implementing marketing strategies to encourage more rural Cambodians to use toilets (only 25% of those had access to toilets in 2010), Phav and his team were able to push rural sanitation coverage in the country from 25% to nearly 50% in five years.”


Die Welt “Free distribution by other NGOs initially made Watershed’s work difficult. The authorities laughed at Watershed’s staff when they outlined plans to sell toilets for large sums of money. After all, the donated toilets hadn’t been used. But the more than 130,000 toilet facilities that Watershed has sold since 2010 are testament to its strategy.”
Al Jazeera “At a marketing event in a Cambodian village, the LaBobo has arrived. A bright and cheery plastic sink, designed to get children washing their hands.”
Reuters “A small plastic box decorated with smiling frogs and a bright green logo, Labobo looks like a toy, but it could help prevent thousands of people from getting sick with diarrhoea and other diseases.”
Huffington Post “Children in Cambodia won’t have a problem keeping their hands clean thanks to this frog-themed hand-washing device… WaterSHED recently released the LaBobo, a portable and inexpensive sink whose colorful design encourages kids to improve their hygiene habits.”
WaterAid “To me, the three defining principles that make [WaterSHED’s} approach effective are linkages, incentives and leadership. Its foundations are on core principles which can be adapted, replicated and scaled up.”
The Cambodia Daily “Nearly half of rural families believe that children’s feces are cleaner than animal or adult excrement, which could put more people at risk of contracting diarrheal disease, a common killer of children under the age of 5, according to a [new] study…”
Innovate Development “WaterSHED, a local NGO based in Cambodia and Vietnam, is the first in the region to design a permanent household latrine shelter that is prefabricated, flat-packed and easy-to-assemble. The organization used a human-centered design process to understand consumer preferences and found consumers were interested in a shelter that was long-lasting, quick to install and easy to clean.”
Southeast Asia Globe “Everyone is doing it, yet nobody wants to talk about it – let alone take responsibility for cleaning up the mess. The luxury of a lavatory, where undesirable contents disappear with the push of a button, is a convenience taken for granted in the West. By 2050 it is estimated that 240 million people worldwide will depend on unsafe water and 1.8 billion will lack basic sanitation.”
The Economist “So far, WaterSHED has developed innovative water filters and latrines. All of them use extremely low-level technology, all made from locally available materials, but which work just as effectively as expensive products from multinational companies.”

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