Sierra Leone orphanage would love your plumbing help

Your plumbing and mechanical skills could help improve the lives of these beautiful children, who became orphans when the ebola virus took their parents.

They currently have to fetch water by hand from a nearby well, and would greatly benefit from the installation of a solar water pump. While the orphanage searches for a suitable pump kit, orphenage_2hopefully to be donated, they would love to hear from you if you could potentially help them with the installation and training to maintain.

Please sign up as a potential volunteer, or sign-in if you already have an account, and let us know that you would like to connect with this orphanage.

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SaTo Toilet Pan Brings Safe Sanitation to Rural Haiti

These Haitian siblings ― residents of Pierre Payen, Haiti ― are beaming with pride. They were the first.

The first home in Friendship Village with no flying insects spreading dangerous diseases to their family.

Also, the first residents in their village to live free from a latrine stench pervading their living quarters.

The first family in Haiti to have a revolutionary SaTo sanitary toilet pan installed in their home. And have their quality of life forever improved. On July 11, 2014, this Haitian banana harvester, Edline, and her family became owners of the first SaTo hygienic toilet pan installed in the Western Hemisphere.

The open latrine (left) allowed flying insects to come into contact with human waste and spread disease to the family. The American Standard SaTo toilet pan (right), shown with its proud owner, seals off the latrine to keep the home healthier and safer.

The open latrine (left) allowed flying insects to come into contact with human waste and spread disease to the family. The American Standard SaTo toilet pan (right), shown with its proud owner, seals off the latrine to keep the home healthier and safer.

The SaTo sanitary toilet pan was invented by plumbing manufacturer American Standard Brands initially for use in rural Bangladesh. It closes off pit latrines from the open air, reducing the transmission of disease via air-borne insects. Here in this village in Haiti, half a world away from Bangladesh, the SaTo toilet pan serves the same purpose.

With several small children, this household ― located 90 miles outside the island nation’s capital of Port o Prince ― was in desperate need of an improved sanitation device. Like most residents, this family was using an open latrine when going to the bathroom. Located inside their home, the latrine emitted an unpleasant odor while allowing insects to easily come into contact with the human waste. This led to the spread of disease from the pathogens transmitted from the insects to the family members.

Friendship Village ― built to give shelter to Haitian earthquake victims ― was the site of the first SaTo sanitary toilet pan installed in Haiti to prevent the spread of disease through insects' contact with human waste in open pit latrines.

Friendship Village ― built to give shelter to Haitian earthquake victims ― was the site of the first SaTo sanitary toilet pan installed in Haiti to prevent the spread of disease through insects’ contact with human waste in open pit latrines.

Nearly all of the villagers attended this historic SaTo installation. It symbolized an important step forward in improving sanitation in a nation still reconstructing two years after this devastating natural disaster. Aside from learning about the SaTo pan’s benefits, residents were educated on basic plumbing tips. They were instructed how to keep all open sewer lines tightly capped and extend the latrine vent well above the roof line of their homes.This initial SaTo pan was installed by American Standard’s Jim McHale, Ph.D., who serves as the Company’s global sanitation products business unit leader. McHale accompanied volunteers from Plumbers Without Borders to Haiti in July 2014 to determine if the SaTo pans would be useful in improving sanitation facilities in that country. He visited with 40 families in Friendship Village, a community developed and built by NGO Food for the Poor to provide shelter for the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

In 2014, American Standard will be donating more than 7,900 SaTo pans for use in homes, schools and tent cities in Haiti. Food for the Poor will assist with the pan distribution to villages throughout the nation. This effort will help Haiti’s residents rebuild with safer sanitation facilities and an improved quality of life, one SaTo at a time.

SaTo™ is a registered trademark of American Standard Brands.

Source: SaTo Stories: SaTo Toilet Pan Brings Safe Sanitation to Rural Haiti

Ganta Hospital in Liberia wants you!

Please consider offering your skills and knowledge to help Patrick and his staff to continue delivering health services to over 600,000 plus clients yearly. You will have a life changing experience providing you with a lifetime of memories and friendships.  Please update your volunteer profile in our database on the Volunteer page.

This request for help comes directly from the Ganta Hospital Administrator, Patrick Mantor.Patrick Manor

 

 

Excerpts and description of work and staff by Mr. Mantor

 

Our hospital is outfitted with 1946 plumbing and it needs to be replaced. This is a very big and technical project. Our constraints are funding and acquiring qualified and experienced plumbers to draw up a plumbing system replacement plan and attach realistic cost estimate. With the realistic cost estimate, we will invite our partners to support us to modernize the plumbing system.

We solicit volunteer plumbers to assist us.

We will provide in country transportation, housing and meals.

The pediatric ward and the ob/gyn ward will be the first areas that will be retrofit. We have a very hard working and committed maintenance crew.  However, their level of expertise is limited. 

We have one plumber and one plumbing assistant who learned their trade through an apprentice type training.    All water and sewage systems are onsite with well water and septic field.  We have deep drilled wells and electric pumps pumping water into many reservoirs with gravity flow through the piping system. 

 

Piping Materials are locally available.

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Main contacts for project:

Patrick Mantor, pmantorm@gmail.com

and Mary Zigbuo, maryrandallzigbuo@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for your help.

PATRICK M. MANTOR

ADMINISTRATOR

GANTA UNITED METHODIST HOSPITAL

P.O. BOX 1010

GANTA, LIBERIA

telephone:  +231 880834162; +231 770456998

Contractor Magazine spotlights Plumbers Without Borders

Contractor Magazine spotlights Plumbers Without Borders

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In an early 20th century advertisement from American Standard Brands, a proud plumber holding a pipe wrench stands below a slogan that reads “The Plumber Protects the Health of the Nation.” Now a five-year old, Seattle-based non-profit called Plumbers Without Borders (PWB) wants to update that truism for the 21st century.

“We want to be able to say that the plumber protects the health of the world,” said Domenico DiGregorio, a retired plumbing industry pro who is the organization’s co-founder and president. “As the world marked the 13th annual World Toilet Day in November, we wanted to see how this relatively young organization is working to raise awareness.”

Read the full article over at www.contractormag.com

Fine Homebuilding Magazine Spotlights Fred Schilling

Debra Judge Silber, of Fine Homebuilding Magazine, recently sat down with Fred Schilling for an insightful interview about his work and altruistic efforts. Fred is a VP of Plumbers Without Borders and has made a name for himself as not only a master plumber but also as caring individual who is not afraid to get his hands dirty for the greater good.

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings, and a water park. Now he’s bringing clean water—and the skills needed to keep it flowing—to Haiti.

Read the full interview

Helping build a new dialysis facility in Ethiopia

Helping build a new dialysis facility in Ethiopia

One day after working at the site of the KFDCO (Kidney Failure Dialysis Charity Clinic), presently under construction in Addis Ababa, I noticed a large sign displaying a plumbing product training session at the entrance to the Ghion Hotel where I was staying while working with the construction crew.

I thought it would be interesting to partake and learn at this training session, as the IPS pipe and fittings was the preferred product of choice for the conditioned water recirculation loop to the kidney dialysis machines in the new clinic. After a warm welcome by all, I participated in the training along with the KFDCO Administrator Alemayehu Workshet…true to form plumbers do ask the same questions the world over…

Read Dom’s letter about his trip

Revisiting Haiti: Official IAPMO’s Magazine Article

Revisiting Haiti: Official IAPMO’s Magazine Article

Fred Schilling returns to an improving but still tenuous situation in island nation struggling to bounce back from natural disaster.
As Haiti struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and devastated much of the nation’s infrastructure, the effort continues to provide residents there with safe drinking water.

Last May, plumber Fred Schilling spent a week in Haiti teaching plumbing workshops and helping students from Haiti Tec install a water-purification system from start to finish. The system had been designed and donated by Water World Partners, a student group at Seattle University.

Read the full article

Seattle to Ethiopia…and back!

Returning from a life-changing journey to Ethiopia, along with a diverse team of volunteer doctors, and medical professionals from the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO), Fred Volkers and Domenico DiGregorio embarked on the initial phase of implementing several plumbing infrastructure improvements in local medical facilities.
As we described in our last post, the unthinkable conditions at Black Lion hospital in Addis Ababa, as well as the urgent need for a Dialysis facility in a nearby hospital, captured our attention, both from a human standpoint, but especially as plumbers….we knew we could make a difference.

Standing face-to-face with many hopeful dialysis patients, who we knew would die without this life-saving equipment, our quest was clear and our resolve strengthened.

Thanks to Fred Volkers and Stirrett Johnsen Mechanical Contractors (Seattle), arrangements are underway for procuring the equipment needed to build and set up a shipping container-ized dialysis facility, which can be installed (plug & play) upon arrival to Ethiopia.

Read Dom’s letter about his trip

Ethiopia : doctors, nurses, plumbers and more

Volunteer Plumbers will be joining a diverse team of doctors, nurses, medical technicians, dialysis specialists and other professionals headed to Ethiopia in support of a great Seattle grass-roots organization, the Seattle Anesthesia Outreach group. The patients of Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa have already benefited greatly from their previous trips, and await their return with happy anticipation.

Read our recent announcement