The 2021 Design Thinking and Community Outreach team within Wish for WASH hosted a Design Jam for a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta ‘Earn Your STEM coat’ troop of Cadets (who were between the ages of 11-14 years). The focus of the event “Period Problems” which covered Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) and various stigma […]
The work created by the Wish for WASH Thinks community seeks to inform, advocate, educate, reflect and ideate on recent water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related news and research while also acting as a platform for diverse voices to not only contribute to, but to lead innovative and progressive projects within this sector.
In 2020, we – a team of Georgia Tech Engineers Without Borders sanitation researchers and engineers – joined the Wish for WASH Thinks (W4W)team to conduct this rapid technology analysis. We hypothesized that the development of a self-cleaning toilet mechanism could be a potential method for counteracting disease spread and to improve the overall user […]
Wish for WASH Thinks seeks to expand the off-grid sanitation market. Sections 2 through 4 of this report provide an overview of design considerations, such as external design, sanitation concerns, disability accommodations, and composting options. Section 5 is an abbreviated market research landscape analysis that compares cost estimates and features for some of the toilets […]
Wish for WASH (W4W) is a social impact organization that seeks to innovate in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector through culturally specific research, design, and education. Since 2018, W4W has been expanding its WASH-related educational programming by piloting Design Jams for intergenerational and intersectional audiences. The Weber High School in Atlanta, Georgia approached W4W […]
This life skills curriculum pilot reflection is a continuation from the first Wish for WASH (W4W) and International Rescue Committee Atlanta (IRC) pilot report from April 2020. View the initial, flagship report here for further context on the history and goals of this collaborative project. Read more about this Curriculum Pilot 2 in the December […]
The Wish for WASH 2020 Design Thinking and Community Outreach team, comprised of 10 W4W members, hosted a Design Jam for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s first ever Virtual STEM Expo in November 2020! Read more about the event in the learning report below.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for sustainable, effective, and accessible WASH infrastructure and interventions. This year, our world has acutely felt the consequences of prevailing inequities, limited resources, and lack of diverse leadership in the global heath and WASH sectors. Recognition of these very concerns laid the foundations for Wish for WASH (W4W) […]
On #WorldToiletDay 2020, a landmark report entitled “Improving Public Health through Smart Sanitation and Digital Water” was published by the Toilet Board Coalition and IWA Publishing! ✨ “The report reinforces the critical importance of data mapping and sharing, and the use of remote monitoring for managing disease outbreaks, to shift from a reactive to a more preventative response. Notably, these […]
The purpose of this experiment conducted by the Wish for WASH compost research team between 2018-2020 was to develop a method that properly composts horse manure into natural fertilizer within a variety of carbon to nitrogen ratios. Check out this quick write up about this project as members of the team learned and experimented with […]
In July 2020, the Wish for WASH health research team published our systematic literature review entitled “Smart Sanitation – Biosensors as a Public Health Tool in Sanitation Infrastructure” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health! 🎉 “This literature review addresses current research surrounding biosensors as a tool for public health surveillance and […]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wish for WASH team sought to use the power of design thinking to help support water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related homeless initiatives in Atlanta in a creative, interactive, and generative format. This document captures the team’s process, experience and learnings as well as potential next steps for conducting a similar […]
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta and Wish for WASH (W4W) piloted a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related curriculum with a diverse group of adult learners who attended. W4W was involved in two pilot sessions. The first pilot, led by W4W members Tamara Renno and Jasmine Burton, was held on February 19th, 2020 […]
A Social Return on Investment (SROI) Measurement was captured, analyzed, and feature in One Young World’s Global Forum for Young Leaders 2019 Annual Impact Report. This methodology was inspired by Social Value UK and was devised between One Young World and PwC. Wish for WASH’s CEO, Executive Director and Founder Jasmine Burton is a One […]
The Wish for WASH (W4W) education team conducted a Design Thinking workshop with a troop from the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. It was an overall success with the 5 W4W team members that led the event and coordinated the logistics for 12 Girl Scouts (approximately ~8-9 years old) that attended with their mothers. This inaugural […]
The OpenIDEO Atlanta and Wish for WASH (W4W) Design Challenge, known as the Design Jam, was a success on the part of OpenIDEO, W4W, and the 10 participants (comprised of both undergraduates and graduate students from the metro-Atlanta area) that attended for the second event of the year. This 2nd collaboration was held on November […]
This impact evaluation has been developed for the purpose of assessing the real effect and reach of Wish for WASH (W4W) over its first five years in operation. In 2019, the W4W management team conducted an internal survey that was inspired by our vision to meaningfully engage more youth (under 30s) and women, particularly related […]
This document serves as a sample guide for building an external latrine superstructure. A superstructure is a facility that has the capacity to house a simple, improved toilet. In this sample guide, the superstructure houses the Wish for WASH modular SafiChoo toilet in its composting form. The superstructure ensures the privacy of the user as […]
The OpenIDEO Atlanta and Wish for WASH (W4W) Design Challenge, known as the Design Jam, was a success on the part of OpenIDEO, W4W, and the 20 participants that attended. This inaugural collaboration was held on March 10th, 2019 at the DesignBloc at Georgia Tech and was sponsored by Autodesk Fusion 360. This is summary […]
Beginning in spring of 2018, the Paideia School granted our Wish for WASH team with the opportunity to conduct a composting research project as well as leading the first of several short -term classes contributing to a larger tiny home project. The resulting course, “Giving a S***: Design for a Better World,” is centered around […]
This is a comprehensive overview following the Wish for WASH and Global Growers dry-toilet design, implementation and monitoring project that occurred at the Decatur Kitchen Garden between 2016 and 2017.
This is a needs-assessment report written by Taylor Hendricks, Jasmine Burton, and Mary Ajwang via a joint project between Save the Mothers in Mukono, Uganda and Wish for WASH during the aforementioned writer’s Global Health Corps Fellowship year. The final report is intended for grant applications in an effort to improve the WASH conditions of […]
This was a consulting project where Jasmine Burton from Wish for WASH was contracted as a human-centered design consultant to support a public pay for use toilet pilot with Population Services International. Check out the project here!
At the beginning of 2016, the Zambian branch of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) worked with Wish for WASH (W4W), a Georgia Tech founded student startup, to retrofit one of the three-hundred Ecological Sanitation (EcoSan) toilets in a Lusaka’s peri-urban compound. The EcoSan toilets, originally […]
This video is a recap of Wish for WASH’s 2016 Zambian learning pilot.