Archimedes Project was launched in 2013 out of a frustration with the failures of the international development community to sustainably address access to clean water and sanitation in low-income households around the world.
In four years, we have worked in eight countries. Completed four research projects, four ideation projects and developed and launched one enterprise. Through this we have worked with hundreds of partners.
In four years, we have worked in eight countries.
Phyllis Gichuhi, born in Nairobi, discovered her passion for nature and conservation early on, while growing up near Nairobi National Park. Phyllis spent her fellowship speaking with dozens of organisations across Nairobi working in drinking water, sanitation and entrepreneurship.
Fitse Gelaye investigated the sanitation landscape in Addis Ababa and found major challenges to sanitation access despite a growing interest in market-based solutions and a government commitment to universal sanitation access.
In Accra, Patricia Addo-Dombo met with sanitation project leaders to learn about their challenges with implementation and sustainability, and spoke to residents to better understand their attitudes toward household, hospital based and public sanitation facilities.
Students and faculty at Cooper Union in New York City collaborated to hold the first one-day Ideation Workshop to focus on problem definition and begin to examine solutions to the sanitation crisis in Myanmar.
Based in her hometown of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jennifer set out to ask as many questions as possible to the organizations involved in drinking water access in Honduras. organizations. She found a complex system in which peri-urban and difficult to reach rural areas fell through the cracks, and even urban areas lacked consistent access.
Columbia University students organized the second student-run Ideation Lab to bring together students and young professionals from across all sectors and schools to identify solutions to the sanitation crisis in Nepal.
Tufts University students organized a three-day event, inspired by the Archimedes Project's Ideation Lab model, that brought together students from each of the universities' colleges and programs to design a scalable social enterprise to increase access to sanitation in Tamil Nadu, India.
Iynna Halilou spent her fellowship in Douala, Cameroon focused on the severe lack of public sanitation infrastructure in the center of the thriving city and conducting initial market research for a public toilet enterprise.
In January 2014, Jessica Laporte began work with the Archimedes Project, to develop the Community Chlorinators idea for launch. Over the next six months, they worked with local implementation partners, worked out the business, financial and operation models and brought on a launch team to support the testing of the business model in Port au Prince.
The Community Chlorinators business concept, which was later developed into Kouzin Dlo, was designed during a three-day event at the newly opened Impact Hub Boston.
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