Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows Bolster Support for 2008 International Year of Sanitation

Innovative entrepreneurs are solving global social issues concerning hygiene, household sanitation and wastewater

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ — The Lemelson Foundation and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public have recognized and supported five Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows whose innovative business models meet sanitation needs at the local, national or global level. The Fellows — Isaac Durojaiye (Nigeria), Sameh Ghali (Egypt), Agus Gunarto (Indonesia), Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna (Peru) and Jack Sim (Singapore) — underscore the United Nations (U.N.) Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the 2.6 billion people worldwide who lack basic sanitation by 2015.

“Several Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows are working diligently to support the U.N.’s goal-to provide an additional 1.6 billion people with sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015,” said Julia Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation:

Isaac Durojaiye (Nigeria) and his company — Dignified Mobile Toilets (DMT) — has provided thousands of clean, low-cost public toilets in Nigeria while providing jobs and empowering women and young men who struggle with high rates of unemployment.

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2 responses to “Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows Bolster Support for 2008 International Year of Sanitation

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  2. Mrs. Ologunsua C. O.

    I wish to submit a proposal on “Rural Household Sanitation Burkina Faso” under this category :

    “Training staff of regional department and local communities in household sanitation”.

    It is my desire that the proposal should pass through your reputable organization. Though the write up is in English Language, I can as well translate it to French as required.


    It is a programme that support your activities on human and environmental issues through the provision of a physical need- toilet. It has four primary objectives and four goal divided into sixteen Millennium African Development goals.

    The scope, vision, objectives and achievements are in full support of your activities.

    I will be grateful if you can give a considerable look at the proposal which is about 50 pages that includes: forms, handbooks and more…

    Well done for the impact you are making.

    Thank you sir.

    Yours faithfully,


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