The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is a global platform for stakeholders and experts to share industry best practices, showcase revolutionary technologies, as well as capitalise on synergies to co-create innovative water solutions.
From 11-13 July 2016, the WTO had the great opportunity to participate in SIWW’s Water Expo @ City Solutions Singapore fair to shed light on our work in sanitation, the often-neglected sister of water. During the 3 days, we garnered some strong interest for SaniShop, our flagship sustainable sanitation social enterprise which features a unique ground-up perspective on the potential of the Base of Pyramid (BoP) market. Through showcasing SaniShop, we directed CSR / Marketing managers towards poverty alleviating business solutions, including technologies utilized by our partners.
Additionally, we were able to share the power of our advocacy work as well as highlight the importance of good sanitation to clean water to leaders from various facets of the water sector. Our WTO interns shared their experiences:
“I realized the importance of advocacy, even in Singapore, when I spoke to a visitor about the World Toilet College programme to equip toilet caretakers with skills and confidence to give their work dignity. He dismissed sanitation workers’ profession, claiming that “they only do it because they have no money!” As such attitudes remain prevalent in Singapore, WTO’s advocacy work is as important as our sanitation projects”. – Eunice, Communications Intern.
“Through this experience I realized that the advocacy WTO provides is imperative. Though I was well aware of this before SIWW, the expo demonstrated a general lack of awareness in many people. I was surprised by the number of attendees who were unaware of our work and the sanitation crisis. Many individuals expressed interest in finding ways to get involved upon learning about our mission and projects. I believe that this truly demonstrates the power of advocacy and why we continue to do the work that we do”. – Sara, Fundraising Intern.