In January 2007, I will be embarking on a new undertaking utilizing my training in the ENPH program. I will part of a team going to Haiti to set up a sanitation program in a small farming community called Duchity. Duchity is located in the mountains in the southwestern portion of the country. Currently, there is no sanitation in the region. Human waste goes into streams that run through the region. Enteric diseases are rampant. The goal of the project will be to set up a series of composting toilets - both for community use and for individual homes. The composted material will then be used for soil amendments. Since my training, in addition to environmental and public health, is soil science and agronomy, I will be conducting the soils part of the project.
Eli, Thanks so much for sharing this interesting journey with us. As an ENPH alum and respected environmental health professional, you will provide us with valuable insight on vital work in a developing country. I greatly look forward to your updates of this work, which I understand will go full bore in January.
I am sure that I join my former classmates and fellow graduates in wishing Eli well in this new and rewarding endeavor. I was lucky enough to have worked closely with him and remember that he wanted to do something like this when he was able to. Eli, I admire you and commend you for reaching this goal.
Ken Tuckwell R.S. Ashland County Environmental Health Specialist MSENPH December 2004