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The sustainability and health of communities depend on a variety of factors, including clean water, appropriate jobs, healthy food, dignified housing, schools and opportunities for growth. It also depends on an understanding of the impact each of us have on the environment (soil, water and air) and the practices that lead to true sustainability.

In the past, Xela AID undertook small projects to test the viability of outhouses and flush toilets with mixed success, learning in the process how important educational components and leadership from within a community are to a project's long-term success.

Sanitation is the area in which Xela AID has worked the least, largely due to perceived high costs. The project has focused instead on hygiene and prevention of disease through proper handling of water (boiling, disinfection) and food. However, for upgrades to sanitation are key to the long-term, sustainable health of the community, and Xela AID is committed to large-scale improvement and is actively pursuing partnerships and seeking seed funding. Projects will be developed to address the following Sanitation and Environmental Management issues:

- Solid Waste management Program
o Solid waste study (quantities, quality, composition, etc.)
o Sanitary landfill (land acquisition, construction, management)
o Recycling micro-enterprises (aluminum, glass, paper, composting)
o Education campaigns

- Sewage and Served Waters program
o Waste water treatment plant (collection pipes, sewage system, settling ponds, etc.)
o Latrines, septic systems and other appropriate solutions for rural areas
o Green technologies (composting toilets)

- Surface Water Restoration Program
o Riparian areas clean-ups and restoration
o Stream water quality studies and monitoring (e.g., Adopt A Stream projects)
o Education Program