The foundation strives to create an equitable, peaceful world in which everyone can thrive. We work in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States, with a concentration in Baltimore. We focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene; cleaner cooking; ecumenical and interfaith community building; and social justice.
We approach our work mindful of the people and communities impacted by our work and the systems that need to be addressed to create meaningful, lasting change. We actively listen to our partners, who are sometimes in the early stages of their endeavors, and we provide them with the funding they need to pilot innovations and prove solutions. We recognize that our grantees deeply understand the issues in ways that we cannot, and we are willing to try new—and sometimes experimental—approaches and to fill needs that drive the change they seek.
Our Partners In Action: Sanergy
Sanergy provides safe, affordable, and innovative sanitation services to residents in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya. It has pioneered the field of container-based sanitation, which captures, transports, and transforms human waste into usable products, all without using sewers. In a city where most people don’t have access to safe sanitation, Sanergy deploys franchised toilets that provide hygienic, appealing sanitation services at a low cost. It then collects the waste and transports it to a facility outside the city, where it converts it into products such as high-protein animal feed and high-yield fertilizer. Wherever possible, Sanergy uses market-based approaches, such as collecting fees and selling products, that minimize the need for public subsidies. For this reason, the organization is already more cost-effective than sewers, and it expects that cost advantage to increase rapidly as it scales. Osprey has supported Sanergy for several years with grants for it to research and develop waste-based products and to expand its network. As of December 2018, Sanergy had a network of almost 2,000 toilets that were collectively used more than 60,000 times daily, reaching more than 15 percent of the population in the areas it served.