Updates and Reports

Summer School 2015 Quick Report

Fifteen participants in this year’s two-week Analyzing Earth FriendlyTechnologies: Studying Context, Culture and Design course delved into the world of sustainable technologies. Participants visited social and commercial projects working with green technologies in Puebla, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende as part of this international course. CATIS Mexico is proud to partner with IRRI Mexico and EWB-UK on this opportunity to create transformative educational experiences.  Interested in the course for 2016? Mark your calendars for July 2nd – 15th.


Rainwater Harvesting Report/Update

We finished installation of our new rainwater cistern designs in three rural communities this past week, providing more than 120,000 liters of annual water storage and potable water filtration for more than 40 families and 35 students. Take a moment to check out photos from the water cistern celebrations that took place on Friday, September 11 in the northern part of the state. Catch up on the latest happenings in our project report to Globalgiving.

Mark your calendars for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16 starting at 9 am EST for a Globalgiving 30% Matching day. Your donation will be matched 30% until matching funds expire and will help us build even more rainwater harvesting systems for people who have no other access to clean water! To support our other efforts such as fluoride removal research, water quality mapping, and our educational workshops, donate directly to CATIS Mexico. 


MK2 Kiln, Africa, and Engineers without Borders-Mexico

CATIS Mexico was pleased to host Alpha Oumar Diallo, who is researching options for more sustainable brick production in his birth country of Guinea. CATIS Mexico hosted Alpha in a visit coordinated by iCATIS and Engineers without Borders-Mexico.  Jeff Rottler organized a burn at our kiln so that Alpha could evaluate the technology used in two locations in Mexico (Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende). In his follow up report to iCATIS, Alpha praised Jeff for his “excellent information” about the MK Kiln technology. While this visit was coordinated to look at the MK Kiln technology, Alpha also became interested in evaluating ceramic water filtration, opining that it “would work exceptionally well in Guinea and it is my desire to bring this technology there.” CATIS Mexico hopes a seed was planted for future collaborations.