Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education), is on a mission to work with youth and communities to help them find simple, low-cost, low-tech ways to improve sanitation and hygiene to reduce diarrhea. SHINE has been implemented and evaluated in Tanzania and in India.

Advocating the use of empowering and non-stigmatizing approaches to motivate behavior change, Project SHINE is an innovative, grassroots participatory science education and social entrepreneurship approach to engaging youth and communities in the development and evaluation of strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene in rural and remote settings.

Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene INnovation in Education) was initially developed in 2014 as part of a long-term transdisciplinary research collaboration between the University of Calgary, Canada, and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania and communities of Maasai pastoralists in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.  Funding for the project was awarded through a Stars in Global Health grant from Grand Challenges Canada which is financed by the Government of Canada. Take a look at this quick video to get a sense of the initial project concept and information about the study outcomes.

CTV filmmaker Rick Castiglione created a 10-minute documentary of SHINE Tanzania to give voice to participants in the project that captures both the essence and the scope of SHINE.


University of Calgary

Sheri Bastien, PhD (Founder)

Jennifer Hatfield, PhD 

Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD

Erin Hetherington, PhD candidate

Frank van der Meer, DVM, PhD 

Karin Orsel, DVM, PhD

Lisa Allen-Scott, PhD

Rita Henderson, PhD 

Keri Williams, PhD candidate

Vanessa Barr, Bhsc

Raida Khwaja, Bhsc

Lindsay Delmar, Bhsc

Erika Friebe, Bhsc

Owen Slater

Lauren Hebert, Bhsc

Marissa Nahirney, Bhsc

Mairead Whelan, Bhsc

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Bergen

Tina Paasche, MPhil

Lise Hovden, MPhil

Anise Gold-Watts, PhD (SHINE India project lead)

Marte Hovdenak, MPhil

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania


Dr. Mange Manyama, MD, PhD

Elias Charles Nyanza, PhD candidate 

Local team in Endulen, Tanzania

Saningo Olemshumba (project coordinator)

Nabaya Shangai (translator)

Kimani Kangweli (translator)

Laizer Lokida (translator)

Kishimbashi Endulen (translator)


Funding for several sub-studies and project components has been provided by the University of Calgary, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Camrose-based NGO Sahakarini and the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), Calgary.


Project Headquarters   

      Oslo, Norway                     


Project Sites 


      Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania


      Sri Puram, India                                                            




Partner Locations

       Calgary, Canada 

       Canmore, Canada

       Camrose, Canada

       San Francisco, USA

       Nairobi, Kenya                                           

       Ndola, Zambia 

Web design and maintenance: Bronwen Coulthard

ProjectSHINE is a charity supported by our ever-generous

funders and partners, and by you!

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