Thanks to the work done by the SODIS Foundation in orther communities, we were able to have the experience, knowledge and equipment necessary for the construction of DIY toilets.
Several workshops with the beneficiary comunity were conducted, speeking about:
"The importances of the availability of toilets at home, it helps reducing open defecation and contamination of surface water and prevent health problems caused by poor water and sanitation. Also access to the right to a safe and adequate sanitation, it guarantees the privacy of children and adults".
The technical team showed, thanks to posters (with the support of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, our funder in various projets and the municipal government) the importance of having toilets.
To build Eco-Toilets, each is composed of local material and non-local material, such as (local) adobes, straw, wood and non-local, cement for the construction of the plataband and PVC pipes.
The population took over the preparation of the adobes and the projects technicians carried the cement and pipes to the community.
Depending on the financial resources of each family, DIY Toilets of different "styles" form simploe to more elaborate were built.
But evey family has its toilets and a place to wash their hands. And some of them installed a shower !!
To date it has been possible to build Eco-Toilet in 4 families
We really hope that more families are encouraged to build their own DIY toilets, maybe watching the neighbor's toilet, they would have the same !!
With warm grettins from the whole project team
Always in the SODIS Foundation we have been lucky and have opportunities to work with volunteers.
The Foundation greatly appreciates volunteering, because it always gives us a different vision of the work we do with new eyes. Bringing new strategies and knowledge.
This beginning of the year after annual holidays, classes began again in February, with the first national event, carnival !
Now is the time to star the main key activities of the project:
You may ask, why do we have to redo these activities who have to be already an integral part of everyday life ?
For some very important reasons:
And this year we start with the help of 2 volunteers who are going to supported us in various scheduled activities:
As you can see it is a season start of activities, coordination with different schools. planning, due to the holidays. These activities actually willn begin in April.
We thank you in advance for your support. And feel free to reach us if you have some questions and comments!
With warm greetings from the whole project team,
What’s new on Eco-Toilet,
Building in Bolivia is always a challenge, due the altitude and the distance!
On this first period, we focused on trying to have counterparts of the municipality.
Why is it important?
Our technical team, has working hard. They had a lot of workshop, explaining the importance of having first of all toilet. Because in rural area, the people use to do it in open fields. And of course they don’t have the washing hands habits!
For question of salubrity, hygiene and health it’s really important that the people realize they have to make a change in their life. It’s not always easy to change our habits. Especially when you, your family, your grandparents and all the community have done it, that way, since like forever.
That was a really big challenge for our team. And next challenge was to explain why to build their own Eco-Toilet.
And why Self-building?
At the same time, we analyze the quality of the water of the population. Because we want to have a comprehensive project that include also safe drinking water and hygiene.
So far we have located 7 families willing to build their own Eco-Toilet ! We are really excited beginning the construction !!
With warm greetings from the whole project team.