Sierra Leone's cholera outbreak is all over the news and a few of the links to the headlines are listed below. Cholera is a preventable disease but it spreads like wildfire in a country such as Sierra Leone ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. Lack of housing, crowded living conditions, poor to no sanitation, a lack of understanding of basic hygiene, lack of clean water all of these descriptions help create the picture of why the epidemic is traveling so fast and why more will die before the epidemic is over.
GGM's construction of composting latrines and their introduction into the Western area of Freetown may help in a small way to introduce new ideas which hopefully can begin to travel faster than the epidemic. On September 22, 2012 a small GGM team will be traveling to Freetown. Working with local teen agers who have previously agreed to assist with this project and, with funds raised to date from our Globalgiving project. A minimum of two latrines will be built on the clinic compound. After one of the latrines is filled it is closed and lies dormant for at least one year. After that time if it is completely dry it can be emptied and the human waste can be used as fertilizer for gardens. While it is dormant the second latine is in use. Once built we will begin to open this idea to the community and help teach them how they can build their own family composting latrines.
We look forward to sharing the results of this project with you when we return in mid-October.
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