Nepal Earthquake Low-cost Sanitation Initiative

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation


Following our tremendous success providing low-cost water and sanitation to thousands of Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines, we will send a small team to Nepal in order to train the locals how to effectively install low-cost, robust, hygienic latrines using local materials. Together with latrine installation will be water and sanitation capacity-building activities to local communities, organizations and schools.
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Following the massive destruction after the earthquake in Nepal will also be the dire problem of sanitation of thousands of affected residents. Without proper sanitation is the eminent spread of diseases as a result of open defecation. Our solution which is very effective during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is to provide low-cost, robust and hygienic toilets and hygiene kits and then training the local residents on sanitation and hygiene.


We will provide communal latrines to poor residents affected by the earthquake. Our latrine design will depend on the situation and comprises toilets that does not use water and pour-flush. We will utilize local materials as well as train local artisans how to build the toilets. In so doing, we will be able to engage them and provide some economic support. We anticipate a lot of organizations needing assistance in providing water and sanitation and we will provide a model for them.

Long-Term Impact

The implementation of water and sanitation to thousands of earthquake survivors in Nepal would mean that the spread of diseases as a result of open defecation will be prevented. This will mean quick recovery as healthy people are able to contribute to long-term recovery effort.



Organization Information

Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Location: Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Elmer Sayre
Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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