Improvement of the sanitary fittings supplementary with awareness raising about correct usage of water and toilets.
In Peru, Islas de Paz, a Belgian NGO, is working in the region of the city of Huánuco on sanitary improvement. Due to the scarcity of water in the region, the villagers have little to no access to drinking water and have a limited basic hygiene. Furthermore, the primitive toilets are located near the river, causing a severe contamination of the drinking water supply. This strengthens the risk of diseases and infections.
In collaboration with Islas de Paz, Humasol will provide ecological toilets to twelve families in Tres Manantiales, Peru. It is a pilot project that can be expanded in the upcoming years. Three Belgian students will work together with two local thesis students to choose the most suitable design, install the toilets and create a greater awareness for a correct water and toilet usage. This type of toilets makes sure that the discharges will not contaminate the ground water, by intercepting them in a little container. The faeces can be turned into compost to give the valuable nutrients back to the soil. So, the groundwater won’t get infected with opportunistic pathogenic micro-organisms and the risk of diseases and infections will be lowered significantly. Furthermore, due to the limited water supply, it is crucial that the villagers learn how to have a decent hygiene even though using little water. The knowledge about the correct water and toilet use can subsequently be transferred to other villages in the neighbourhood.
Steven De Baerdemaecker
Tres Manantiales, Peru
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