Two and a half billion people in this world do not have toilets. People in the developed world can't imagine living without a toilet, but it's the normal situation for many billions of human beings. Imagine if your toilet is a hole in the ground some distance from your dwelling, kept far away because of the odor and the flies. Imagine if you are elderly, or have trouble walking, or are dealing with a large family, or have many little children, or are sick, or have diarrhes. How nice it would be to have a toilet indoors at night, in the rain, an odorless toilet that doesn't pollute the environment, one that eliminates human disease organisms. That's what compost toilets are: a solution to the sanitation problem where water toilets will never work.
If you would like to help us financially, please send us an email. We can connect you to the proper funding channels.
Compost toilets are being adopted in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, and worldwide, not just in Africa. Contact us if you're working in this field and let's see if we can help each other out!
We need help in any way possible, from transport of materials, to construction of toilets, to creating cover materials, to making compost bins, to training compost managers and end users.
Our first project in Tanzania, thanks to an Australian named Ruth Dykyj, is coordinated by Joseph Lawrence Lacha, of Dongobesh and Arusha. Joseph is a leading visionary in the compost toilet movement in Tanzania.
"Billions of people live without access to even the most basic sanitation services. Billions more are exposed to harmful pathogens through the inadequate management of sanitation systems, causing people to be exposed to excreta in their communities, in their drinking water, fresh produce, and through their recreational water activities."
Providing comfortable, secure, convenient, odorless, indoor, sanitary toilets for low-income people is a dilemma that has vexed developers and sanitation workers for generations. Billionaire philanthropists try to reinvent the toilet by creating yet another hi-tech disposal device, priced way out of reach of those who need it the most.
Human excrement is a recyclable resource. It has value as food for microbes. The microbes eat it, along with just about any other organic materials we can throw at them, and they convert it to compost. When composting is used as a sanitation system, sewage can be eliminated, as can diseases associated with fecal contamination of the environment.
The microbiological transformation of organic material into compost and soil is something most people have never even heard of. Yet, the processes are simple and within the grasp of even the most primitive cultures.
Joseph Lawrence Lacha is dedicated to improving the lives of his community.
Joseph teaches the Dongobesh village elders about compost toilets.
Ruth is a waitress in Australia who saves her tips until she has enough money to go to Africa and help people obtain compost toilets.
Joe Jenkins, from Pennsylvania USA, provides voluntary consulting and support services.
Too many to name!
We appreciate the help of all of the generous people who have donated their time!