Sanitary facilities

This project is carried out in Burkina Faso by APPA
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Help build safe sanitary facilities

In most villages in Burkina Faso there is a lack of adequate sanitary facilities. The consequence is that villagers often relieve themselves close to their homes, which is bad for the environment.

For women and girls, no sanitary facilities means no privacy when they need to use the toilet. They usually wait until dark, which is very dangerous for them.
Villagers know that it is important to install toilets, but it is very difficult for them to find the necessary funding.

What does the project entail?

Building a toilet. This requires a lot of manpower and materials. Digging a proper hole is very important when it comes to installing a toilet that will be sustainable. The toilets we build are suitable for families of 10 and will work for a minimum of 10 years without any problems. If something does break down in between, then only stones, cement and manpower will be needed to repair the toilet.

Proper use of the toilets is guaranteed because we ask that the families help build them, and pay one third of the costs. The women are usually the ones who keep them clean. We already have toilets installed in our schools. People have been trained on how to use them so there is experience in the families on the proper use of a toilet.

What are the results?

There is better hygiene, a decline in the number of illnesses, and greater safety for women and girls, which is naturally very important. People can go to the toilet at any time of the day and no longer have to wait until dark.

How much does it cost?

The total cost for one toilet is 171 euros. A family contributes 60 euro to this amount. Families also help build the toilets and they keep them clean.

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