SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:01:12 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Games for Urine Diversion Toilets - by: CeciliaRodrigues
I hope you are doing fine! I am happy to hear that you're a featured user!

I came across this exhibition going on at the 'National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation', in Japan. I'm not sure if it was posted elsewhere here in the forum.

The pictures of the installation are quite nice and cute. It may serve as inspiration for games!

Training, education, WASH in schools Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:41 +0000
Seeking Input: Global Handwashing Day Resource - by: WASHanna
The current Planner's Guide may be found here.

The survey is available here.

If you have stories, photos, or ideas for what should be included in the update, please let me know!


Training, education, WASH in schools Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:10:11 +0000
Re: The work which Annie Kanyemba and I did with the school children in Epworth, close to Harare, Zimbabwe - by: elizabethtilley
I'm always so impressed at how many people- students, teachers, masons, etc.- you involve in the work, and what a huge, multiplying impact that must have in the long run.

Especially nice to see was Miss Zimbabwe! While it's easy to criticize beauty pageants as superficial, clearly she is using her fame for good use. Having her as a champion for menstrual hygiene management is such a success for bringing attention to a taboo subject and must have had a huge impact on the young women there. Bravo to her, Annie and you for addressing MHM in such a forthright and public way. It's a model that should surely be copied.

All the best,
Training, education, WASH in schools Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:08:14 +0000
The work which Annie Kanyemba and I did with the school children in Epworth, close to Harare, Zimbabwe - by: morgan
I am sending a short slideshow which briefly shows the work which Annie Kanyemba and I did with the school children in Epworth, close to Harare, Zimbabwe. Many aspects were covered, including toilet construction, recycling diluted urine to promote the growth of green vegetables, maize and trees, making hand washing devices, improving family wells etc.

Annie also worked with the school girls on the important subject of Menstrual Hygiene Management, and wrote the lovely booklet “Growing up at School.” The work was undertaken as a research project supported by SEI, Sweden. All the training and activities carried out by the pupils were performed as extra-curricular activities. The school curriculum in Zimbabwe does include details of various aspects of water supply, hygiene and sanitation. Learning practical skills at school is important, and that includes building and agriculture. I hope you will enjoy the short video.

SEI supported us from 2008 to 2010 with the work at schools. Then we carried on without external support. I still use the area as a research site. We are still at work. Currently working on several aspects of development in the school and WASH sector.

Best wishes

Peter Morgan]]>
Training, education, WASH in schools Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:33:04 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: morgan Good to hear from you again. Yes the practical side of things regarding sanitation and the Blair VIP was introduced into the school curriculum many years ago. Most school kids know what a Blair is and how it works. The practical side of construction did not develop however, and most of these toilets are built by artisans. What we tried to show was that school children can build in brick and make very effective toilets. Although the substructures can also be built by the children, they are too shallow for practical reasons. In our work, an artisan digs the pit and builds the substructure. The pupils can get involved in building the spiral superstructure and fitting a roof, if the school is happy with that. Otherwise the artisan does the whole job. This has been well described in our book on teaching ecosan at schools. We went further is showing that not only boys but girls can also do the construction work. It is very practical.
We are a research organisation and not normally involved in further extension work.

But having said this, the concepts we have worked out on construction, could be taken much further by organsations that have budgets to do this. We have no money to do this.

What is interesting is that we have gone further, and shown that these Blair VIP units, when made as single units can be designed so they can be emptied and the extracted material processed in a safe way and then recycled (eg in orchards or tree plantations such as woodlots). This can be done at household level, but perhaps more importantly at the school level. Currently the GOZ recommends multi-compartment Blair VIPs for schools, a design we worked out years ago. But with new methods of construction, single units may actually be cheaper to construct and have greater flexibility and benefits.

Annie has also performed work with the school girls in relation to menstruation and the use of toilets for girls.

It seems to me that this whole package could make a huge impact on school sanitation on this continent. But to do this, requires a budget and an organisation equipped to do so. We can train and teach, but need some sort of support even to do this.

What we have shown is that this system can work and is both possible and practical.

I guess that has been Aquamor's role

Very best wishes

Training, education, WASH in schools Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:02:09 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: christian.rieck Great to read from you on this forum. In your work you have not only showed how girls learn how to construct toilets, but rather all students, boys and girls. I guess it is in particular a genuine set up in Zimbabwian school system, to have practical teaching. It would be great to include this practical teaching on how to construct stuff in a simple way to other countries. Can you tell us, how it came about in the school system of Zimbabwe?

Training, education, WASH in schools Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:36:25 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: morgan Thanks for replying to this and glad you are still globe trotting as they say. Yes we are still tinkering away on a tiny scale here. Elisabeth has urged me to put some of the more recent material on this site and I am learning how to handle the system. Curious that much of the stuff I am now placing on this site has already been placed on our website for some time. I guess the method of introduction and the process of reacting may draw more attention to individual papers, reports, files or videos etc. Since leaving the SEI group, I have been paying more attention to water supplies in my retirement. But of course retirement is not possible in this discipline!!! I guess we are all trying from all angles. Great to be in touch. Keep well.
Very best wishes
Training, education, WASH in schools Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:10:47 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: madeleine
Good to see you participate in this forum. I am currently in Kenya after visiting Burkina Faso and passing Ethiopia. It is so great to see traces from your genius robust and sustainable technology being shared from west to east and from north to south. In Northen Ghana at Tamale University Medical students are instructing communities to construct and use aborloos and other of your simple technologies. There are no funds for the infrastructure but through the students the communities understand the importance and manage to construct with their own financial means. The understanding of the health and livelihood consequences of living without sanitation is a key , knowledge about sustainable technical solutions are important for improved community health over time. Integrating this knowledge and practice in the communities into curricula university module is a way sharing knowledge with little cost but with knowledge and monitoring . In addition the knowledge is brought forward by the enthusiastic knowledge "hungry " youth. You met and and inspired Mustapha at our ASKNet meeting in Vilancolus 2008 , your books and knowledge are now brought forward by his students. They also introduce reuse to the communities. Great development and the power of knowledge is convincing.

Warm regards from Madeline in a Rainy Nairobi]]>
Training, education, WASH in schools Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:31:32 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: morgan Yes indeed, the more school girls get through their entire education system the better - for the whole African continent. And that's not just for Africa. So every means possible should be used to achieve this goal. And one way is to place "grown up school girls" in the control seats, where they can make important decisions which can be put into practice. And those that are willing to say what is in their mind, without fear ...from personal experience.
Best wishes
Training, education, WASH in schools Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:33:07 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: arno Regards
Training, education, WASH in schools Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:26:06 +0000
Re: We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Zimbabwe - by: muench
It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you on this forum and I hope you will enjoy the exchanges with others so much that you will become a regular contributor here on the forum.

To all:
In case anyone doesn't know yet who this Peter from Zimbabwe is:
He is no less than the winner of the Stockholm Water Price from last year (the best choice they ever made!) - and the loveliest and most humble guy! He has worked for many years on ecological sanitation together with Stockholm Environment Institute, but also for many years and decades on simple water supply devices, handwashing, school toilets, Blair VIP latrine and so on.

If you have a moment, I encourage you to read about Peter's work and listen to some of his presentations and interviews here:

Forum entry from last year when he won the Stockholm Water Prize:

Video from a presentation he gave at the seminar at World Water Week on "WASH Cases in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Learning from WASH System Failures: Resilient Risk Reduction, A seminar at World Water Week 2013 organised by SEI and MS):

An interview with Sasha Kramer from SOIL:

This interview was also praised by Christoph Platzer here:

Some of this photos:

And here you see a photo of Peter's equally amazing co-worker, Annie Kanyemba, teaching school children how to build their own simple toilets:

Training, education, WASH in schools Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:14:29 +0000
We can do it - Teaching school girls how to build toilets (Blair VIPs) in Epworth near Harare, Zimbabwe - by: morgan
Elisabeth has encouraged me to write to the forum, so here goes. In way of introduction, I am Peter Morgan. I have lived in Zimbabwe for 42 years, where I have worked, amongst other things, on rural water supply and sanitation. Some of my written works and those of my colleague Annie Kanyemba can be found in the SuSanA library already*. Today I am adding a link to a publication written by Annie about the work she has done on teaching school girls how to build toilets:;type=2&id=1614.

It goes to show what is possible in the school environment and what can be achieved with a little training.

Best wishes to you all


Peter Morgan,
Harare, Zimbabwe

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Training, education, WASH in schools Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:29:54 +0000
group handwashing linked to mid-day meal - by: inajurga via Murat Sahin how Unicef India used a great window of opportunity to promote handwashing with soap at schools linked to critical time (mid-day meal).

Today, three Ministries in India put together joint press adverts in national newspapers (I.e. Hindustan Times, Times of India, India Express, Business Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran. (click on page 2 of the english version). The add highlights the excellent The mid-day meal programme which reaches to more than 1.2 million schools and 110 million children on a daily basis. The advert brings in daily group hand washing as part of the mid-day meal programme for the first time. Government self-finances and scales up the group handwashing as part of Mid-Day meal scheme.

Hats off to the Incredible India WASH in Schools Team in finding the right entry point for scaling up WASH in Schools.

And have a look at this fun midday meal and group handwashing video:
Training, education, WASH in schools Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:05:48 +0000
Re: Minzoto School in Dungu, DR Congo - questions about new toilets and handwashing stations - by: susanaforum
In response to your suggestion:
Have you seen Christophe Elain's book, "un petit coin por soulager le planete"? I have only seen the illustrations, but am confident that the text is equally great. Does anyone know of a version that can be read online?

There is now a thread which has started here: by the author, Christophe Elain, regarding funding opportunities for dry/ composting toilets which they are offering from the proceeds of the book.

More information about the book is also available here:

Kind regards,

on behalf of the SuSanA Secretariat]]>
Training, education, WASH in schools Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:58:08 +0000
Re: Minzoto School, Dungu DRC - by: canaday
About your question concerning potential contamination of the groundwater from dispersing urine just under the top of the soil, this would be of little or no concern, if the water table is at least (I would say) one meter down, there are no streams or water wells within a distance of say 16 meters, and plants like fruit trees are allowed to grow. If this was wastewater from water-based toilets, the risk would be much, much greater, with so much water pushing the contamination forward. My proposal is to disperse the urine (maybe diluted with some graywater) in hoses with tiny holes every 50 cm (which I make by poking pieces of plastic lollypop sticks, which are tine pipes, into the hose), buried 10 cm under the suface of the soil. Maybe one separate 12-meter-long hose for each urine funnel. If the soil is hard, impermeable clay, as I seem to see on your Facebook page,
and you have lots of manpower, you may want to lay the hoses on the soil (staked down wherever they tend to lift up) and cover the entire area of these hoses with 10 or 12 cm of sandy soil or pure sand from the river.

I suggest planting a wide variety of useful plants, including bananas, fruit trees, grass for forage, palms for thatch, and bamboo for construction. Time will show which adapt best to these conditions and are most productive and valuable.

Is there a trash problem there (like in so many other countries)? What are the main components of this trash? The edges of this raised bed could be formed by pushing glass bottles (or plastic bottles filled with sand). The trick is to open a hole with a pole or a digging bar, insert the bottle up-side-down, and step on it to the desired height.

The FB photos show the precarious state of the school's infrastructure. What is your plan for building roofs?

I think it will be key to find (preferably natve-French-speaking) volunteers to stay for long periods of time (optimally entire school years). They could teach other subjects, while educating about UDDTs and coordinating maintenance. I took the liberty to write to following organization to ask if they could send volunteers:
There must be other good organizations of volunteers. The USA Peace Corps unfortunately no longer works in the DRC.

I have been seeing in the internet that this region suffers a terribly high incidence of rape. This is all the more reason to use decomposed feces as cover material, since it would be on hand to throw at any rapist who shows up, and, unlike the students and teachers, the rapist will not likely have learned that decomposed feces are totally safe. ("Eat sh*t, you rapist!")

Please tell more about the initial connection with this particular school.

By the way, I speak French (having studied my last year in high school in Quebec as an AFS exchange student), in case you want to run any educational materials past me ... or to write new ones. Do the locals speak (or at least understand) normal French?

Have you seen Christophe Elain's book, "un petit coin por soulager le planete"? I have only seen the illustrations, but am confident that the text is equally great. Does anyone know of a version that can be read online?
This would be good for all to read at the school.

Best wishes,
Training, education, WASH in schools Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:39:01 +0000