WARKA SANITATION

Warka Sanitation provides safe water for personal hygiene and adequate latrines. With a dry system, human waste is turned into useful compost.

CONTEXT

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Almost all the Pygmy’s communities, as well as many other communities in Cameroon is confronted with an important issue: the absence of Toilets. Sanitation and Hygiene facilities represent urgent needs to reduce the increasing health problems and diseases especially present in children below 5 years. This is a high-risk factor for the health of the community. A toilet is not a luxury, but a necessity for good hygiene and disease prevention for the entire community.

CONCEPT

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WS allows safe and convenient urination and defecation in an accessible, and dignified setting. With separated rooms (men/women), each toilet has 2 outlets: for urine and excrement (liquid / solid waste). It provides safe water and facilities for washing (sanitation and personal hygiene). It is designed to effectively captures human waste in a safe compartment and store it. With a dry system operates without flush water, the soil is added so that the excrement dries out quicker.

DESIGN

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It is designed to withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning. It is constructed with natural, sustainable materials indigenous to the region—earth, palm leaves, and wood adopting local techniques.

DESIGN

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The toilet reservoirs are underground and completely watertight so there‘s no risk of soil contamination. Likewise, with manure, there‘s no risk of contamination because human waste can no longer harbor diseases once it‘s completely dried out.

RECYCLING

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Once the solid waste is dry—a process that takes about one month—the resulting manure can safely be spread on the ground. The Urine, diluted, is used as a natural fertilizer. The human waste produced (feces and urine) is turned into useful compost and recycled to support agriculture and reforestation.

Activities

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Clean water, and good hygiene educational training, form a strong defense against #COVID19 and future disease outbreaks. Handwashing with soap and water is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. We organize personal hygiene training sessions at the Warka Village, we make it fun for the Pygmy children, handwashing can be a joyful moment, like playing a game.

Hand-washing

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"Hand-washing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Building hand-washing skills takes time. Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults. When you make a hand-washing part of your routine, you’re setting an example for your children to follow". said Arturo Vittori

Safe Water and Sanitation improve daily living quality and help to build a better future.