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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Access to clean water promotes handwashing. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent water related diseases. Warka Sanitation provides safe water for washing (sanitation and personal hygiene) and adequate latrines. With a dry system, human waste is turned into useful compost.

DESIGN

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With separated facilities (men/women), each toilet has 2 outlets: for urine and excrement (liquid/solid waste). Instead of flushing, the soil is added so that the excrement dries out quicker. Once the solid waste is dry, the resulting manure can be spread on the ground. The Urine, diluted, it is used as a natural fertilizer.

Activities

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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 future.