We have now built latrines in all 10 of our villages in Ampil Commune. Our survey has shown that out of 831 families only 230 have latrines, which means 67% of the people have nowhere to go but the bushes in back of their house.
A latrine costs $250 and it includes all that is needed for a successful long term project. We are using high quality underground with 3 concrete rings atop each other, a ceramic Asian style bowl and an outhouse structure made of bamboo and palm leafs. The program includes educational hygiene workshops, soap and Tippy Tap for washing hands after using the latrine and provision for repairs and pumping the tanks after they are full.
In true partnership each family has a financial commitment of $25 in order to have ownership of the latrine and take good care of it. Each family contributes labor to build the outhouse structure and some even make an improvement by adding a concrete tub or lights.