Compost Toilets for Primary School
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A Primary School in Fiji has requested assistance constructing a set of six composting toilets for the school grounds. The composting toilets will solve water and sanitation issues at the school and provide valuable materials for soil improvement and farming. The committee has offered to donate timber and cement supplies but has requested Partnership funds for materials to build a foundation and housing for these new toilets. Once materials are gathered, construction will be carried out by a volunteer community carpenter with support from school parents and local youth. The construction should last six weeks
The school lies on sandy coastal flats in an area with limited fresh water. The new composting toilets will replace the current facilities which have fallen into disrepair and are leaking raw sewage. This waste flows freely into the school grounds and nearby reef, creating an unsafe environment for students and disrupting the nutrient balance within the ecosystem. The composting toilets solve these problems by breaking down the sewage and allowing it to be used for soil improvement. Because the compost toilets don’t use water, they reduce the strain on an already limited resource. The design also includes a new water tank for rainwater collection.
This is the first large-scale project for the school committee. Throughout planning, skills in program planning, budgeting, and scheduling have been transferred to the school committee. Additionally, many of the workers will be local youth who have left school early. During construction, they will learn valuable masonry and carpentry skills applicable to maintenance or future employment.