Household Compost Latrine Project

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Household Compost Latrine Project
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Region: Western
Country: Ghana
Volunteer(s) Name: PCV Lagos
Volunteer(s) Homestate: New_Jersey
Funds community contributed: GHCwarning.png"GHC" is not a number.
Funds needed were: GHCwarning.png"GHC" is not a number.
Funds requested were: GHCwarning.png"GHC" is not a number.
Year of project approval: 2010
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Info about the Household Compost Latrine Project


[edit] Title

Household Compost Latrine Project

[edit] Purpose and Approach

In this community, three bodies of water surround the town, which makes disposing of human waste a critical matter to maintain adequate water sanitation. With this in mind, public latrines were constructed in the past without success. Public latrines were misused, uncared for and filled with stigma within the community. During subsequent meetings, it was decided that building latrines for individual households was the best solution. A theory that has been validated by five existing household latrines that have been in service for 12 years in the community. With a community of 5,500 people, five household latrines are not nearly enough to fill the need. Therefore, the construction of eight latrines by this project will surely help curve the indiscriminate defecation that plagues the community, while providing a source of fertilizer for the community simultaneously.

Background Information Worldwide 2.6 billion people live without access to effective latrines.  This contributes heavily to the widespread incidence of water-related diseases, which kill a child every 15 second. Diarrhea kills 2 to 3 million children globally every year and is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in children less than 5 years. The Central Intelligence Agency’s World Fact book states that the people of Ghana are at a “very high” risk of contracting bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever, all from the consumption of food or water containing fecal matter. According, to WaterAid 8,420 children under 5 die annually from diarrhea in Ghana. The simple solution of making latrines available to the families can help prevent these diseases.

[edit] Objective

The community has additionally identified the following specific goals and objectives in order of priority:

  1. To provide a place for safely storing human excrement and converting it into a less infectious highly fertile material.
    1. Provide an opportunities for families to have a household compost latrines
  2. To promote the use of latrines in Princess Town
    1. To provide education on both compost latrines and the importance of the use of latrines in general.

[edit] Action Plan

  1. Conduct a community meeting to explain and give out applications.
  2. Review applications and select the families who will receive latrines.
  3. Have a meeting with the families involved to start the education on how to properly use the compost latrines.
  4. Gather materials for building latrines.
  5. Build latrines.
  6. Assess each family's compost latrine as it is completed.
  7. Final group meeting with all families to reinforce their proper use.
  8. Weekly checkups of latrines until one side it is ready to be covered.

[edit] Budget

Currency Exchange Rate: 1.45 Ghana Cedis = 1.00 US Dollars

Community Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Sand 20 trips 120 2,400 1,655.17
Stone 20 trips 80 1,600 1,103.45
Carpenter labor 8 latrines 60 480 331.03
General labor (for digging pits) 8 latrines 50 400 275.86
Steel bender 8 latrines 50 400 275.86
Land for latrine (5 m x 5 m plot) 8 100 800 551.72
Total 6,080 4,193.09

Partnership Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Cement 300 bags 13 3,900 2,689.66
Iron rod 70 10 700 482.76
Wood 2" x 4" 48 5 240 165.52
Roofing sheets 25 16 400 275.86
Binding wire 8 4 32 22.72
Base boards 20 6 120 82.76
Roofing nails 10 pounds 3 30 20.69
4" nails 20 pounds 2 40 27.59
3" nails 10 pounds 2 20 13.79
4 meter PCV pipe 10 5 50 34.48
PCV elbows 20 5 100 68.97
Mason labor for toilet construction 8 hours 180 1,440 993.10
Wood ash (for composting) 20 bags 3 60 41.38
Door frame 8 30 240 165.52
Doors 8 30 240 165.52
Hinges for doors 16 3 48 33.10
Padlock 8 2 16 11.03
Transportation of materials 1 trip 100 100 68.97
Reproduction of sanitation posters 1,000 1.60 1,600 1,103.45
Total 9,394 6,478.62

Total Project Cost
 % Contribution Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Community Contribution 39 6,080 4,193.09
Partnership Contribution 61 9,394 6,478.62
Total Project Cost 15,474 10,671.71

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[edit] Project Reflection and Sustainability

The usage of the household compost latrines will be monitored closely with direct observation by the Assemblyman Roland Aquah and the Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow-up visits will be made to the households that received the latrines 1-2 times a week for 10 months to find out whether they are being used properly. Compost latrines are suppose to produce little or no odor if used correctly, if odor is detected the family will be given further education and follow up visits will continue. In households where the latrines are not being used correctly, we will "trouble shoot" and try to determine why and then how to alleviate the problem through educating the family on the benefits of using the compost latrine correctly.

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