Eco-Toilets in Ghana

Our project at a glance

60% of the population in Ghana do not have access to clean and safe sanitation (UNICEF/WHO 2015). Our project “Building eco-toilets in Ghana” intends to improve Ghana’s poor sanitation offering an innovative, economic, sustainable and environment-friendly facility to vulnerable city-dwellers working in Accra’s markets.

This project is part of our umbrella-project “Patenschaft Mittelmeer” / “Cooperation Across the Sea”.

The origins of the project

6 years ago, our Ghanaian partner Korley Nii Martey from J2N Global Sport personally equipped his village with its first traditional toilet facilities. He soon faced the problems arising from a non-improved sanitation with limited funding: flies, worms, odours, and the risk of disease. Determined to find a more hygienic and sustainable solution, he came across the successful pioneering Indian NGO Sulabh International Services (India) lead by Dr. Pathak, which took up toilet construction work for the poorest populations in India. Nii Martey travelled to India to have first-hand knowledge of how eco-toilets are built. Building on his personal knowledge of the country and his working experience in Austria, he has decided to set up a similar pilot project focusing on Accra’s vulnerable city dwellers, to be extended to other parts of the country needing urgent attention. The project not only involves a transfer of knowledge through the African diaspora in Austria but also seeks to ensure job creation and sustainable development in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Provide sustainable sanitation in Ghana

Access to sanitation and the management of human waste still have a catastrophic impact on health and environment in the world. In Ghana, 73% of the population still use shared, non-improved sanitation. A sad record in the sub-Saharan continent. Futhermore, only 19% of Ghana’s urban population has access to improved sanitation facilities. All the more vulnerable are the highly-populated areas where poor city-dwellers are deprived of proper sanitation, and have to bear the economic costs of this lack themselves.

Building eco-toilets for vulnerable city-dwellers… 

This project focuses on Accra’s Kokrobité market, where we propose to start off by building one public toilet accommodating 10 users at a time (6 for women, 4 for men) in an area of trade and food consumption highly exposed to hygienic issues.

… and protecting the environment

An eco-toilet consumes little water (only 2 litres instead of 10), and we will be using ecological products cleaning products so as to ensure the protection of the environment.  Furthermore, an eco-toilet is equipped to produce compost, thus offering the possibility of safe recycling of human waste into organic fertilizers to be used for agriculture.

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