Sanitation and hygiene

“Defecating in nature is not safe, it's not without risk. Join For Water and its partners built a "sanimarket" in our municipality, an initiative to promote toilet use and good hygiene. I received free advice to build a decent toilet.” - Joséphine Ayehoubo from Athiémé in Benin.

The figures are appalling: 1 person out of 3 doesn't have a decent toilet! This group of people uses a simple well in the ground, a bucket, a bag or defecates in the open air.

Having access to a toilet is a recognised human right and sanitation is a top priority in development cooperation. Join For Water and its local partners have been working hard for years: we help people understand the importance of good hygiene, and build toilets or inspire people to provide latrines themselves. In addition, we offer ecological draining services.

Drinking water contaminated

Those who can barely make a living do not initially think of the need for a toilet. But defecating in a pit, in the bushes, in a river or on the street has major consequences: it contaminates drinking water sources, and it leads to the spreading of diseases. And girls who don't have a toilet at school often drop out when they reach puberty, due to a lack of privacy. 

Enormous challenges

Every year, more than 500,000 children under the age of five die from diarrhoea due to a lack of clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. 

When building latrines, it is important to think about the next step right away: what about the faeces? Join For Water wants sustainable solutions. Either ecosan-latrines are chosen, in which solid and liquid faeces are collected separately and are later used as fertilizers. Alternatively, a draining service must be provided to remove the latrine sludge from the latrines and clean it ecologically.

The sanitation challenges are enormous and the already slow progress is slowed down even further by the rapidly growing world population. More people need to be able to use a decent toilet quickly, and that's why we should first focus on latrines that are shared by families.