Household Toilet Construction

Small Change with a Big Impact

Owning and having access to her own toilet was a distant dream for Rita Ama Yeboah. “All my life I have been compelled to use a toilet which was also used by other people in my neighborhood,” she said. Due to this Rita was susceptible to diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, Hepatitis A and her worries exacerbated when she got pregnant with her first child.

Rita Ama Yeboah poses in front of her newly constructed toilet, which is built by GHEI to improve sanitation and hygiene standards for Rita and her family. © GHEI/Pratik Tandon

The answer to her worries was in GHEI’s Mother Mentor for Child Development Program (MMCD). We constructed a toilet for Rita and her family. She is now able to protect her family from sickness, diseases and other threats. “The biggest positive is that I have my own toilet now. It is clean and I don’t encounter bad odor anymore,” she revealed with a smile.

Constructing toilets has helped reduce the spread of infections especially in pregnant mothers and provided them with access to a private sanitation facility. In 2019, we adopted an eco-friendlier approach by constructing bio-digester toilets. Biodigester toilets digest organic solids in an ecologically friendly way and are a maintenance-free system. They prevent human waste and untreated water from contaminating groundwater. Since there are no existing sewage systems in the community, our solution is a good alternative to open defecation.

So far, we’ve built three such toilets and will continue to build more in our community.

To date, GHEI has built more than 35 toilets benefiting more than 500 people in Humjibre, Ghana. © GHEI/Pratik Tandon

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