Project LOCATION: Cyanika, northern Rwanda
Project start/end date: March 2013-Sept 2014
This project is the implementation of the Deck the Stalls fundraising campaign! In December of 2012, our supporters helped raise the necessary funds to complete this much needed project. After the recent completion of the successful ‘pilot’ program testing out new “Ecosan” latrines in the community, where it is impossible to dig pit latrines due to soil density, we will now be working with our local partner and newly trained masons to build latrines for 50 homes. This desperately needed project will answer some of the communities most pressing sanitation needs - which will in-turn keep newly constructed rainwater catchment tanks, and safe water reserves, free from water borne illnesses previously spread by the lack of latrines.
The recent Deck the Stalls campaign raised over $130,000 for latrines in Cyanika! The pilot program, which tested the new Ecosan latrine, proved a success this Spring. Now production will begin to build latrines for more homes in the area.
Due to the volcanic terrain in Cyanika, it had previously been difficult to develop a proper/safe latrine system. With over 7,000 people in Cyanka sector and limited sanitation coverage there is a significant need for improve sanitation access. A new latrine system is needed to properly dispose of wastes and keep newly found safe water sources free from contamination. New “Ecosan” latrines are the most appropriate solution for the rocky volcanic soils.