Vital Stepping Stones

Our GroSan toilets provide vital stepping-stones between education, health, security and wellbeing. Something as basic as access to a toilet can mean children stay healthy, stay in school and have a brighter future. Research shows with toilets in schools, there is a 15% increase in girls attending school. Since 2005 we have provided GroSan toilets to over 155,000 school children in India.

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Dignity & Respect

It’s not just about toilets. It’s about respect. And thanks to our supporters, we’re able to give more respect, dignity and hope to some of the poorest people in the world.

Why Toilets?

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Health

There are 2.4 Billion people without a toilet. Diarrhoea is a bigger killer of children more than, Aids, Malaria and Measles combined. “Almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources.” World Health Organisation

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Education

One of the biggest factors causing girls to leave education
is the lack of privacy and safety when going to the toilet. After a toilet is constructed in a school we have seen a 15% increase in the number of girls enrolling.

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Women

Women fear being attacked every time they have to defecate in the open, and for good reason, they’re not safe doing so. In India women go swimming in the sea fully clothed and actors in movies don’t ever kiss.  Yet women are forced to reveal the most intimate part of their body every day when the need the toilet.

A global sanitation crisis

An estimated 2.4 billion people (one third of the world’s population) do not have access to a toilet. Without access to a toilet, people get sick from contaminated water. Sickness prevents them from attending school or work, forces them into debt to buy expensive healthcare, and perpetuates the cycle of debt.

Ecosan

In our opinion ecosan is the ultimate eco-toilet. Why? Because of the unique way it works by separating urine and faeces, the byproduct(s) are a safe soil conditioner and a liquid fertiliser. Compare this with a cesspit where a foul dangerous sludge needs dealing with once the tank is full, a solution that is commonly supplied as the solution to communities without a toilet.

Sustainability

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Unlike western toilets that rely on a huge sewerage infrastructure to work, an ecosan toilet does not need any infrastructure at all.  In fact we are confident that once built each ecosan toilet has at least a 30-year list span no matter how bad the monsoon rain is that year.

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Fertiliser Crisis

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“All farmable soil could be gone in 60 years. Given soil grows 95 per cent of our food, and sustains human life, this is a huge problem. Many would argue soil degradation is the most critical environmental threat to humans,” New Scientist.

Humanure produced from one person using an ecosan toilet would produce enough nutrient rich humus to fertilise an area of crops to feed that person for a year.

Every Day

Every day, about 1,800 children under the age of five die of illnesses linked to unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s more than half a million a year – or about one a minute (UNICEF)

Our Work

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Community

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Schools

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Family

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