In developing successful projects on an international level it is absolutly vital to ensure that local people are properly trained as well as being empowered to manage any system that is being set up locally.
An even better option is to plan projects together from the beginning and show in real life how appropriate technologies are being used.
The following pictures and impressions should help showing what we mean by local empowerment.
Appropriate sanitation for Rwanda
The bischop from Byumba/Ruanda Servillien Nzakamwita together with Gottfried Nyssen from Kredit für Africa, an NGO promoting water and sanitation in Rwanda, and the DWC team (Christian Wilhelm, Cornelia Wilske and Oliver Kopsch) have been visiting a dry toilet installation in a private house in Germany.
Winfried Mannert, who has installed the dry toilet and composting system in his private house already 18 years ago is still happy with its performance.
One of the toilets installed in the 2nd floor of the house is operating without any water for flushing (dry toilet). The content is not separated into urin of faces separation but it freeflows directly into the ventilated collection chamber located under the kitchen. Together with the biological waste of the kitchen the composting chamber dries the waste and produces compost.
Although understood in principle one of the key learnings was again that the composting chamber produces no unpleasant smells and that it is extremely easy to operate. Careful planning and installation of any appropriate sanitation solutions is key to its sustainable operation.