Providing Toilets in Homes, Schools, Orphanages, and Hospitals
Cost: £450 / single toilet unit (double, triple etc cost less / unit as they share walls and foundations).
Cost December 2016, approx: USD $ 560 / ASD $ 760 / €540 / LKR (SL RS) 83,000
The Need For Toilets
Many villagers in Sri Lanka still have no toilets, as they are simply unaffordable. In the rural villages in which we work, average household incomes can be as little as £50 pcm,
In one area of 4 villages that we work with, 50/400 households have no toilet; in another, 50/50 houses have no toilet. Schools and hospitals often have insufficient toilets, or as in the case of an orphanage we work with, the brick built toilets have become unusable and need replacing. In schools, insufficient toilets for growing populations result in there being 1 toilet each for 50 staff, and 100 pupils .The lack of a domestic toilet poses a health risk for up to 2 km, due to the passage of flies, along with the more obvious result of the waste leaching into the water of the lakes where the people fish, bath, and wash their clothes.
Building the Toilets
The building of our toilets is overseen by our contractor, who, whenever possible, employs local villagers for the construction,
When labour is given free by the community, toilets can be built for approximately £325 / unit, however, this is often impractical as some families may have few available able bodied people, and those that are may well in the fields, or on day work with a longer term employer, or later in the day, in their fields standing guard against elephants who come to eat their crops.
Using our contractor means that the work does get done professionally, to a fixed time scale, and in the long run, at a cheaper cost, so that you know your money is spent on the items you donated to.