Sanitation First, formerly Wherever the Need, is one of the biggest providers of Ecosan toilets in the developing world. With poor sanitation killing more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, Ecosan toilets turn what is usually regarded as waste into a safe affordable compost and fertiliser, returning valuable nutrients to the soil and helping to increase crop yields. Ecosan toilets capture and contain waste, protecting water sources and the local environment from pollution, reducing contamination and preventing the spread of disease.
Since being established in 1997, we have changed the lives of over 50,000 people in India, Sierra Leone and Kenya. We feel our real work started in 2005 when we were introduced to something that fitted our belief structure; a long-term sustainable solution to poverty called ecological sanitation or ecosan for short. Since then our focus has remained on providing ecosan, clean water and livelihood programmes in a manner that allows people to work their own way out poverty.
Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Current projects in India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone
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