How to Build a Pit Latrine
Just a Drop has built latrines all over the world. Here's a step-by-step guide to the process, taken from one of our projects in Zambia.
17. The pupils of Kinnertone School are led out to view the completed latrines and are told which are for staff use, and which for boys and girls.
14. Without the involvement of African Revival and a donation from The Holy Trinity Church in south Wimbledon, these latrines would not have been built...
8. To make the concrete slab on which the main part of the latrine will stand, a wooden mould is created around the two pits and they are covered with wire and lengths of wood.
7. The brick structure is split into two with another wall down the middle, effectively making two latrine pits side-by-side.
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6. The pit foundations are continued until they are level with the surrounding ground.
5. The builder begins by building up a rectangular brick structure within the pit, slightly away from the pit walls.
3. Members of the local community helped to dig the four large pits for the new latrines, with individuals taking it in turns to provide labour each day.
2. Up until early 2011, Kinnertone School had only two latrines serving 130 pupils and several staff. One of the latrines was not even in use as the roof had collapsed making it unsafe and affording no privacy.