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How to Construct 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.
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& here's the technical bit about how VIP latrines work.

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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.

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1. The one remaining serviceable latrine at Kinnertone Community School.

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15. Painting has been completed on the first three latrines.

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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...

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13. You can see here the 2 old crumbling latrines on the right, next to the new ones under construction - what a difference!

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12. Here you can see the 4 latrines in their various stages of construction, from superstructure (far right) to simple pit (far left).

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11. Just weeks after work began, the first of the latrines has begun to resemble a latrine block!

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10. Cement is poured over the sheeting to make a slab. The cement slab - which has holes for the long-drops and ventilation pipes - must be watered for several days to prevent it from drying too quickly and cracking.

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16. Mike, the builder, plasters the outside wall of the fourth and final double latrine to be constructed.

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