Basic sanitation facilities are something that most of us don’t have to think about. In rural Nepal, however, many homes and even some schools don’t have toilets – and many of the toilets that did exist prior to the 2015 earthquakes were no longer standing or safely usable afterward (as can be clearly seen in the above photo). This has obvious and significant negative implications for public health.
ETC was delighted to receive generous support from the Rotary Foundation and various Rotary clubs, including Trumansburg and Ithaca Noon, to build hundreds of new toilets at families’ homes after the quakes. Pictured here is Ramana Thami of ETC’s Deurali Women’s Group in her family’s new toilet. All 500+ were built with the direct help of the beneficiary families, who provided some of the building materials and labor to make this project possible.