Chhulemu is a village located in the Taksindu District of the Solukhumbu Region of Nepal and consists of twenty-eight subsistence farming families. It’s the village where HDF’s Skylights for Schools program began. Don visited the village on his trek in the fall of 2013 and conducted a needs assessment meeting with the villagers. They unanimously told him they wanted better toileting and improved farming methods. Our mission for both the near term (better toileting) and long term (improved farming methods) was set.
At that time, villagers use outhouses built on the sides of hills, with human waste being deposited directly on the ground below. By moving away from that toileting method, the village could eliminate the potential of public health risk through groundwater contamination and other means, and improve personal hygiene.
We researched best practices for improved toileting in developing worlds and learned about the EcoSan* composting toilet. HDF has built over 20 of these toilets in Chhulemu, and now the foundation is focused on building this type of toilet in the nearby village of Chinakpu.
Chinakpu consists of 35 families, each requesting an EcoSan toilet. Over time we have been able to reduce the unit cost and today materials for a toilet, coupled with hiring local carpenters totals $250.
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