Monday, May 3, 2010

Planning for a Busy Summer - Trip 1

I have big plans for travel this Summer.

First trip in June is India!! Can you believe it?

Our chapter of Engineers Without Borders is starting a new project near Pathanamthitta, India This is the southern part of India. We are going to work closely with a school and a small community of families. The first request that we have had is toilet facilities for the school. Right now the school uses a three walled enclosure for the toilet (number 1 only). The first trip is an assessment trip and we will evaluate which sort of toilet will be the best fit.

How many types of toilets are there?

To start with there are Pit Latrines. You know you dig a hole and put a seat on top on the hole. When the hole fills up, you bury it and dig a new latrine of you shovel it out.

Then there are various composting toilets that may be appropriate depending on the utilities available and user acceptance. There is no sense in building a wonderful composting toilet that no one uses or worse yet, everyone uses but no one maintains.

A water flush toilet even has many choices depending on the water supply and the options of where to send the waste - septic or sewer?

See I told you engineers are wonderful, that think about all your sh%%t so yo don't have to.

We will also be interviewing the poorest part of the community that live in thatched houses. We want to know what is there greatest need in the community, rather it be water, sanitation, better cooking stoves, or rain drainage.

This will be an exciting trip.


Carrie Wilson Link said...

India, WOW! So impressed and excited about what you're doing! You ROCK!

Kathryn said...

OMG I am so exicted, too Robin. I cannot wait to follow this. said...

Wow. What an amazing adventure!

Imagine life without toilets? You are going to be rock stars there!