The Loo Queue
Scarab saving school children with sustainable sanitation.
Pit latrines (or longdrops) are simple structures, where a deep man-made hole is covered with a toilet. These facilities were designed to enclose toilets / pans, and were placed directly on top of the hole, often without a concrete base. The loo could simply fall over, or break, and perhaps whilst in use. Some cases, there is not even a toilet, but a wooden cover with a hole in the middle. Whilst many VIP's offers walls and roof structures, some were badly erected and the inside areas were prone to rainwater ingress, thus becoming slippery. Furthermore, all parents will know that children will mess, and community ablution facilities in a rural town are notorious for unhygienic conditions.
Pit Latrines - rural areas
Schools pit latrines
Flushing Pit latrines in Limpopo
They are death traps.
Recent reports of children falling into these pit toilets, and perishing under tragic circumstances, is unaccetable. When kids die, the whole community suffers, and here is sadness and resentment. Quite justifiably so, as the very next day, the same facilities are used, for the very same reason. They have to go.
The communal VIP concept has now been flushed.
Sanitation Solutions for rural communities
Scarab was invited to the launch function on the 14th March 2023, of this new phase in the permanent removal of the VIP toilets at schools in Limpopo. Top dignitories from the Dept Water & Sanitation - Dep Minister, David Mahlobo, the mayor, and Kobus Duvenhage - Programme director of Lebalelo, Tim Boshof, and the engineer Dries Grundlingh, attended this event.
Besides the removal of VIP's, the schools inherited new changerooms, toilet block, an IT centre, intenet and solar power. The Scarab system recycles the treated wastewater to flush the toilets. And saving water.
Kwata School upgraded sanitation
Scarab Water at Kwata school
Over the many years, families have become so accustomed to living in squalor, it becomes the norm. The people stop complaining - whats the point, right? The local authorities feel that they are performing in the best interests of the community, and relax.
Then a child dies.