by B Brendan Worsley
Sago Network is fundraising for the Sago Dry Toilet, because everyone has the right to a safe toilet!
Access to a safe toilet is an essential human right however in Papua New Guinea, 65% of people are without access to a safe toilet and 13% of Papua New Guineans don’t have a toilet at all (a safe toilet is a latrine that separates waste from human contact).
In response to this, Sago Network has been dedicated to designing and testing the Sago Dry Toilet, a new and innovative solution to help bring safe toilets to even the most remote places in PNG. For the past five years, Sago Network has been testing the Sago Dry Toilet in rural communities all throughout Papua New Guinea. The Sago Dry Toilet is now in high demand so we are seeking to fundraise $75,000 to purchase a mould so that the Sago Dry Toilet can be mass produced and manufactured in PNG and thus distributed at a lower cost and larger quantity, reaching the places where it is needed most!
A major contributing factor that limits access to safe toilets in PNG is the high-water table and flood prone environments that are home to a large portion of the nation’s population. 87% of PNG live in rural areas and while pit toilets are often a safe and cost-effective toilet option in rural spaces, flooding and high-water table environments make it is difficult for people to build a conventional pit toilet as they quickly fill with water, contaminating drinking water and soil, and contributing to the spread of diseases. In high water table areas pit toilets have a lifespan of around six months which also makes the continuous rigour of building new toilets unsustainable.
The Sago Dry Toilet is an above ground, waterless latrine that dries out waste, making a sand-like output that is safe to dispose of. Unlike a conventional toilet, the system is lightweight and transportable via canoe, banana boat or car, and will last approximately 15-20 years.
Join Sago Network’s fundraising campaign today and help raise $75,000 for the Sago Dry Toilet, so safe toilets can reach as many rural communities in PNG as possible.