Great news from Kateryna Zemskova of Good Earth Nepal.org: “We are proud to announce the completion of our first hyperadobe toilet in Madurai, India. [For new readers: hyperadobe uses raschel mesh earthbags. See this hyperadobe step-by-step article with photos and building directions. Also, you can search our blog for further details.]
The toilet will be used by homeless people rescued from the streets, orphans, mentally ill and elderly who live in “Hands of Compassion Home”, run by Emmanuvel Charitable Trust. Currently 50 residents live in the home and the organization provides them with food, clothes, rehabilitation and medical services.”
Related article: Earthbag Method is Ideal for Constructing Community Toilets in India We feel that earthbag/hyperadobe is ideal for constructing toilets under the Central government’s Swachh Bharat scheme. Government funding has already been appropriated. If this prototype proves to be less expensive and practical to build (which it appears to be) then other NGOs may start using this method. Building eco toilets is a good way to introduce earthbag in India because toilets are much simpler and lower cost than building houses and schools. The next step might be building earthbag water tanks. Then maybe introduce shelters and/or small houses.