In the rural communities surrounding San Miguel, open defecation is widely practiced simply because there are no alternatives. Merely building toilets is not necessarily the answer to the problems caused by open defecation as, more often than not, the facilities fall into disuse and disrepair. This is an issue that Rotarians have faced in worldwide as they have tried to address the lack of sanitation.
Our Dry Composting Toilet Project has helped provide hundreds of families with better facilities.
On Monday, September 25, 2023, SMA Rotarians visited several communities in Charco Araujo to celebrate the completion of a new sanitario ecologica seco (dry composting toilet) on September 25th.
“These women are excellent workers!” declared Abel Sauste, CEDESA technician.
“In no time, they can mix cement, lay bricks—anything we need to build toilets and cisterns.”
The women said, “We didn’t hire someone, we did it ourselves.”.
SMA Rotarians joined several communities in Charco Araujo to celebrate the completion of a new sanitario ecologica seco (dry composting toilet).
They gaily decorated, stout little building just outside a family’s house is more than a toilet—it is a fortress against danger and disease that changes lives.
The women talked to us about the new toilet:
“We didn’t know how, but we learned and we did it.”
“I see my house differently now that we have a bathroom.”
“Now it’s safe at night to use this bathroom instead of going somewhere outside.”