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Latrines at Nadururu Complete!

What a fun title for an article!  We are very excited to post pictures of the finished latrines near the Safe Motherhood Clinic at Nadururu.

The new clinic latrines at the Safe Motherhood Clinic in Nadururu

The new clinic latrines at the Safe Motherhood Clinic in Nadururu

When the clinic was built, we knew it would eventually need a latrine, so when the Half The Sky Group of Des Moines contacted us and wanted to do a fundraiser for a project, this was perfect!   Thanks to their generous donation, plus an additional donation from Dr. Andy Bean and his wife, Lisa, our clinic now has a beautiful bathroom, meets government code, and will be able to continue to provide services to the people of Nadururu.

A deep pit is dug by hand and used as a septic tank for the latrine.

A deep pit is dug by hand and used as a septic tank for the latrine.

 

Mud bricks are made with local materials, and a cement floor makes the foundation.  Then a metal roof is added to the top.

The floor is constructed of stone and cement, and then the walls are built from mud bricks, made on site.  The windows go in as the walls go up, and finally, a metal roof is added to the top.

 

The sink and toilet bowls are then installed inside, and the finish plaster and paint are put on the building.

Last, the sink and toilet bowls are then installed inside, and the finish plaster and paint are put on the building.

 

The Safe Motherhood Clinic latrine at Nadururu

The Safe Motherhood Clinic latrine at Nadururu

Latrines!

Latrines!  How many of us get excited about them?

If you are one of the people attending the Safe Motherhood Clinics in the remote Maasai area of Nadururu in Tanzania, YOU get excited about a latrine, because there wasn’t one….and soon there will be.

The first Safe Motherhood Clinic at Nadururu

The first Safe Motherhood Clinic at Nadururu

Construction began last week, and is coming along beautifully, due to be completed soon.

The clinic latrines, under construction at Nadururu

The clinic latrines, under construction at Nadururu

The mud bricks are made by hand and fired locally, and the contribution of the local people is to bring water, which is no small job, considering that most water is miles away, and typically shared by the crocodiles or rock pythons, both capable of eating small goats!

What you are looking at here is probably one of the more expensive parts of the building.  Those simple metal roofs are stunningly expensive, as they all have to be imported, or at the very least trucked in from the city at $8 a gallon for diesel.

The next step will be to install the sinks, pipes etc.  Until a much larger water project is done out there, they will haul the water in buckets for clinic days and flush with a dipper of water.  It works quite well, as these will have “squatty potties”, which are floor basins that flush well on less than a quart of water.

When all of that is done, they will plaster and paint the building, and it will be beautiful!

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Notice that the ladders and braces used for this project are made from local wood, cut down and put together by hand, some of it right here on the spot.  We are frequently reminded that until about 100 years ago, this was a stone-age culture and they made literally everything they had from the land around them.  They have not forgotten how to take advantage of their environment for many of their needs and are quite creative. Even the doors were likely made by a local carpenter in a nearby town.

At any one time in Tanzania, over 1/2 the population has intestinal parasites, so you can imagine the workout this latrine will get on clinic day. Thanks go out to all the donors who helped to make this building possible.  It will be very appreciated!

Keep the mothers and children healthy, and you change the whole community.

Keep the mothers and children healthy, and you change the whole community.

 

Penny Dickey

Penny Dickey has a relatively long and involved history with ETI, and has become someone we know we can depend on for insight and ideas when we are working on projects that deal with women’s health.

Penny Dickey in front of the newly opened Nadururu Clinic

First as a nurse, and currently as the COO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Penny has always had the health and well-being of women as a major theme in her life.  Her years of professional experience as well as her practical nature make her a valuable part of the team here at ETI.

A veteran of several trips to Tanzania to work on the Palliative Care Project and the Safe Motherhood Project, Penny has a great understanding of the situations we face as we try to find ways to improve the lives and health of women and their families.  She also has the added benefit of being a riot to travel with, and willing to dive headfirst into any adventure you throw her way!

THANK YOU to volunteer Penny Dickey.  We wouldn’t be as good without you!