In September 2014 Alice and Zachary embarked on an ‘incredible journey’, travelling through Europe, North and West Africa by bicycle.
What started out as a personal journey has now gained a charitable aspect – we are supporting Dream Big Ghana, a UK registered charity working with village communities in Ghana’s Volta region. Dream Big Ghana is concerned with developing practical and sustainable sanitation, health care, education and recreation projects to meet the real needs of the local population.
We aim to raise £600, which will cover the cost of constructing one compost toilet (including labour costs of employing two local masons). Each compost toilet benefits around 20 people, while providing fertiliser for 0.75 acres of farmland every 8 months or so. See below for more details on the compost toilet project!
To donate, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wheelylongway
For further information regarding Dream Big Ghana please visit http://www.dreambigghana.org.uk/
Dream Big Ghana’s compost toilets
The purpose of this programme is to construct eco compost toilets for the Dzita and
Agbledomi village communities. The toilets are built using simple, cheap technologies that
can be maintained by the villagers. In addition to improving poor levels of health in the
villages concerned, the introduction and use of eco sanitation compost toilets generates a
high quality fertiliser that has the potential to enhance crop yields.
Dream Big Ghana has prioritised this programme area because the villagers have access to
very few toilets. As a result, most people are forced to openly use the beach or the bush -‐
which is not a pleasant experience, especially for women and young girls.
To date, we have built 33 separate toilet blocks, incorporating hand-‐washing facilities, each
of which benefits around 20 villagers. The blocks are made up of two chambers, one which
is in use and the other lying fallow, producing enough compost to cover 0.75 acres of farm
land every 8 months or so.
Why compost toilets? There are so many positives to compost
- They ensure water sources are not polluted by open defecation;
- They reduce marine pollution;
- The reduces odour problems;
- They have potential to eradicate generation-old open defecation practices;
- They lead to better health which means less money being spent on health care;
- They produces a high quality compost that can increase crop yields and reduce use
of chemical fertilisers and water usage;
- Provides much needed privacy for women and young girls;
- There are no long-term costs of maintaining or emptying these facilities.