Tsivangiana Composting Latrine Project – Madagascar

Fokontany (village) of Tsivangiana, within Commune Rurale Tsivangiana, District Vatomandry, Region Atsinanana, Madagascar

Community Description
Tsivangiana is a rice-farming and fishing village near the east coast of Madagascar. It is in the rainforest, and thus teeming with life of all kinds. This includes human beings! The many people are fun-loving and friendly, but unfortunately, there are too many of them in too small an area, without a good sewage system.

Consequently there is a major water sanitation problem, with a couple of stagnant streams used for everything from bathing, to washing clothes, to washing dishes, to collecting water for cooking and other household uses.

There is currently no workable latrine in the community. Because of the lack of latrines, human waste ends up in the same water, either directly, or from runoff. Most people understand the situation and are eager to fix the problem.

Project Description
This project is to build a new, high-quality, composting latrine behind the clinic which can be used by all of the patients, health workers, nurses, and the doctor.

A committee was formed which is comprised of health workers at the local medical clinic, community leaders, and an experienced technician/carpenter, Monsieur Donat. They all live and work in Tsivangiana. Although there are many latrines needed throughout the community, the committee agreed that the most urgent need was at the local clinic or hospital.

The committee has planned carefully so the project is ready to begin. Donat has a group of men who will help him with the work, and whom in the process he will teach the finer points of building a clean and durable latrine.

Water Charity funds will be used for five separate categories:

  1. the below-ground tank, to be built with bricks and sealed with cement,
  2. the ground floor of the latrine,
  3. the above-ground structure with aluminum roofing and a double wall to increase ventilation and turn the waste into compost,
  4. the transport costs for those items which cannot be found locally, and
  5. minimal skilled labor costs for the team doing the work.

The team will use the design shown in a book called “Haitao-Kabone,” which is a USAID publication on how to build a sanitary and long-lasting latrine.

Project Impact
Hundreds of people who pass through the facility each year will benefit from the improved sanitation.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Eddie Carver

This is a well-planned project that has been organized by a committed group. Improved sanitation at the clinic will result in a reduction in disease as well as an improvement in the well-being of patients and staff.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts for future projects

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Charles Carver, of Wilmington, NC, USA, with additional funds for future projects contributed by Eddie’s friends and family.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Eddie of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Eddie and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.