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Entrepreneur donates toilets to school

YOUNG Namibian entrepreneur Kaveto Tjatjara, who was recently awarded the prestigious 2022 Echoing Green Fellowship for his innovative solution for the lack of sanitation facilities in underserved communities, has donated six waterless toilets to Siguruguru Primary School near Rundu.

The donated toilets are worth N$150 000.

Tjatjara is the founder and chief executive officer of Flushh, a social enterprise tackling the sanitation crisis in Namibia by turning human waste into valuable biochar that can be used as fertiliser.

“It is incredible how far we have come,” says Tjatjara.

According to a United Nations report, 60% of the Namibian population still don’t have access to toilet facilities.

Not having safe and clean sanitation is a major obstacle when it comes to education. There have been stories of children drowning in pit latrines or being bitten by snakes when they go to the bushes to answer nature’s call.

“This is an even bigger problem for women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by a lack of adequate sanitation facilities. Young girls are more likely to drop out of schools, and not complete their secondary education without access to a toilet at school,” Tjatjara said.

Tjatjara initially donated one toilet to the school during Covid but wanted to increase the impact of his work at the school.

He sought different funding opportunities, and this year Flushh received the support of two international sponsors who value the focus on sustainability and the solution-oriented approach to the challenge of water scarcity in Namibia.

First, the Swiss NGO Toilets for All agreed to support further donations at the school, then a few months later Tjatjara was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship 2022, which provides further seed funding and support to the company. With this support he was able to donate the six toilets to the school.

“This reduces the risk of snake bites, but also ensures that children spend more of their productive time in class learning instead of searching for a place to defecate,” he said.

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