Children attending school in the small, northern Moldova village of Hasnasenii Mari have been celebrating their first toilet - and the region’s first green-tech, eco-friendly toilet, at that.
The new urine diverting dry toilet (UDDT), or composting toilet, will be the first of its kind in northern Moldova – inaugurated a day before World Toilet Day on Saturday 19 November 2011.
The device, which does not require water flushing, is being introduced in the community as a sustainable sanitation option to serve some 250 pupils at the school.
More of the composting toilets are planned for schools in the region and are seen as a hygienic and environmentally sound toilet solution in areas where centralised systems are not realistic.
They are part of a wider water and sanitation programme being rolled out in Moldova by international humanitarian agency Church World Service, in cooperation with Women in Europe for the Common Future (WECF) and local partners.
* More on World Toilet Day from Ekklesia - including Present Aid links: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/6289