December 18, 2014
After 6 years we are moving from Berlin-Friedenau to Berlin-Neukölln into a bigger and more comfortable office in Juliusstraße 41. Due to holiday season and moving work we will be closed from 22nd December until the 12th January. We thank you for your understanding.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
November 25, 2014
On November 24, 2014, the "Charter for the Future - ONE WORLD - Our Responsibility" took place in Berlin. A main focus of the initiative of German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller was an intensive debate with the public about universally binding development goals. In the context of the Future Forum Dr. Müller delivered the "Charter for the Future" to German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Furthermore, a "Future Workshop" was initiated with around 100 actors from all over Germany. Workshops, talks and future slams provided opportunities to talk together about ideas for a better world. The GTO participated with the international exhibition "Sanitation is Dignity" to break the toilet taboo and to advocate sanitation.
November 19, 2014
One! Two! Pee! - Today on World Toilet Day we started the Urgent Run and passed the baton (a toilet brush) to pupils of the Theodor Fontane Oberschule in Berlin. The kids "ran" 2420 Euro! CWS-boco is supporting the Urgent Run and rounded up the sum raised to 3000 Euro! We would like to thank CWS-boco for their great support! We are also very grateful to all pupils who have taken part at the Urgent Run!
November 19, 2014
The Urgent Run is World Toilet Organization's global advocacy campaign for UN World Toilet Day 2014. It is a global mobilization event that involves citizens around the world joining or organising a run to draw attention to the urgent calls for action to end the sanitation crisis. In 22 cities worlwide people are running to urge global decision-makers to stay true to their universal commitments on improving access to sanitation for one third of the world's population. The Urgent Run starts November 9, 2014 in Singapore and ends November 19, 2014 in New York on World Toilet Day.
In Germany the Urgent Run, supported by CWS-boco, started during the "WASH Zukunftsforum" in Bonn. On Wednesday, November 19th, GTO will pass the baton (a toilet brush) to school children of the Theodor Fontane Oberschule in Berlin.
November 18, 2014
That was the motto of the workshops for pupils arranged by the GTO on the 15 series of the Berlin political development education program Benbi.
This year again, the GTO was represented at Benbi from 10 till 14 November. Following the motto "Fair worlds - How do we share in a fair way?" pupils learned how important sanitation and the right hygiene practice are.
Together we explored how people manage their everyday life without toilets and discussed the resulting problems. Also the kids got the opportunity to discover how you can improve the access to sanitation systems and explored the question how toilets can save lives. They build a TippyTap and found out how Peepoobags work. In a theater workshop pupils could discover how access to clean toilets and sustainable sanitation systems can be created.
We hope our participants had as much fun as we had!
November 06, 2014
Two training courses coming up:
Our next training course HygineABC will take place in Berlin, December 06 and 07.
Moreover, the seminar SanABC will be held on December September 13 and 14, 2014 in Berlin.
Please note: the seminars will be conducted in German.
October 10, 2014
On September 26 and 27, 2014 we conducted our seminar with the title "Hygiene Promotion and Behaviour Change" in Aachen. We informed about risks and main factors affecting the hygiene behavior and about the challenges and problems concerning water-based diseases and their transmission. Lively discussions, project experiences and an active exchange of experience were an asset for all of us. We like to thank Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. (Aachen regional group) for their organizational support.
In the near future further seminars are planned. Find here more information about the seminars.
September 01, 2014
From 31 August to 5 September the annual World Water Week takes place in Stockholm. This year the thematic scope is "energy and water". The event is organized each year by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and brings together experts and practitioners from around the world in order to become networked and develop solutions for the most important tasks around the theme of water (and sanitation). As in previous years the GTO will be present and is involved in a variety of events. Amongst others the GTO will organize together with the WASH Network and the Federal Foreign Office the seminar "Streamlining Strategies for Humanitarian Aid in the WASH Sector".
August 25, 2014
With the beginning of the new school term in Berlin our project "Toiletised World" will be continued. The topic for this term's project is "water and sanitation as a human right".
To find out more about the project click here.
July 17, 2014
Coming soon: in November the Berlin Development-policy Education Programme (benbi) takes place again. This year's topic is called "Fair worlds - How do we share in a fair way?"
June 11, 2014
We are delighted to announce the launch of new German WASH Network publication on "Linking Relief and Development in the WASH Sector". The publication should be seen as a current snapshot of the sector and intends to foster the further understanding of each other's field of work. It provides impulses for fuelling the on-going international debate on how to better link relief and development by giving a more in-depth overview of existing definitions, categorisations and models that are currently being used and by identifying existing challenges and opportunities that come along with it. A wide range of sector professionals have been asked to provide feedback reflecting either their individual and/or organisational views and experiences regarding current challenges, opportunities as well as recommendations for the way forward. The publication can be downloaded under the following link:
Two training courses coming up:
Our next training course SanABC will take place in Bonn, July 18 and 19
We look forward to receiving your application.
Moreover, the seminar HygieneABC will be held on September 26 and 27, 2014 in Aachen.
Please note: the seminars will be conducted in German.
May 21, 2014
On May 21, the United Nation's Day of Cultural Diversity, we were out on the streets of Berlin and demonstrated with students of four different schools for the acceptance of different cultures which also includes toilets.
We all have to use toilets and there are many different types around the world. But still 40% of the world population has no access to clean and save toilets at all - that is what we want to change.
After a press conference, where the students talked about culture diversity and the world wide sanitation situation, we walked with almost 100 participants from Leipziger Platz to Brandburger Tor and Bundestag and finished our event at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World). We would like to thank all students and attendees who demonstrated with us for the human right of toilets.
Erste Gemeinschaftsschule Neukölln
March 21, 2014
On the occasion of World Water Day 2014, members of the WASH Network met with the Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Together we talked about future strategies and projects.
More information can be found on the WASH Network website:
November 18, 2013
GTO is collecting donations for the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
This year's World Toilet Day is a very special one - as for the first time it is recognized as official World Day of the United Nations. Unfortunately this special appreciation of our dearest invention is overshadowed by the tragic events taking place in the Philippines.
From successful development projects to emergency relief after the tropic storm "Wash" we as an organization are closely connected to the Philippines. At this hard time we also feel obliged to support our local partners.
For this reason we appeal for donations for save sanitation for the typhoons' victims. More information on our donation project you can find on our donation page.
November 15, 2013
Together with a broad alliance of German NGOs the GTO is celebrating World Toilet Day 2013. This year the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day as an official World Day of the United Nations. Reason enough to celebrate together with our partners from the German WASH-Network.
With a variety of different activities we want to reach as many people and decisions makers as possible. The 1st German Toilet Days start on November 15 with a two days expert symposium in Bremen. On Friday, November 15 there will be a big "Celebrate the Toilet" party in Berlin and on Saturday, November 16, starts an exhibition on "toilet art" in Heidelberg including an auction for a good cause.
October 30, 2013
Our cooperation with the Guts for Change crew is taking on the next round: After the successful bike tour from Berlin to India and the following dry-toilet construction in Darewadi 2012/2013, a second project will be implemented in the village of Kuregaon, 49 miles away from Pune, where a day school is in desperate need of toilets and sleeping facilities for its pupils. The project will be a new cooperation between the German Toilet Organization and the Crew of Guts for Change together with the Ecosan Services Foundation as well as the local Indian partner Sevadham Trust.
October 1, 2013
Training of Trainers workshop preparing local partners in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia for CLUES
The GTO is glad to record on an exciting workshop about Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) in Ethiopia. CLUES is a planning approach, developed by EAWAG, which is generated especially for the urban and peri-urban context. The objective is to conduct the planning and implementation of participatory solutions of sanitation systems in order to ensure high acceptance and ownership for these sanitation solutions as well as its service.
The workshop was conducted in Bahir Dar in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe and its local partner organization ORDA.
We want to thank all the participants who have contributed to the workshops' success with their great engagement. We are looking forward to the second part of the training in December and the projects proccess.
August 16, 2013
Finally we're there. Christoph Nick, member of the GTO, put a lot of effort into a movie, featuring our first project at the Pestalozzi school in Lusaka, Zambia, which, being our first one, especially means a lot to us. In cooperation with Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) and the Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia (WASAZA) we constructed a wastewater treatment-system which not only produces biogas for cooking in the school kitchen, but also delivers filtered effluent water for watering the crop plants in the school gardens. Sit back and enjoy!
Find more information and updates of the project here
Finally it's done. The work of many NGOs to achieve the human right to water and sanitation has brought about another moment of success. In its resolution "Sanitation For All", the UN announced November 19 as World Toilet Day, in order to support a broader approach to water and sanitation efforts reached through better co-operation between member states, UN-organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders.
The World Toilet Day puts the importance of having access to sanitation onto the public agenda. Therefore, another important step on the way to removing the sanitation-taboo and to strengthen the topic has been done. Last but not least, the World Toilet Day will hopefully serve its deal to help those without access to adequate sanitation and to giving lots of girls the opportunity to go to school while menstruating. Sanitation is dignity. We're looking forward to the World Toilet Day!
Finally! The GTO Merchandise selection has been enriched. From now on, you can purchase our new super-cool shoulder bags in blue or black. The trend-conscious loo-supporter carries the motto "Loovolution is when everyone has one" (in German) around the world, casually hanging on her/his shoulder.
For purchasing details please click here
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