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:
February 25, 2014
On February 15 and 16, 2014 our first basic seminar was held with the topic “Sanitary supply in humanitarian aid and in reconstruction”. We discussed with the participants how a secure and appropriate sanitary supply can be established after natural disasters and in refugee camps. We informed about the challenges and problems concerning emergency relief and focused on discussing minimum standards, adjusted assessments, monitoring and hygiene education. The topics were demonstrated by case studies.
We like to thank our guest lecturer, Oliver Hoffmann (Johanniter Unfallhilfe) and Georg Ecker (Austrian Red Cross), for their informative reports and shared experiences from numerous assignments. Also many thanks to all participants for enriching the seminar with their input, comments and shared experiences.
We hope to hold another training regarding this topic in the near future.
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 “Washi” 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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