March 21, 2014


Dialogue with the Parliamentary State Secretary

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


Urgent news: World Toilet Day 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.



1st German Toilet Days

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.


For more information follow this link



Wohin gehen wenn nichts mehr geht? - Where would you hide?

That was the motto of the workshops for Berlin school pupils, arranged by GTO for the 14. Berlin education fair “benbi”.


This year we were also represented at “benbi” (Berliner entwicklungspolitisches Bildungsprogram) – the Berlin political development education program. The topic this year was “Bewegte Welten – Wie weit können wir gehen?” Moved Worlds – How far can we go? From 4 – 8 November children got the chance to participate in workshops and inform themselves about different areas of development cooperation. GTO volunteers discussed together with the participants the situation of people who live in crisis regions and refugee camps and have no access to clean toilets and sustainable sanitation systems.


Here you can find more inforamtions about the GTO and benbi

Here you find out more about benbi


November 4, 2013


School toilets and sleeping facilities for an all-day school in India

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.


Detailed information of the project you can find here …

Further information about our first joint project are to be found here …


October 1, 2013

GTO goes Ethiopia

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

We proudly present ...

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




A High Five for the WORLD TOILET DAY

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!



"Loovolution" Our new bags have arrived!

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 

Basic Seminar SanABC in Berlin

The past weekend has been an exciting and informative one. On Juni 22/23, we conducted the basic seminar "sustainable sanitation systems within development cooperation. All those very interesting inputs and experiences of the participants have enriched the seminar tremendously. Thank you so much for the great participation! We hope that plenty of new knowledge has been gained and are looking forward to seeing you again soon. This can already happen in the near future, namely on Juli 20/21 in Hamburg for our basic seminar HygABC: "Hygiene education within development cooperation and emergency relief".


Click here for registration form (in German)


Click here for more information (in German) 

Next seminars coming up

Working as an expert in the development or humanitarian aid sector and interested in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)? Perhaps otherwise commited to the field? Then sign up for one of our weekend seminars!


Basic Seminar: "Sustainable Sanitation" | 22.-23.06.2013 in Berlin


Basic Seminar: "Hygiene Education" | 20.-21.07.2013 in Hamburg


For more information please click here.





KE NA KO Afrika Festival 2013

KE NA KO – It’s time – is the motto of the Africa-festival on Alexanderplatz in the middle of Berlin this year, from Mai 23 till Mai 26. The German Toilet Organization will be represented by our dynamic volunteer team, who is going to promote water and sanitation at the stand. Amongst other things, the festival offers an exciting mix of various events such as cultural stages, a marketplace, movie screenings, discussion rounds, lectures and workshops. Emphasis will be put on the 50 year existence of the African Union.

Become part of the campaign – “Voices for Sanitation” – at the stand of the GTO! Your voice against the sanitary state of emergency. Instead of signing for the cause, we will take a picture in order to become part of this crucial campaign. Come around and take a look!

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