Satyendra Lal Karna, headmaster of Janapravat Higher Secondary School, was pleasantly surprised when his school got eight latrines, constructed just in four days.
Karna, along with other teachers and students, had never imagined that the school would get eight fully furnished toilets (four for girls and four for boys), with running water in such a short span of time. More surprising for them was that the toilets have 40 years of lifespan.
The latrines were constructed as a ‘Model School Toilet’ in the government-run school by using the pre-fabricated wall panels, an inexpensive and easy-to-operate alternative to traditional waste disposal that cost just Rs. 500,000.
Guthi, an NGO working in the sector of WASH, in collaboration with the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Management (DWSSM), constructed the toilets under the technical support of an Indian company, Covestro Pvt. ltd.
Amid a function organised in the school premises on Thursday, member of the House of Representatives Jeevan Ram Shrestha inaugurated the toilets and rain water harvesting system installed in the school.
Headmaster Karna said, “The latrines came as a big surprise for me and my colleagues. They told us that they are going to build toilets for our school, but we didn’t know that they will hand over eights latrines within four days.”
“This is really impressive,” he said, adding that if that technology was expanded in the far-flung districts, it could bring solutions for sustainable sanitation.
Chairperson of the school management committee Ram Sharan Dangol said that the availability of cleaner and healthier sanitation and safe drinking water facility would help improve academic performance of students.
The toilets were made with an intention of supporting the government to construct the toilet using the latest technology and improve the access of sanitation facility in Nepal,” said Prakash Amatya Technical Advisor of Guthi. “The toilets were constructed using the latest innovation of Covestro’s technology which constitutes of Polyisocyanurate (PIR) based sandwich panel.”
According to Ajay Gurnani of Covestro pvt.ltd, these pre-fabricated wall panels provide strength and durability better than brick mortar walls. The wall panels are heat, fire and water resistance. They facilitate speedy construction, easy maintenance and handling and are affordable, he added.
This technology will cost less than conventional construction method, said Amatya, adding that they had constructed eights toilet spending just Rs. 500,000.
So far, they have successfully constructed 50 household latrines, three community and two school toilets at Nala, Dhulikhel, Kalimati, Kirtipur, Lakshminiya, Bardiwas and Pulkah, said Amatya.