Halifax luxury loos headed to Africa
November 22, 2017
An innovative mobile toilet developed by a Halifax plumber is aimed at the poor in Africa—but the stylish, odourless loos could also be welcomed on Canadian construction sites.
South African-born Benjamin John, who moved to Nova Scotia in 2005, developed the toilets and founded the aid group Help 2 Overcome (H2O).
His goal is to ship the toilets to Africa and other countries that have a dire need for plumbing and sanitation. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2.4 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation—meaning toilets that flush.
John’s first project with Help 2 Overcome built washrooms for 230 students in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He is aiming to donate more of his toilets to schools in Sierra Leone, where he says the lack of plumbing often keeps students, especially girls, from attending school. He also plans to build ten composting toilets with a unique Swedish design where waste emerges in the form of a hand-pumped liquid fertilizer that can be used to boost local vegetable crops.
John said one of his Ecoloo toilets has been set up in a Nova Scotia park, but he has not really looked at commercial applications.
“These toilets are not installed anywhere else in Canada. I have had some enquiries locally on the toilet,” he told Home BUILDER.
To donate to H2O, visitwww.help2overcome.org