Imagine young children at school with either no toilet facilities or unsafe pit latrines housed in unstable structures, many with no doors. This dire situation existed at seventeen Childhood Development Centres in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Ubunye undertook an urgent fundraising campaign in 2021 to provide safe, eco-friendly toilets to these locations. In 2022 the first two toilet blocks were built at Chelekuma Childcare Centre and Kumkulo ECD centre in conjunction with the team from Sanitation Ambassadors.
ECO-Dry toilets require some water (minimal for urine flush and hand washing). Ten of the centres identified as priority sites for bathrooms didn’t have adequate rainwater harvest and water storage systems. Water harvesting systems have been fitted at these 10 ECD centres, providing water for the toilets when they are built.