We build ecosan –
toilets that make compost
We are one of the biggest providers of ecosan in the developing world.
In India alone, over 30,000 people use our ecosan toilets every day.
Why do we use ecosan?
They are ecological
Ecosan toilets turn what is usually regarded as waste into a safe affordable compost and fertiliser, returning valuable nutrients to the soil and helping to increase crop yields.
They prevent the spread of disease
2 million tons of raw sewage is dumped into the world’s water system every day! Ecosan toilets capture and contain waste, protecting water sources and the local environment from pollution, reducing contamination and preventing the spread of disease.
They are built to last
We build ecosan toilets because we know they are sustainable. Other sanitation solutions have a finite life; for example once a pit latrine is full a new one has to be dug, but ecosan toilets can last for decades.
They are adaptable to different environments
Ecosan toilets do not require any sewer infrastructure, so they can be used from over-populated urban slums to the most remote underdeveloped areas. They also require minimal amounts of water (no flushing!), so are ideal in areas where water shortage is a real issue.
Find out more…
New Ecosan toilets at Chandra Middle School, India
We are delighted to announce the ecosan annex block at Chandra Middle School is now complete. At Wherever the Need we believe that sanitation should come first, because the only sustainable way ...
We are changing!
Wherever the Need is changing! More information March 22nd 2016. We work in some of the poorest parts of the world building life-saving eco-toilets, clean water and livelihoods systems. Our ...
Monkton Combe School raise money for school ecosan
Huge thank you to Carrie Morley, all the students and especially the charity committee (Jed, Sofya, Harry, Eddy and Billy) at Monkton Combe School, near Bath. We are delighted to announce ...
We value our volunteers – Mary Stansfeld
Mary Stansfeld has recently retired after a 30 year career with the British Council (The British Council is a registered charity specialising in international educational and cultural opportunities). Mary has travelled ...
We value our volunteers – Caroline Biebuyck
Caroline Biebuyck walked her way into volunteering for Wherever the Need after a chance meeting with Andy Barrs, our co-founder, some 4 1/2 years ago, while out walking her dogs in ...