Ecological Sanitation, or Eco-San, is founded on the idea that urine, faeces and water are resources in an ecological loop. It is an approach that turns human waste into a resource that protects public health, prevents pollution and at the same time returns valuable nutrients and humus to the soil. This recycling of nutrients helps to ensure food and nutrition security, improve quality of life and and protect the environment.

ABOUT THE 5 DAY, 40 HOUR COURSE

For this course, NGP has teamed up with local eco-san practitioner Lieza Dupreez to provide participants with the theory behind ecological sanitation as well as engage in the building of different types of appropriate models. Participants will gain an understanding in how ecological sanitation works and why it is important as well as finish the course with the ability to chose an appropriate model based on needs and how to construct it! During this course we will retro-fit an existing flush toilet, build a “fossa alterna” model and review the designs of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology approved eco-sanitation models.

TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE

  • Theory and Principles of Ecological Sanitation
  • Benefits to the watershed and public health
  • Review of different types of models
  • How to choose and build an appropriate model
  • Maintenance
  • Safety guidelines for usage
  • Application of human manure / urine in the garden

ABOUT THE LEAD FACILITATOR

Lead Facilitator Lieza Dupreez has over 10 years of experience design, building and using composting toilets! Lieza is well versed in the use of eco-sanitation, specifically in its implication to public health and food and nutrition security. Over her many years of living and working in Malawi, Lieza has honed her facilitation skills to be specific to the Malawi context. Lieza splits her time between Livingstonia and Mzuzu and spends most of her free time watching her son Manu grow up!

ASSISTANT FACILITATORS

Nature’s Gift Permaculture will draw upon its well trained and experienced staff to assist Lieza in the facilitation of this course. NGP trainers come from all over the world, including Malawi, and have over 20 years of combined experience practicing and teaching permaculture.

COURSE LANGUAGE

The course will be conducted in English with Chichewa and Chitumbuka translation available for clarification of points. Participants should have a strong command of English.

COURSE DATES & TIMES

  • MAY 16th – 20th (with arrival on May 15th for those needing on-farm accommodation

CERTIFICATION

Upon successful completion and with full attendance, participants will receive a certificate of attendance which highlights the areas of competencies. Nature’s Gift Permaculture has a reputation for excellence and will not hand out certificate to participants who do not meet the requirements.

COURSE COSTS

All prices are quoted in US$ and payable in MK

  • $325 The course fee includes lunch and two snacks per course day as well as a training manual and all materials necessary for practicals.

PLEASE NOTE: We aim to provide permaculture education to anyone who wants it and do not wish cost to be a prohibiting factor. Should you wish to sponsor a participant or should you need sponsorship please contact us directly.