Andy Narracott: Basic Sanitation Is a Right, Not a Privilege

Andy Narracott: Basic Sanitation Is a Right, Not a Privilege

The Program Coordinator for Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor introduces the UniLoo.

I’d see mothers, fathers, kids, neighbors and colleagues walking out to a bit of wasteland every day to do their business…I saw the daily struggles that these people had to overcome.

After the birth of his third child, Andy Narracott was hit with a revelatory, metaphysical thought: his infant son, Benjamin, was a blank sheet. “That made me realize what a responsibility we have to the future generations just by our acts and how we behave,” says Narracott, Program Coordinator for the USAID African Cities at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor. In July the organization commenced a six-month test trial for the UniLoo. “It is a service, rather than a product, and which is easily emptied by a local entrepreneur,” says Narracott. For a montly fee, low-income households receive a self-contained plastic toilet, which is serviced by a local entrepreneur. “We’re gonna try it, play around, see what we come out with.”


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