Tarka – From trash to manure - CARE


Tarka – From trash to manure

To progress the states of water and hygiene in Niger; a country in need. Better access to clean drinking water and sanitary relations provide drops in cases of diarrhea, which is one of the main sources of child mortality. Only 13 percent of Niger’s population have access to sanitary relations, and only 7 percent in areas, where CARE operates. The project provides 40.000 people with clean drinking water and improves the sanitary relations of more than 10.000 people.

Improved approach of good hygiene is based on the technology of ECOSAN, which makes it possible to collected separately urine to fertilise the fields with.

The river valley of Tarka is one of the most important areas of onion production, which is sold both locally and internationally. The fields are fertilised with too much manure to increase the production. The manure seeps through the soil, and contaminates the ground water, which the citizens then drink.

Through the technology of ECOSAN, a reorganisation of manure will improve the quality of the drinking water. The project takes samples on a regular basis to meassure the changes in the quality of the water.

Target Group:
40.000 citizens in the river valley of Tarka, of which 60 percent is women.

Improved access to water through ten established wells and 11 watering systems:
To secure local ownership, the councils and the local partner DEMI-E participant in establishing wells and watering systems. The infrastructure is also an important part of the governmental work, which means it is the government’s responsibility to keep a long-termed maintenance of the establishment.

Engineers contribute with technological support to secure the quality of the infrastructure.

Improved sanitary relations through 1000 latrines, established by ECOSAN:
CREPA has great experience in using ECOSAN technology in Sahel, in which they run most of the activity. Practice in utilising latrines and how to use urine as manure is necessary. Futhermore, it is important to use campaigns to inform the population that the manure from ECOSAN is organic and not harmful. This will promote the farmers’ products.

CARE aims to educate locals in using ECOSAN’s latrines, both in proper handling of manure and general hygiene. It will be their job to spread the knowledge.

Chemical analysis of the ground water:
The project uses chemical analysis of the ground water to document the outcome of ESCOSAN’s technology.

The project operates in 11 villages of Tarka in the southern part of Niger.

Duration and Budget:
2 052,530 EURO. The project was established in august 2011 and runs for four years.

Partners/ Organisations:
CREPA: Centre Régional pour l’eau portable et l’assainissement à faible coût
DEMI-E: Développement pour un Mieux Être
IGIP: Ingenieur Gesellshaft für Internationale Planunngsaufgaben en Afrique


Line Gamrath Rasmussen

Line Gamrath Rasmussen
Programme Coordinator, Niger
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