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January 29, 2017

Training on hygiene

Hygiene and its immense importance in everyday life were the focus of our basic seminar "Hygiene education in development cooperation and humanitarian emergency relief", which took place on 26 and 27 January in Berlin. The participants from all over Germany learned, among others, different approaches to hygiene education and behavior change and got an insight into the most effective hygiene practices. By the way, hand washing with soap is the best and cheapest health care. Special thanks go to Ina Jurga from WASH United for her speaker contribution as well as the participants for many exciting inputs.


The ABC seminar series was sponsored by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL on behalf of the BMZ.

January 16, 2017

Sustainable Sanitation in Focus

What is the Latin word for shit? What do you have to consider when building a toilet and how can you use urine as a fertilizer? These and many more questions were the subject of our basic seminar "Sustainable Sanitation in Development Cooperation" on January 12. and 13. in Berlin. In addition to a lot of theoretical input, we became creative and made a urine diversion dehydration toilet (UDDT) and a so-called tree toilet or "Arborloo" out of pizza boxes etc.


The seminar was funded by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL on behalf of BMZ.

November 29, 2017

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the occasion of this day, celebrated annually worldwide on December 3, 11th grade students of Berlin’s Kaethe-Kollwitz-School performed a flashmob and a “reverse-demonstration” on November 29, 2017.  

 

One student began proclaiming “Toilets save lives” in sign language, with each repetition he was joined by others. Afterwards the group moved backwards in front of Brandenburg Gate to draw attention to the fact that not enough progress is being made concerning the issue of inclusive sanitation.


“Access to school toilets is particularly key to bringing and keeping girls with disabilities in school”, said Toyin Aderemi-Ige, Head of Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) in Nigeria, who participated at the demonstration.  

 

Many thanks to everyone who supported our event, especially the students and its teachers, yomma, Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e.V. and SOZIALHELDEN e.V.

 

Click here to watch a short video.

 

Press release

 

The day of action was part of the GTO’s program “Klobalisierte Welt”.

Stockholm World Water Week 2017

 

This year's World Water Week took place from 27th of August to 1st of September 2017 at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The theme of this year was “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. The GTO, as every year, was engaged in several events:

 

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June 19 - June 24, 2017

"Latrine Construction in Emergencies" Training

Last week the GTO and the THW (Federal Agency for Technical Relief) organised the workshop “Latrine Construction in Emergencies" at the premises of the THW Federal Academy in Neuhausen. This practical oriented 6-day event was really intense, exciting and a lot of fun. With the help of theoretical knowledge and extensive practical examples, the participants successfully planned and built toilets for different emergency scenarios.

Thanks to all participants and trainers who made it such a great experience. We are looking forward to the next training in two weeks.

June 14, 2017

GTO Summer party in Storkow

On a sunny day and with many toilets the GTO-Team celebrated a summer party with their families, volunteers and members. First stop was the museum of Storkow which stages a special exhibition on the history of toilets: “Drauf Geschissen!”. In the development of the exhibition the GTO supported the museum with information on “How water saves lives”. In addition the GTO presented the museum with two “Sanitation-is-Dignity” figures last Sunday. The guided tour was both educational and entertaining regardless of whether you are a child or a toilet expert. In the afternoon there was a great picnic at the lake in Storkow.


We would like to thank the museum of Storkow for breaking the “toilet taboo” with their interesting exhibition. Definitely worth visiting!

 

About the exhibition (in German)

April 6, 2017

*English subtitles are available in the video setup*

Day of Action on the occasion of the World Water Day

On March 30, 2017 the GTO and around 100 Berlin pupils carried out an action da in the hall WASsERLEBEN at the trade fair Wasser Berlin International. 

With huge world maps depicting the water scarcity, self-printed t-shirts and a wheel of fortune, the young people wanted to show how important clean drinking water and toilets are for a healthy life.

In a handwash competition by means of a WASHaLOT - a group handwashing system of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ - it was demonstrated how kids can clean their hands with 100 milliliters of water and thus prevent fatal diseases.

 

We would like to thanks all persons involved.

 

The action is part of the "Klobalisierte Welt" project, which is made possible through means of Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and by the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin. We also thank CWS-boco (cws-boco.de) for the long-term support.

 

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