Sanitation seminar successfully completed


What is the Latin word for shit? What do you have to consider whenever you want to build a toilet and how is it possible to use urine as a fertilizer? These and other questions were part of the basic seminar "Sustainable Sanitation" that the German Toilet Organization (GTO) conducted last friday and saturday.

The two days were not only filled with a lot of theoretical input, but also with practical exercises: The participants were creative and built a UDDT (Urin-Diverting Dry Toilet) and a so-called tree toilet or "Arborloo" out of pizza boxes and other things. We'd like to thank the participants for their interest in our work and the entertaining days that we had. See you next time!

The seminar was funded by Engagement Global on behalf of  Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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:


Click here for further information and the comprehensive program.

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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 ( for the long-term support.


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February 06, 2017

Sanitation ABC

What are the challenges of a sustainable sanitary design within projects of development cooperation? Which are possible technical solutions and how can they be suited appropriately to the particular context? Our “Basic seminar Sustainable Sanitation” gives answers to questions like this.


From 3rd to 4th of February we were in Bonn for a two-day training course talking about relevant technologies, tools and methods with representatives of NGO’s and interested students. In the process, the participants could test the imparted knowledge on specific case-studies and share and discuss their own experiences within the group.


The seminar was supported by BMZ.

January 30, 2017

Toiletized World Junior
Vorbereitung zur Klo-Demo

The past two weeks have been really eventful within our school work. We worked with two primary schools on the topic of water and sanitation, worldwide, as well as within their school. The participating kids were very creative and enthusiastic and implemented their ideas on how to present everything they had learned to the whole school. There were self-made posters, a crafted toilet, decorated with special messages, painted toilet seats and Tippy-Taps. The Kids also organized a Toilet-Demonstration inside the school building with the slogan – “every butt needs a loo”. The whole engagement impressed us very much and motivates us, to work in schools in the future.

January 18, 2017

Hygiene ABC

On 13th and 14th of January our basic course on "Hygiene Promotion and Behavior Change" took place in Berlin.


Together with representatives of NGO's and interested students we discussed possibilities and challenges of Hygiene Promotion for WASH-projects worldwide. In the process, hygiene performance and water-based diseases as well as strategies on participatory assessments and Menstrual Hygiene Management were reviewed. Also concepts on Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion like "Community-Lead Total Sanitation" (CLTS) were introduced. By means of a self-designed puppet theatre the attendees could test the presented tools directly within the two-day course.

January 3, 2017

#6 WASH ePaper - The New Urban Agenda

The 6th WASH ePaper is now also available in German, French and Spanish

Click here to access the download versions.

On the eve of the HABITAT-III Conference in Quito from October  17-20, 2016, the sixth issue of the WASH ePaper is devoted to the central topic of the conference, the "New Urban Agenda“. The current edition reflects the discussion and the strategic options in the WASH sector, addressing the New Urban Agenda's blueprint for the management of urban water supply and sanitation. The content of this issue is mainly based on presentations from the Conference “Key Elements of a New Urban Agenda”, organised by BORDA in Bremen, Germany.

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