Vic Hinterlang Photojournalist

9/22/2021 10:32:32 AM

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Monika Roy, a SOIL Program Coordinator, does some paperwork while sitting on a first generation household toilet, the concrete shell of a second generation toilet lying behind her.

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Josaphat Augustin, SOIL's Construction Coordinator, heats a thin polyurethane sheet over an aluminum lined wood box containing a hotplate. When the polyurethane has softened sufficiently, he will press it over the plaster mold to make a urine diverter.

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Josaphat presses the polyurethane onto the mold.

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Monika puts the finishing touches on the spout.

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Josaphat removes the urine diverter from the frame as Theo Huitema, SOIL's Cap Haitien Regional Director, looks on.

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Josaphat examines the urine diverter.

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SOIL employee Bos Ewad and Josaphat attach a toilet seat to the board that will form the top of the household toilet.

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Josaphat and Bos attach the top board to the formed concrete shell of the toilet. The new concrete toilets have the benefits of being the shape of a traditional flush toilet and more durable than the wood box toilets.

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Bos and Josaphat position the urine diverter at the front of the hole in the top board.

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Bos attaches the urine diverter as Josaphat holds it in place.

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The inside of the toilet seen through the side left open for bucket access.

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Josaphat displays a completed toilet.