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By Liz Moody
Step 2: Find a hole! Hopefully the family has already dug one in anticipation of your arrival.
Step 3: Cover the hole with several layers of wood, chopped by machete from the surrounding trees. Take some measurements. Disregard said measurements in favor of the eyeball method espoused by your local helpers. Trust that everything will work out fine (it does).
Step 4: Nail the wood together. Be careful; the ungalvanized nails may be reluctant to cooperate. Cover with a layer of rebar, painstakingly tied together by hand to prevent it from rolling.
Step 5: Dig holes for posts, which will provide the skeleton of the little shelter. Place the posts.
Step 6: Pour the concrete (don’t fret, you can leave this part in the capable hands of the local mason).
Step 7: Continue adding boards to the framework of the latrine.
Step 8: Now it needs some walls. Nail on some corrugated zinc. There is no way to do this quietly. Accept that you will startle local wildlife and cause a ringing in your ears.
Step 9: A door isn’t a bad idea. Saw some more wood, nail it into a frame, and add corrugated zinc to taste.
Step 10: Admire the finished project. You’ve helped stop the spread of waterborne diseases and made a huge difference in the lives of a family and a community.
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Credit to Pathfinder Wendy Webber for firsthand details and photographs.