Project Type IQP Submission date 2012-05-04 Authors Elyssa Ariel Dorenfeld, edorenfeld@WPI.EDU, ME Patrick Benjamin Ford, patford@WPI.EDU, EV Livia Meloney Motz, livia_motz@WPI.EDU, ME John Paul Petitpas, jpetitpas@WPI.EDU, ED URN E-project-050412-125132 Division Technology and Environment Center NAMIBIA / Namibia Project Center Sponsor Desert Research Foundation of Namibia Title Improving Solid and Human Waste Management in Rural Namibia Communities Advisors Nikitina, Svetlana, HU Robertson, Thomas B., HU Availability unrestricted
Improper solid and human waste management endangers rural Namibian farming communities. Our goal was to conduct a pilot study in an effort to reduce the effects of waste in the Odendaal Farms of southern Namibia. Through interviews, community meetings, waste audits, and the construction of a centralized solid waste collection center, we eliminated the need for the burning of waste at the household level. In addition, we evaluated seventeen of the nineteen Otji dry sanitation toilets installed in 2011. We proposed a set of recommendations that the DRFN, and other organizations, can use to further improve waste management in rural Namibia.
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