Want to know how to build a latrine in the rural mountains of Haiti without roads or electricity? Let me help with my step-by-step guide. Follow it carefully and you will have a latrine (or 20) in no time at all.
Find a hole, a deep hole. This should be easy as the Haitians dig their own latrine holes once they hear you are coming.
Cut some wood to cover the hole. Machete is the prefered tool for this step.
Cover the whole with the wood.
Make sure you leave a hole big enough. Measure twice, cut once. Or follow the Haitians lead and measure five times then ignore your measurements.
Cut more wood.
Cover the old wood with the new wood. Make sure it’s flat. (Note: It’s not going to be flat. You’re cutting with machetes!)
Nail both layers of wood together. (Note: in Haiti you will be using ungalvanized nails that really don’t like to cooperate. There will be dozens of dead nails when you finish.)
Cover the wood with a layer of rebar. Don’t forget to tie them together so the don’t roll out of place.
Dig four holes to place four posts in. (Don´t worry, you have not cut the posts yet. That`s next.)
Saw some wood.
Nail the posts together after putting them in the holes. (Try hard to make it level and square, but don`t worry, it won`t be. The Haitians have the same attitude toward right angles as they have toward measuring. Close is good enough.)
Admire your casita after the concrete is poured and set. (Don’t worry, this step happens without you.)
Add some more wood to attach the zinc to.
Nail corrugated zinc to your wood structure. (Note: this will be very loud.)
You`re not done yet. You still need a door. Saw more wood.
Cut zinc to fit your door frame.
Attach the door and you are finished. (Don`t forget to allow your camera battery to die so that you don’t have a photo of the final product to show off.)
Congratulations! You have built a latrine in Haiti.
(Note: This is an unusual latrine design, even for us, even for Haiti. This will be used by two families so they built a structure with two doors and two holes.