October 2017 – Mrs. Myrtella Lawson, aka Ms. Myrty, is happy because after 85 years of living in the same place, she now has a bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink. Prior to this new construction, she used a pit toilet outhouse, which was also utilized by many in the community.
Part of the issue with pit toilets is that the waste directly flows into the ground, which causes harmful bacteria to filter into the groundwater. There is a major effort to clean the contaminated water in the community, and so we opted to fund a new septic tank for this bathroom – the FIRST in the Mt. Airy community!
Thanks to multiple funding partners of this project, when the Jah Works team arrived, the concrete block walls had already been built and the foundation filled with marl (stone/gravel). Jah Works purchased enough materials to complete the roof and septic system, along with adding a window, door, toilet, sink and shower, in order for the bathroom to become usable.
Along with our team, many in the community volunteered their time and effort to complete the bathroom, which included digging the 7’x5′ hole down through dirt and limestone, in order to bury the septic tank.
This project was funded in partnership between Jah Works, Inc., Reliable Adventures Jamaica, and the Bluefields People’s Community Association. Although usable as-is, funding continues to be sourced to complete a rainwater catchment system to bring water into the home (including kitchen and bathroom) and to provide for the final touches for Ms. Myrty’s bathroom.
(UPDATE: We have since funded and installed a rainwater catchment system – project post coming soon!)
Jah Works Project Funding Total: $1,500 USD
- (2) days labor for skilled mason/carpenter to lead construction efforts
- roof joists, zinc roofing, roofing nails
- shower head and handle
- toilet, wax ring
- sink basin and stand
- window and door
- septic tank
- PVC piping for toilet, sink, shower and septic
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Location: Mt. Airy Community, Bluefields, Westmoreland, Jamaica