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Piloting a disabled-friendly latrine shelter

iDE Cambodia participated in a workshop led by the Australian Engineers Without Borders’ Assistive Technology and Livelihoods Project. This workshop identified the limitations of iDE’s latrine shelters for disabled users and served as inspiration for WASH staff to design more accessible latrines.

In September 2015, iDE Cambodia constructed its first disabled-friendly latrine shelter. The shelter prototype was also the perfect opportunity to test a new construction technology for low-cost shelters called Interlocking Bricks. These bricks are compressed with high precision and resemble the shape of a Lego piece.

There are many advantages to using Interlocking Bricks.

• They are less expensive than using conventional bricks, mortar and plaster.

• They require less manpower.

• They can be assembled without skilled masons, reducing labor costs.

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This innovation also allows builders to construct a latrine shelter of any shape and size. Such flexibility is particularly attractive when constructing latrine shelters to meet the differing needs of disabled latrine users. While building this prototype, iDE gathered valuable feedback and sees an opportunity to iterate on its design and share learned lessons. Read the tactic report.