HYGIENE POINT – OVA
Begüm Saral + Maria Rau + Sarah SendzekProfessur
Architectural Design and Participation
Our project “OVA” meaning “fonio” reflects on hygiene in every set of life, i.e. eating, cleaning, washing. As an answer to these points “OVA” offers the community of Illico, Togo, a community kitchen, latrines and freshwater access at all times. On top of that through a school meal program, strengthens the bonds in the community and provides for children in education. The structure is located at the south of the village next to the school building and connected to the main road as well as the fields. The northern winds carry away the smoke and smell. The cooking area and latrines are connected through a water point in the middle collecting rainwater from both roofs through the simple system of waterfalls and water paths. On a regular day in “OVA”, designated cooks from the village would come early in the morning to cook school meals for the 200 students. They would use all the appliances, gardens, and water in the structure to cook healthy meals for the children. Around noon, the students would arrive, wash their hands, and pick up their food from the distribution area. Once their meal is done, they would come back, leave their dishes, use the latrines, and wash their hands before they go back to school. For the rest of the day, “OVA” would function as a community kitchen and offer the villagers safe appliances and freshwater.