HYGIENE POINT – OVA

Begüm Saral + Maria Rau + Sarah Sendzek
Professur
Architectural Design and Participation
Projektarbeit
The awareness of hygiene is important all over the world – especially since the Covid-19 pandemic changed life on the planet. The lack of knowledge about hygiene still causes many problems in the global south. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases. Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks. The Chair of Architectural Design and Participation has been contacted by Aktion Pit - Togohilfe e.V.; an association active in the health sector, school education, child aid and village development in Togo since 1980. This NGO is working closely with 10 villages and has a strong network, including doctors, medical assistants and volunteers. The task was to design a Hygiene Point for five of these villages.
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.
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