The Howard Higgins Thermophilic Compost Site at Saint Marie, Port Au Prince, Haiti.
The Howard Higgins Thermophilic Compost Site at Saint Marie, Port Au Prince, Haiti.
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Commenced:
01/02/2010
Submitted:
02/07/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Sainte Marie Community Convent, Port Au Prince, Haiti, Por Au Prince, IR
Climate zone:
Sub-tropical





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The Howard Higgins Thermophilic Compost Site at Saint Marie, Port Au Prince, Haiti.

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Urban, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Having sort entrance into a 'dangerous country' Richard set up his environmental programme of converting waste from a refugee camp into fertilizer in 90 days, at the epicentre of the Haiti earthquake.

Project Description

As this was a disaster zone Richard arrived with no equipment other than a mosquito net and back pack.

He had researched entry into Haiti from the neighbouring country of Dominican Republic. He teamed upwith the Chamber of Commerce and had an armed escort to the Sainte Marie (emergency school) and Community, where he was accomodated for three months.

He had attracted funding from the Giant CRS through the UN base in Port Au Prince and set up his Howard Higgins composting operation in one of the communities disused gardens. When this site opened for public inspection from various NGO's and  Joe Jenkins (Humanure) and Prof. Bob Reed of WEDC (Loughborough University) who was called in by UNICEF to do an appraisal of the sanitation disaster that was occuring in Port Au Prince at that time.

Visitors were sat down for a refreshing luncheon and Richard then gave a speech. After which he asked the visitors to turn round from where they were sitting and view the sanitation remediation site that held 5,000 fresh human wastes. No one had any idea they had been sitting infront of this!.

The party (on film) moved round the site inspecting and questioning the methodology of this unique system that none of the 1,000 visiting Haiti had ever heard about.

The effectiveness of the system was the source separation of wastes coming from the refugee camp and the 'no smell' was due source separation of urine. This was achieved by converting one of OXFAM'S standard squat plates to a urine diverter. The best and only medium available to cover the effluent in the Port Au Prince buckets was dry leaves, earth and ash. 

There was no problem with flies and there were no reported illneses, only praise for the system from the IDP's (Internally Displaced Persons) that there was 'no smell' which was familiar with the Porta Loos that had been supplied by the NGO ACF.

While Bob Reed was visiting the site he made verbal acclaim for the efficacy of the system (film available) and was present at the awarding of certificates of competence to the two site managers who had been selected from the refugees. They have subsequently be given employment after Richard left Haiti, the refugees moved away and  the site was closed.

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