Arbor Loo


PROBLEM: Only 28% of the population have toilets.


  • Disease: Cholera, typhoid, amoebic dystentery, bilharzia

    Nick Fischer and David Okeyo work on a new version of the Arbor Loo.

“Walking down to the fishing village, we stopped to greet some children who were playing amidst piles of human feces. Downhill a few meters women were drying  fish spread out on nets on the ground.  There were two pit latrines for the village of over 1000 people. These were broken and open, so that what ever was done inside leaked out.

“One of the beach leaders asked us to come into a home to pray over ga child who was badly ill with diarhhea. Her mother had put a magic charm on her hand to ward off the disease. ‘We are having so much of this diarhhea!’ he lamented.

  • Nutrient overload of Lake Victoria with eutrophication and loss of fish populations;

“15 years ago, we never even bought fish,” Nick said. “If we wanted fish, we would walk down to the lake and because there were so many, someone would offer us what we needed for supper. Now the fish populations are greatly diminished, and the price of fish has tripled in the last couple of years. Yet when fishermen see the green slime floating, the same algal blooms that are killing the fish, they say it is fish eggs and a great sign.”


Degradation of human life

People sneak behind their neighbor’s home, use a deserted building to relieve themselves, go behind a bush or out into the lake. Then they bathe in the same water and get their drinking water there also.

Costs of building a pit latrine is over $500, more than an average family’s annual income. 


  •  ARBOR LOO-A portable toilet.  A concrete reinforced slab is placed over a hole 2’ x 3’ and a simple mat portable structure built around it. With each use, leaves and soil are added, forming compost. When the hole is full, the arbor loo is moved over a new hole and a fruit tree is planted in the old one. Each ARBOR LOO is provided with a Tippy Tap for washing hands.


    • Good sanitation lowers diarrheal disease by up to 73%.

    • The fruit trees planted improve the environment and provide food.  

    • A family has a clean and modest way to help themselves and to demonstrate an improved way of life to their community.                 Cost: $85

  Your donation of $85 will enable S.E.E.K. to install an ARBOR LOO, with handwashing station and then plant a fruit tree as soon as the toilet is ready to be moved.

 You will be part of the solution for reversing disease, providing food, and bringing about climate change