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Tibetan Development Assistance Trust sponsorship meant 48 community toilets were constructed in Zhimaza Tibetan Village, Jinyuan Tibetan Autonomous Township, Hualong Hui Autonomous County, Qinghai Province, China. Zhimaiza Tibetan Village has a population of 370. The Tibetan Development Assistance Trust donated 83,683.20 RMB to improve the health and quality of life of villagers, who contributed labor equal to 3,000 RMB. The Shar Dzong Development Group contributed 1,000 RMB that covered transportation and telephone call costs. Total project value was 87,683.02 RMB.

Community involvement and participation played a key role in ensuring quality and sustainable use of the latrines in Zhimaiza Village. The community was involved from the initial planning and implementation stages. Local villagers are responsible for toilet maintenance. Thanks to all stakeholders’ participation and involvement, the project was successfully implemented. This sense of control over the entire process brings out a sense of ownership, which is critical for the sustainability of the newly built toilets.

Village sanitation has improved since project implementation, which as created clean and convenient sanitation conditions and facilities for the villagers. People are now able to use a toilet near their home, rather than relieving themselves in nearby sheepfolds and cowsheds, which created conditions for diseases to spread between humans and livestock. Before the project, locals urinated and defecated just outside their houses. The village was very smelly in summer during hot days.

In January 2011, Lerjaiter and Hangdan visited the village with local managers, Pencu and Sunam, and made a final evaluation for the final report. The evaluation determined that toilet quality was good and that project goals had been achieved. Households normally spend 400 – 500 RMB annually on chemical fertilizers. Villagers feel that using humanure will reduce this expense, as well as benefit the environment.