2,000 families have already benefited from the construction of new toilets – Angola

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Four villages in the Cunhinga region have been included in People in Need’s community-led total sanitation project, which focuses on building toilets in rural villages. This project is community-led and aims to improve villagers’ sanitation, reduce infectious diseases and prevent groundwater contamination.

The Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project is implemented by People in Need (PIN) staff working on WASH-Nutri (water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition) issues. The project is supported by UNICEF and Bank of Fomento Angola (BFA). PIN has been developing this project in collaboration with UNICEF since 2011 and is currently focusing on the province of Bié. The project aims to develop tools and methodologies that enable communities to participate in reducing pollution and environmental contamination.

In the province of Bié, the WASH-Nutri project has already been implemented in the villages of Chinguar, Cuito, Catabola, Camacupa and Nharêa, where positive results have motivated other villages to request assistance for the implementation implemented. Thanks to these successes, PIN extended its activities to other provinces, such as Cunhinga, for a period of ten months. During this time, the team, in collaboration with local residents, built toilets and cleaned up environmental contamination around these villages.

“I am delighted that this project is also in our village. Before, there were a lot of illnesses because people used to defecate near their homes and by the river. We use water from this river to cook and drink. Also, there were flies everywhere, which also carry diseases. They were crawling on our food,” said Pessoa Saele, a resident of Chivela, adding: “Many people were sick, but since that the toilets have been built, the number of sick people has decreased, and we want the project to continue so that we can learn more useful things.”

The goal is to help around 2,000 families eliminate soil contamination and create a clean and safe environment. PIN also provides information on good hygiene, health and good nutrition.

“We are interested in making this project work and drastically reducing the illnesses of local people, especially acute diarrheal diseases. We want the project to continue. It is a great help and support for us,” said Jorgina Lumati, a community relay.

People in Need and UNICEF aim to expand the knowledge of people in municipal, communal and provincial unopen defecation committees to support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation process of the STLC (Community-Led Total Sanitation) in all municipalities to ensure the sustainability of the program.

Authors: Edson Malongo, Veronika Gabrielova, PIN Angola

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