For the students at the Weotenga Primary School [in Weotenga village] in central Burkina Faso, handwashing with soap is anything but a chore. In fact, it’s the latest craze, thanks to efforts by UNICEF to elevate the importance of personal hygiene in the region.
“I always wash my hands with soap after going to toilet,” says Ousmane Compaoré, 12, motioning towards a UNICEF-provided handwashing sink in front of the school’s lavatory.
In a different village, Natenga, there is a new mud-brick toilet facility roofed with iron sheets and supported by a pile of stones. It is equipped with a ventilation system and a waste outlet mechanism to facilitate emptying.
The village’s Hygiene and Sanitation Programme supervisor, Ouédraogo Congo, proudly shows off the facility, which was built by her husband, a mason, with the support of UNICEF and the Regional Centre for Low Cost Water Supply and Sanitation (CREPA). [...] Since 2005, UNICEF and CREPA have been helping the families in this village acquire latrines.
Read more: Jean-Jacques Nduita, UNICEF, 22 Jan 2009