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Central America: SWASH+ program expands to 150 more schools

Photo; Water For People

With new funds from the Inter-American Development Bank and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the SWASH+ program will provide safe drinking water, restroom facilities, and improved hygiene education to over 15,000 more students at 150 schools in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

SWASH+ (School Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education Plus Community Impact) Central America is a regional of the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) that is be implemented by the US NGOs Water For People, CARE and Catholic Relief Services. So far the program has provided school sanitation facilities to 17,331 students in 152 schools.

In Guatemala, SWASH+ is targeting 65 additional schools and communities in Guatemala. In each school, the program trains the Parent-Teacher Association and school director to build a water supply system. Training on water treatment is also provided. The community helps to build or renovate school restrooms.

Co-financing from local governments and communities is a key part of SWASH+.

Parents and students also participate in hygiene training that emphasizes the importance of handwashing to prevent disease.

UNICEF, ITT and the Global Water Challenge have also been key supporters of the SWASH+ program.

Related web site: SWASH+

Source: Water for People, 23 Aug 2010

Assessment of CRS Experience with Arborloos

Rapid Assessment of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Experience with Arborloos in East Africa, 2010.

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Prepared by: Paul Hebert

This rapid assessment reviewed sanitation activities by Catholic Relief Services in East Africa, in particular the promotion of the Arborloo – an innovative latrine designed to help achieve sustainable and scalable sanitation improvements in rural Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. The assessment explored the factors affecting Arborloo acceptance and sustainability, the scope and approaches for scaling up the latrine in these countries and in Tanzania, as well as opportunities to foster links between community and school sanitation.

Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Study Objectives and Methods
2.1 Objectives
2.2 Methods
3. Background to the Arborloo and Promotional Methods
3.1 Ecological Sanitation Options
3.2 Sanitation Promotion and Hygiene Education
4. Extent of Arborloo Installations in East Africa
5. Factors Influencing Acceptance and Sustainability of Arborloos
5.1 Household acceptance
5.2 Program level factors
1) Understanding of the Arborloo
2) Access to slabs, preferably painted
3) Model Families and critical mass for a normative shift
4) Exchange visits
5) Access to seedlings
6) Government policy
5.3 What communities and households say they want
6. Gender Issues, Religion and Pastoralism
7. Linkage between Community and School Sanitation
8. Costs of Arborloos
9. Factors Affecting the Scale-up of Sanitation and Arborloos
and the Readiness of CRS to Lead the Way
10. Areas Where Sanitation and Arborloos Could be Scaled Up
10.1 Ethiopia
10.2 South Sudan
10.3 Kenya
10.4 Uganda
10.5 Tanzania
11. Overall Conclusions

Bangladesh: Caritas Helps Flood-prone Villagers With Sanitary Facilities, Hygiene Awareness

Samiran Bibi is on the frontline of a Caritas Bangladesh-inspired effort to keep illness at bay in [Tarash], a flood-prone area in northwestern Bangladesh. Each morning the mother of two goes with other members of her Magura Mukundu Dal (village group) to inspect the new toilets in her village in Tarash sub-district, about 150 kilometers northwest of Dhaka.

“Every day we check our village toilets, and see whether the people that use them use soap or ash to clean their hands afterward,” she told UCA News on Dec. 22. They also make sure clean water is on hand.

After two major floods hit the area between July and September in 2007, Caritas Bangladesh launched a special US$2.5-million emergency response program, funded by the U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Caritas […] built 940 new houses, repaired 432 others and installed 2,656 home-based and community latrines. It also drilled 331 new tube wells and examined 2,700 old tube wells for the presence of arsenic or other contaminants in the water, repairing more than 540 of these wells in the process. [T]he houses, toilets and tube wells were constructed on land raised half-a-meter higher than the floodwater level of 2007.

In addition to building these structures, Caritas also [trained] local people like Bibi to [become hygiene promoters]. […] She said her [village] group learned from Caritas about how their former toilet practices [open defecation, overhung latrines] spread germs and disease, [as well as about food hygiene and water treatment].

Caritas officially ended its involvement in the project on 14 Dec 2008.

SourceUCAN, 30 Dec 2008