The Aqua4East project in Telkok is working towards its communities becoming Open Defecation Free (ODF). This will be achieved through practical activities such as latrine construction, burying faeces and keeping compounds and stream beds clean. The project is encouraging the Darasta community to use the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach.
The group which was trained in these methods noted an improvement in latrine construction and encouraged people to build their own household latrines. In the past other organizations built latrines for some households but they were not used properly. Now people understand their importance better and most of them are used.
Sita Ahmed Adam, aged 25, said that she and her family have started digging and soon they will have their own latrine. They now understand that their faeces can contaminate their hands and their food if they do not properly dispose of their waste.
Amna Omer Hohamoud, aged 20 and her husband attended the CLTS training and recounted the importance of the family working together – wife, husband and children. They have now completed and use their latrine.
“Now we feel comfortable we have the latrine inside the house and avoid people looked at us and we go in the open, Also we know how to clean our hands after visiting the latrine with soap or ash.”
The community members told us that the appearance of faeces on the street are less now that defecating in the open has reduced. They hope soon to be open defecation free.