Lavie, home to over 12,000 inhabitants, is situated in a mountainous region in the Togolese interior. The area lacks sanitation infrastructure and open defecation is regularly practiced by inhabitants of the district, leading to contamination of water supplies, contamination of food, and high prevalence of bacterial and parasitic diseases. The presence of human waste in open areas creates significant health hazards to children in particular. Menstruating girls and women are often forced to leave school and work due to the lack of adequate sanitation facilities to manage their cycle, worsening gender inequality. This project proposes the construction of six latrines (three for males, three for females) that will sequester human waste from the public, improving overall health and quality of life.
Progress Update: 4/10/2017
All supplies have been purchased and materials readied. Construction has begun on the pits and linings before the latrines are built around them.
"I am lucky to have community members and leaders surrounding me who understand the importance of not only building a latrine, but also educating members on the advantages of utilizing a latrine. As an Environment Volunteer, I've had to really wrap my head around where the connection is between health, sanitation and community planning. For me, it's mostly in mobilizing the community and getting them to understand, awareness of their hygiene and sanitation activities." - Colette, Peace Corps Volunteer
"The students and merchants at our weekly market are badly in need of a latrine system. This project will reduce the regular contamination of food and it is my hope decrease the percentage of bacterial and intestinal infections I see on a daily basis at our health clinic. Thank you World Connect!" - George, Project Leader
"I am very proud of the organizations at work, and I know I will be using the latrines from now on. As of today, the project's progress is evolving at a steady pace and I look forward to the final completion." - Atsu, Project Participant