Clean, Green, Compost Latrines: The Latrine Project

  • Health
  • Belize
This project is led by Grace Sassana, a Volunteer from Minnesota

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Clean drinking water and proper sanitation are essential for health and development. In southern Belize, open defecation and ineffective pit latrines have led to fecal contamination of the Temash River and the village water system, two major water sources. Consumption of contaminated food and water, coupled with poor nutrition and hygiene practices, contributes to high rates of diarrheal diseases in the community. This project seeks to address these issues by providing assistance for the construction of eight latrines to serve twelve households in high impact areas: flood-prone households near the river and those with pit latrines near the well for the village water system. Due to their proximity to the major community water sources, providing these twelve families with latrines will reduce the transmission of disease via contaminated water for the entire community. Recipients will also receive training on how to properly construct, use, and maintain the compost latrines, and because of the inextricable link between sanitation and hygiene, education, and health, this project will be supplemented with ongoing school- and community-wide trainings on prevention and care of diarrhea. Through participation in the project, recipients will adopt these skills into long-term behavior changes that will reduce the incidence of diarrhea in the overall community.

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