Reporting back from the field visit

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Yesterday was another exciting of the 4 day Pan-African CLTS Review meeting days. We had an opportunity to undertake a field visit to one of Plan Ghana’s operational areas in the Central Region. It took us close to two hours to reach Amafum Community. We had a warm reception which was followed by formal greetings. The community has a total population of 1,200 people comprising of 220 households. The community members are predominantly settler farmers who spend part of the time in the community. Since the last triggering, there has been a lot of change in the community with regard to communal and household sanitation. Before triggering, most of the community members used to defecate in the open which is no longer the situation. Some of the households now have got household latrines and 2 communal latrines have since been put up. Solid waste management used to be a challenge, but it has now been contained through setting up of 2 main refuse damp sites.

Strikingly, privacy is not an issue when it comes to sanitation issues. Communal latrines have got multiple drop holes where a number of individuals can line up and defecate without feeling ashamed.

Overally, however, it was a wonderful experience.

Simulekwa Sifaya, Plan Zambia
Community Development Facilitator Mwanza PU

Date: 1 March 2012
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