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30 January 2012

As part of CLTS, communities are recognized for their efforts and commitment to attaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. They are commemorated with a large ODF celebration, rewarding communities for playing a dedicated role in improving their sanitation and hygiene practices, and truly taking ownership over their health.

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24 January 2012

Enthusiastic teenagers digging a pit

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12 January 2012

The equity day at the WSSCC Global Forum in Mumbai (October 2011) made a deep impact on me. I am ashamed to admit this. I should not have needed this. I have been banging on about ‘putting the last first’ for years, but the fuller implications of this with sanitation only came home to me on this day. Thank you those who came and shared their experiences with us –rehabilitated manual cleaners, slum dwellers, disabled, minorities… and Louisa Gosling, Archana Patkar and Nomathemba Neseni and who pulled scales from my eyes.

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19 December 2011

Dear Colleagues in CLTS and sanitation

Please help fill what I think is an important gap which becomes more important by the day.

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29 November 2011

A few weeks ago..

I sat beside Phalombe’s District Water Supervisor in his office today, my computer fully charged in anticipation to facilitate another computer lesson on Microsoft Excel. He had committed to working on computer lessons twice a week with me in hopes of improving his technical skills on inputting, analyzing, interpreting and making decisions with the district’s water point data.

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21 November 2011

Our Clear Voices Channel 4

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18 November 2011

The last one month we have been really busy gearing up for the World Toilet Day. This is the fifth year running that Plan International Kenya will be celebrating World Toilet Day. As usual we celebrate this day on the ground where villages have attained Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. The first (2007), second (2008) and third (2009) year we celebrated in Kilifi, the 4th (2010) in Homa Bay County. This year the celebrations will be in Siaya County.

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17 October 2011

Mathare community joined the rest of the world in celebrating Global Handwashing Day in Mathare on 15th October 2011. The day was marked at Kiboro Primary school where about 400 community members from Mathare Valley gathered to wash their hands together. The event was strategically organized at a school to attract the participation of children and the theme was Wash your hands and save your life.

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17 October 2011

This was the first ever Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene. There have been the regional meetings – Sacosans, Africasans and so on, but never one for the whole developing world. WSSCC (and most notably Archana Patkar, who got a standing ovation at the end) did a great job in imaginative and thorough planning. The facilitation by Archana, Barbara Evans and others was outstanding. WSSCC had brought together some 450 of us. There was fuller representation of Africa than usual, and fewer Indians than one might have expected.

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17 October 2011

I know it is close to two months since I blogged last. To be precise it was just after the AfricaSan3 either early or Mid August. Since my last post quite a number of things have happened including sharing with my peers from the Region of Eastern and Southern Africa about the CLTS work Plan International has been doing in Kenya and the region.

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