Case studies

Empowering communities to become open defecation-free: CLTS in South Sudan

CLTS is a critical component of UNICEF’s work in water, sanitation and hygiene in South Sudan, where nearly 90 per cent of the population don’t have access to adequate sanitation, and 64 per cent practice open defecation. “The concept behind CLTS is to empower the community as a whole,” said Sarla Varma, UNICEF WASH Specialist in Malakal, South Sudan. “Through a participatory process, we ignite the community’s desire for change, and encourage them to find their own solutions to safe sanitation. We at UNICEF play the role of facilitator in the process,” she added.

Date: 21 May 2012
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Monitoring Committee leads campaign for making Manjakui village shit free

The Block Administration of Budni (Madhya Pradesh) aims to transform all 138 villages into ODF communities before the end of 2012. With support of UNICEF, the Block Administration built the capacity of 15 master trainers/motivators, who now lead CLTS in the Block. By the end of February 2012, 63 villages had already achieved ODF status. Manjarkui was one of the first villages to become ODF in the entire Block.

Date: 11 May 2012

More than 30 communities in Quinara region say 'no' to open defecation

In southern Guinea Bissau, in Quinara Region, 28 communities were declared ODF in March 2012. All certified communities fully met the evaluation criteria: One latrine per family with a superstructure, equipped with soap or ash, bucket with water, mug, well fitted cover of the defecation hole and an operational sanitation committee.

Date: 17 April 2012
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Students spread the message of urban CLTS in Mathare 10

Valerie Sukura, Juliet Mbayaji, Evelyn Savantia and Dennis Baraza are all 13 years old. They are currently in standard 8 at St Michael’s Children’s Education Centre in Mathare. They remember that before Urban CLTS was introduced in the area, they had to defecate openly in the school compound, inches away from their classrooms or even down by the river. They also admit that plenty times they would go to the toilet and run straight to eat without washing their hands. However, urban CLTS triggering sessions transformed their understanding of sanitation and hygiene and has turned them into eager advocates in their homes and communities.

Date: 3 April 2012
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Tabitha Atai- empowered by urban CLTS in Mathare

Tabitha Atai is a mother of four who lives in Mathare 10 and used to be a self-employed tailor. When Urban CLTS was introduced in her area she decided to join since her business was not doing well and she was spending most of her time as a housewife. She is now a full-time community health worker and a facilitator of Urban CLTS and says she has been empowered from a mere housewife to a strong community leader, thanks to Urban CLTS.

Date: 3 April 2012
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