Project: Improving access for rural community members to proper sanitation facilities

in Red Bank, Stann Creek District, Belize


Project Status: Finished in 2019


Project Overview

The project improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Red Bank village by:

  • Improving the access to adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in seven households and the village's community center, primary school and health center.
  • Implementing education activities.


The project reached 500 direct and 37,183 indirect beneficiaries.


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Key activities and deliverables

To improve sanitation infrastructure:  

  • Eight dry-double-vault composting toilets with hand-washing stations were be built (seven in the house of women group members and one at the community center).
  • One flush toilet at the health post and the pit latrine at the primary school were repaired by the project. 

To increase knowledge on adequate sanitation practices:

  • Toilet owners and other community members actively participated in the construction/repair of the toilet facilities and attended training sessions about their construction/repair, use and maintenance.
  • 37,183 indirect beneficiaries were reached with a post in  social media with information about the project and the type of toilets built.

To increase knowledge on WASH:

  • 500 direct beneficiaries - via training sessions and one community event - learnt about: adequate sanitation practices; local and affordable solutions to improved sanitation; the relationship between water, sanitation, hygiene and health. 


Publications

Teaching materials were created by the project and are available for use: 

(Click on each poster to download)

 


Synergies

During project implementation, HPPB collaborated with:

  • Village Council
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Education (schools in the area)


Context

  • Red Bank is among one of the communities in the Stann Creek district that has been identified to suffer from severe health, hygiene and sanitation issues. Some of the key issues identified are related to teeth brushing, lack of healthy foods leading to malnutrition and poor nutritional value; poor drainage systems leading to lack of water for consumption; lice epidemic and pollution due to foam and plastic overuse. 
  • As an MDG commitment, by 2015 Belize sought to reach 100% access to improved sanitation services in rural and urban areas. However, in 2016, the Statistical Institute of Belize reported that 12.351 households still had unimproved sanitation; of these households, 84.7% were located in rural areas. Of these, 12% are in rural Stann Creek District. A total of 6.363 people in the district suffer from unimproved sanitation and several of its negative health and social impacts. In Red Bank, although a majority of the community members have latrines in their homes, a large number of them are in very poor conditions and still a great number who don’t have at all. 
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every US$ 1.00 invested in sanitation brings US$ 5.50 in returns from lower health related costs, more productivity and fewer premature deaths.
  • Improved sanitation can also reduce water scarcity and water contamination, while improving safety and hygiene. This is particularly true for girls and women, who often must walk long distances to access restrooms or are forced to use unimproved sanitation facilities.
  • For the poorest of the poor, dry composting toilets also represent significant savings on water and fertilizer related costs and - at an environmental level - it represents more than 3.5 gallons of water saved per toilet flush and less damages caused by chemical fertilizers.
  • To date, HPPB - together with several participants of the Child Aid and Community Development Project - has built 200+ latrines that benefit more than 1.000 people in 30 of the poorest communities in the country. 


Time Frame

Start Date: March 2019

Finish Date: November 2019

Duration: 8 months



This project co-funded by



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