Project: Improved Community Sanitation, Hygiene and Residue Disposal

in Santa Rosa and San Roman, Belize


Overview

As an MDG (Millennium Development Goal) commitment, by 2015 Belize sought to reach 100% access to improved sanitation services in rural and urban areas. However, in 2016, 12.351 households still have unimproved sanitation and many people suffer from unimproved sanitation and several of its negative health and social impacts. 

To address this goal, in Stann Creek district, the project will:

  • Train community members on the construction and maintenance of dry composting latrines, through workshops and with practical experience gained on the installation and use of 12 latrines.
  • Raise awareness on adequate hygiene and residue disposal practices at the local and national level, through the implementation of education sessions at schools, radio interviews, social media campaigns and community events.

 

The latrine  model implemented by the project does not use water and, after several months of decomposition, waste material turns into compost that can be used as organic fertilizer for trees and plants.


Highlights and Updates

Objectives

Increase access to improved sanitation and adequate hygiene and residue disposal practices in San Roman and Santa Rosa villages.

 

Improve awareness and knowledge of adequate hygiene and residue disposal practices at a national level.

 


Context

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every US$ 1.00 invested in sanitation brings US$ 5.50 in returns from lower health related expenses, 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 Project, has built 200+ latrines that benefit more than 1.000 people in 30 of the poorest communities in the country. 

Synergies

During project implementation, HPPB will collaborate with:

  • Alcalde and Village Councils
  • Ministry of Health (approval of latrine locations from health authorities in the area)
  • Ministry of Education (schools in the area)
  • Local Businesses

Time Frame

Start Date: June 2018

Finish Date: December 2018

Duration: 7 months



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