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

in Red Bank, Stann Creek District, Belize

Project Overview

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

  • Improving the access to adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities of seven individual households, community center, primary school and the health center in Red Bank, Stann Creek.
  • Implementing education activities.

It's expected that 500 people will benefit directly from the project and 3.000 indirectly.

Highlights and Updates

Expected Results

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of adequate hygiene and residue disposal practices in Red Bank.
  • Enhance capacity of community members in the construction and maintenance of sanitation facilities and hand-washing stations. 

Key activities and deliverables

To improve sanitation infrastructure:  

  • 8 dry-double-vault composting toilets and hand-washing stations will be installed:
    • 7 at the house of women group members.
    • 1 at the community center
  • 2 existing latrines will be repaired:
    • 1 at the health post
    • 1 at the local primary school

To increase knowledge on adequate sanitation practices:

  • Latrine owners, staff from the local school and community health post will build the toilet facilities and will participate in a training session that covers installation, rehabilitation, usage and maintenance information on the facilities installed/repaired.
  • 80 households will participate in trainings on sanitation, health and hygiene practices. A special emphasis will be placed on safe disposal of children’s faeces and knowledge of critical times for hand washing with soap.

To increase knowledge on WASH related topics an awareness raising campaign will promote:

  • Adequate hygiene and sanitation practices and habits.
  • Correct use of toilet facilities
  • Local and affordable solutions to improved sanitation.
  • Prevention of avoidable diseases and premature deaths with correct hygiene habits
  • Other key messages including the dangers of open defecation, efficient use of water, water contamination, etc.

Complimentary education and communication materials; publications on social media and a community event will reinforce the campaign's messages.


During project implementation, HPPB collaborated with:

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


  • 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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