Poor households move from open defecation to using hygienic latrines thanks to WASHOBA project

Thrive Networks | Georgia Davis from Thrive Networks, on 06/02/2017 21:07 AEST
Mrs. Tan’s daughter standing in front of new latrine

Mrs Tan is a 50 year-old widow who lives with five children in a small house in Khong District, Champasak Province, Cambodia.

Before East Meets West's (EMW) WASH Ouputs Based Aid (WASHOBA) project was implemented, Mrs Tan and her family members practiced open defecation in the paddy field behind her house. IT was very inconvenient for herself and her daughter, Ms Nuhuk, who is now 18 years old. 

Under WASHOBA, Mrs. Tan decided to use her savings to construct a pour flush latrine with a bathroom. Now the whole family feels safe and comfortable with their new latrine. 

Mrs Tan’s is a poor household that was identified by EMW’s poverty score card tool. She learned about EMW’s OBA program through a village meeting. Mr Vanxay is the village mobiliser who convinced her to invest in a latrine, and now supports and monitors Mrs Tan’s family.  

There are 514 households in Ki-Nak village. Poor households in this village are eligible for the OBA rebate if they construct and use a latrine.  Before triggering in September 2016, 116 households were practicing open defecation and 89 of these households were identified as poor and therefore, eligible for the rebate. Now 48 out of the 89 households have built and are using hygienic latrines. 

Khong district has planned to support this village to reach open defecation free status this year. This will still be a challenge because many households are still practicing open defecation.

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