With funding from the Japanese people, UNICEF is conducting open defecation fight’ activities in various hard to reach communities. In the locality of Lauranette, commune of Cerca-la-Source, in the Centre’ department, the population has practically eliminated open defecation. This represents a considerable progress, as in the past, cholera was wreaking havoc in the area. The inhabitants are now very satisfied with the results and thank the Japanese people for their valuable contribution.
Cerca-la-Source, Haiti.,03 October 2018 – It rained the night before, so taking the road to go to Lauranette (2nd communal section of Losianne), is not a party of pleasure. The ground is very muddy, and the road can easily become a trap for any vehicle, however robust. Reaching this locality in such circumstances is therefore a difficult task, but it does not discourage the World Vision agent, a UNICEF partner for the project ” Strengthening cholera prevention in the Central Department ‘.
“We are conducting hygiene awareness sessions for the community. Before launching the Community Approach to Total Sanitation (ACAT), we organized visits, mobilized and verified that the area is ready before starting the process. In doing so, we invite community members to join us to get involved “says Zacharie Porpote, WASH facilitator at World Vision for the area.
In collaboration with the population, the facilitators set up an ‘’Action and Monitoring Committee for Sanitation’’ (CASA). Their role is to make a census of toilets in the community. “The committee mobilizes and educates people who do not have toilets on the importance to buildim them. People have been very enthusiastic and dynamic. They started working from day one “he continues.
The enthusiasm of the community was crucial
This enthusiasm is expressed in the person of Mrs. Elula Jean, ASEC (the local authority) of the communal section. She a driving force for ACAT’ success, raising awareness and motivating people. “I remind residents about the devastation cholera has caused in the community before the construction of toilets. I ask them to dig latrines with the means they have, even if these means are derisory. If possible, I support them to feed the workers and I lend them tools, “she explains.
“There has been a lot of improvement when you considering the previous situation. But it’s an everyday struggle to make life easier for people. There are now many more latrines in the community and since then there is no more cholera, “she continues. Many people have died of cholera in the locality as it takes a long time to get out of the area. Thus the population understood the importance of using toilets and adopting adequate hygiene measures.
“We congratulate the people of Japan and UNICEF for making this contribution in the community. They allow us to protect our lives as well as those of our children. I encourage them to always work in the field because they have helped us a lot. Without this help, we do not know where we would be right now, “she recalls.
A project with many aspects
These activities, financed by Japan in the Center department and notably in Cerca-la-Source, cover several aspects, including the rehabilitation or construction of water supply facilities in 17 communities and peri-urban settlements, creation and training. water, hygiene and sanitation committees; the implementation of the ACAT approach in 100 rural communities and an appropriate sanitation approach in 20 peri-urban areas; building WASH infrastructure in schools as well as promoting hygiene.
“At UNICEF, we are very pleased with the funding of this project, as it will enable vulnerable families and children to benefit from water and sanitation (WASH) services in the Centre’ Department. It will save the lives of children and help us fight waterborne diseases, including cholera. Once again, we thank the Japanese people for helping us accomplish our mission, “said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
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