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21st November 2013

Continuing our theme of World Toilet Day, Sophie Brada and Elisa Houweling bring us a blog from X-Ray 5, reflecting on what the community of Sixto Sanchez has taught them about the value of the toilet.

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Whilst squatting over an open long drop may not seem inviting for our readers back home, the concrete latrines here in Sixto Sanchez, Nicaragua, are considered something of a luxury.

On this, World Toilet Day, we have decided to plunge ourselves into the community and investigate the main problems surrounding some of Nicaragua’s poorest areas. Although our toileting situation may seem grim, Sixto Sanchez is fortunate compared to neighbouring villages. In surrounding areas only public latrines are available and these quickly provide perfect conditions for the spread of illnesses - some of which can be fatal. These toilets of course go hand in hand with personal hygiene - another crucial aspect of daily life in this part of the world. One of Raleigh’s main goals is to educate as many people as possible about the importance of washing hands - be it through action days or the now world famous “lavar las manos” song.

We at home take these things for granted - but after spending time with these unbelievably friendly locals never again will we underestimate the power of a fully flushing clean toilet.

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And now we are going to tell you a little bit about what X-Ray 5 are doing in the community. Our physical work has included digging trenches that are now ready for water pipes to be laid down, as well as harvesting coffee beans and planting new coffee trees. The work can be tough but is always satisfying. Aside from physical work we have had several meetings with members of the community to engage them in the problems of water sanitation and waste. These problems will be the subject of our action day next Monday.

Finally, integral to this phase we have been talking  with our community with games of ninja and a giant game of baseball that even included our rival community El Canton with X-Ray 6!

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To read more about the project in Sixto Sanchez you can read their previous blog here