During our first week, guided by our project partner SAWA, Tanzanian and UK volunteers worked to explore the current status of sanitation in Ndapo. We did this early on so that we could integrate with the community as soon as possible and enable the smooth facilitation of the CLTS methodology. Initially we conducted a baseline survey and then in the second week we started working with the information we had collected. We set up a SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) club in the local primary school where we talk about the subject in a fun and interactive way.
We also met the community focus groups to find out what the team can do to improve the problems in Ndapo mainly concerning water from the wells. Using the feedback from community members, the team worked to design and build a new and improved well prototype.
Over the coming weeks we plan to launch our household sanitation improvement squad which will allow us to work alongside the local residents to improve the sanitation in Ndapo. With help from both the Village Executive Officer (VEO) and the Chairperson, we have started to pull together ideas for the week-long sanitation celebrations to coincide with World Toilet Day on 19th November. We hope to engage with the local groups and clubs such as SWASH, the Churches and medical centre to help create a movement to improve sanitation in Ndapo so watch this space!