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Verifying communities in Chibombo

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Today, the 5th day of March 2014 has been yet another exciting day at the 2014 Pan-African CLTS Annual Review meeting hosted by Plan Zambia, in Lusaka. We had a field visit to Chibombo district’s Keembe Constituency falling under Chief Liteta’s chiefdom in Mashikili ward.

My team comprising Petra from South Africa, Negussie from Plan RESA, Samuel from Plan Uganda, Charles from Plan Kenya, Mwangala from Plan Malawi, and Lazarus and myself, from Plan Zambia. We visited Shanyinde, which is an Open Defecation Free claim village to carry out ODF verifications. The village has got a total of 74 households and a population of 418 people. The team split into two groups and managed to sample 38 households out of which 36 had household latrines and all basic WASH facilities, including hand washing facilities with soap/ ash and water. Only two households, which were grandparent headed, did not have latrines. The latrines that were initially there collapsed and the village leadership pledged to support the two households to put up adequate latrines.

The team was impressed because Shanyinde village was very clean with no evidence of open defecation around the village. Most of the households live in homesteads, where a household comprises of more than one house, the other houses normally belonging to older children. Also interesting was how female headed households were able to take full responsibility for their sanitation. An example is that of Phyllis, heading a household of five people managed to construct a nice household latrine. She paid somebody K90 ($US15) and she said she was proud that she had a personal latrine.
Though, at some point, our vehicle got stuck in the mud, the day was indeed very fulfilling, insightful and full of learning. We did a debrief with the village headperson together with a few other members of the community.

Simulekwa Sifaya is WATSAN Project Coordinator for Plan Zambia.


Date: 6 March 2014
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