Plan International Uganda works with a range of partners, including the government, private sector and civil society, to ensure that schools and communities have access to potable water and hygienic sanitation. We have not only been able to trigger communities to attain Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, but have also seen the government and neighbouring communities learning, adopting and implementing CLTS on their own. Plan International Uganda has developed the capacities of other organisations to implement CLTS and has also strengthened its advocacy work to ensure that the government continues to value the importance of WASH initiatives and the CLTS approach.
Some of the main achievements:
Over the last 12 months Plan International Uganda has incorporated 85 girls and 85 boys as members of sanitation committees in CLTS triggered communities, accelerating child participation in ensuring clean hygiene and sanitation environments. As part of programme integration, water user committees use the Village Savings and Loan Association approach to raise water user fees, leading to improved operations and long lasting water management.
We have promoted community based and low cost approaches to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation conditions in Lira, Luwero, Kamuli and Tororo districts in a bid to provide a clean environment that facilitates proper growth and development of girls and boys.
Key among the innovations achieved during the last 12 months is the construction of 8 model flood resistant latrines in flood prone areas to address the issue of collapsing latrines due to heavy rains.
“This project has eliminated the shame associated with lack of a latrine especially when we receive visitors. Communities are protecting their Open Defecation Free status. When they see a passerby defecating or attempting to defecate in the bushes, they talk to them and for instance say: Where are you coming from? Don’t you know we are open defecation free". Community member Molo parish
As a result of its Community Led Total Sanitation interventions, Plan International Uganda has to date witnessed 198 villages declared Open Defecation Free, which has in turn translated into 10,350 new users of latrines.
Over the last 12 months, a total of 180 masons were trained in latrine construction, slab making and sanitation as a means of raising income, while 11,200 people were reached with safe water facilities.
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), the sales of low cost latrines, and School water and sanitation programmes are all contributing to the reduction in dropout rates and improvement in academic performance.
Community water supply is also instrumental in ensuring increased access to safe water helping to improve health conditions, reduce the burden of women and children searching for clean water and increase productive time in households.
As part of advocacy efforts and partnership with government, Plan International Uganda supports government programmes. Last year we supported the Ministry of Health to develop and disseminate 1,500 handbooks on Community Led Total Sanitation and sanitation marketing.