Integrated into one of our existing Safe Water projects in the Gamo Gofa Zone in SNNPR, Ethiopa, CO2balance, with local partner Vita, are implementing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project working towards the provision of good hygiene and sanitation practices. The project targets three rural villages in Chencha and Mirab Abaya districts, where poor hygiene and sanitation practices are widespread and open defecation is common practice.
The three objectives of the project are:
- To increase access to sustainable clean water for household consumption
- Reduce water borne diseases in the community
- Improve school health and sanitation status
Using an approach called Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) that will result in everyone in the community voluntarily adopting good washing and sanitation practices, the project will provide a more comprehensive and far-reaching impact on communities to achieve sustainable results.
Once complete, this project will directly improve the health of 960 households, totaling 4,800 people with training, awareness and utilization of constructed pit latrines. The project also targets and improves the hygiene and sanitation of 2181 school children through awareness creation.