A baseline survey the organization conducted at the beginning of the project indicated that in some communities, only 12% of the households had latrines and the rest were practicing open defecation.
During a recent tour to some of the beneficiary households in the area, Head of Fundraising for Health Poverty Action and Find Your Feet UK, Abigail Betts, said she was impressed to see the positive impact the project has brought about among the 3 thousand targeted households.
‘I am impressed with what I have seen here and to note that Find Your Feet has been able to integrate issues of sanitation and hygiene into their Sustainable Agriculture Lead Farmer, SALF Project. As Find Your Feet UK, we will identify more partners and resources to enable them reach out to a wider populace,’ said Betts.
Aimed at promoting good sanitation and hygiene practices in 30 villages that are under Chimutu VDC in the area of Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa V, Find Your Feet Malawi, a non-governmental organization that promotes sustainable agriculture in the country, has been working with the communities over the past six months.
‘As Find Your Feet, we noticed that there were huge sanitation and hygiene challenges in the communities where we have been working hence the integration. We are using a multi-prolonged approach in order to meet all our target groups at their point of need,’ said Chimwemwe Soko, the Executive Director for Find Your Feet Malawi.
Recent statistics show that out of the 3,000 targeted households; about 2,500 of them have latrines with drop-hole covers and hand-washing facilities while the remaining households are in the process of constructing them.
Apart from encouraging households to build and use latrines, the project is also constructing improved latrines called fosatena for vulnerable households and sinking 22 boreholes in the villages where access to safe and potable water has been a challenge.