We seek to build an affordable toilet in every manyatta.
In our survey we realized that out of 3000 manyatta with every manyatta hosting 20 to 40 members of the family, only have 3 toilets in Shompole area.
With this data it means one toilet is be shared by 1500 people.
Now these two toilets belong to two manyatta which translate to other people using the bushes to ease themselves.
When it rains most of the area is flat and so does the floods appears. Many communicable diseases are transferred on the water and air. The rate of infections and UTI is high in this region and the fact that the health facilities are rare, child mortality is high and other diseases.
Children have been severely suffering due to water based diseases like trachoma, cholera and other related infections, on the other hand the number of individuals in some households who were victims during the cholera outbreak on 2019 caused by open defecation in the area.
In the end of 2019, Cholera outbreak was reported at Shompole area and the surrounding communities, because of open defecation, the number of the affected and infected went as high as 100 from one community. We visited one family whom the lady was affected and admitted at a hospital for over 50days, due to that factor, she was breast feeding and so this affected her one year old boy because she couldn’t breastfed her and that was the end of her son breastfeeding.
The community lack enough sensitization, knowledge and understanding on important of toilets, they also have cultural myths, traditions and conceptions on use of toilets.
Some of them includes fear to elders to be seen by their daughters when going to the washrooms
Poverty is also another factor.
Some believes that you can’t build a manyatta and then build a toilet, it’s better to build good house first and then build a toilet