The power of experience in Burkina Faso
The Burkinabe province of Sissili has managed to eradicate open defecation. The implementation of the CLTS method, based on the communities’ decision to abandon this practice and build their own latrines, has proven to be effective. The Foundation’s collaboration with UNICEF, started four years ago, has established the guidelines the Burkinabe government will follow in the future to rid the rest of the country of a scourge that hinders human and economic development.
The success of the projects and of the collaboration with UNICEF lets us hope that in the near future Burkina Faso will be able to celebrate the fact that its entire territory is free of this degrading practice. The Foundation is also entering a new phase in which to apply its expertise and continue learning to help make SDG 6, water and sanitation for all, a reality by 2030. As declared by Ousmane Nacro, “development itself begins with sanitation in the places where we live, in our homes, in our villages, our provinces and even at a national level. I am convinced that Burkinabe people will be able to make this dream come true in the entire country.”