The community decides, the community builds
The We Are Water Foundation renews its partnership with UNICEF and starts a new project in Burkina Faso based on the CLTS approach. The goal is the empowerment of communities for the building and maintenance of their own latrines and hygiene education to eradicate open defecation.
The new project, which aims to build at least 1,800 latrines, is part of a new phase of collaboration established by the We Are Water Foundation and UNICEF. After having developed four in the last eight years, both institutions have signed a new agreement to make further progress in achieving access to water, sanitation and hygiene for children, based on this new approach focused on the empowerment of the community.
At the signing ceremony, Anna Folch, president of UNICEF Catalonia, highlighted the key factor of this new project: “We need to raise awareness within communities so that they are empowered and able to solve their sanitation problems themselves. This is essential to alleviate child mortality caused by diseases that could be avoided with adequate access to water and sanitation.”
Folch valued the collaboration with the We Are Water Foundation: “In the last eight years this partnership has allowed us to work in many countries, improving the lives of many children and guaranteeing their rights. It is essential for UNICEF to continue joining forces and to collaborate with an institution like the We Are Water Foundation, whose goals are also those of UNICEF, is a guarantee of efficiency.”
Xavier Torras, director of the We Are Water Foundation, highlighted the importance of making further progress in the development of new sanitation solutions such as those included in the new project: "Sanitation is one of the most backward areas today. 2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation and we intend to have a very significant impact in this area. We look forward to renewing our collaboration with UNICEF; the project in Burkina Faso is very important for communities to be aware of their capacity to act, avoiding the neglect of the facilities. UNICEF is able to make the cultural changes that are essential to achieve this.”