Field Trip pt 3: Latrine inspections

As I said, I went out to inspect the latrines that had been built in May.
Most were in good shape. They decided they needed to clearly indicate which
were for women and which for men, and I love how clear the drawings are!

At one block, we meet the custodian which gave Jacques (the water/sanitation
technician) a chance to talk with him about his work and recommend that he
clean the latrines every day rather than every other day. While we were
speaking with him (the man in the orange shirt), the Secretary of the
displaced person's group came (man in black shirt) and had a list of their
further needs. Always prepared! We were, of course, surrounded by children
as well.

All of the latrines we visited, even those in hard-to-reach locations were
very well used. In most of the public ones (as opposed to those at schools),
the community around had created covers (a flat piece of wood on a stick)
which I thought was good initiative. The cleanest were, not surprisingly,
the ones by a medical clinic.

At first, I wasn't sure why we were inspecting them, until we came upon one
which had been built in a bad spot — right over where the water drains down
the hillside. Which means that the water went under the latrine and not only
made it unstable, but also washed the sewage out into the open. But 1 poorly
placed out of 32 or so seems pretty successful to me.


About Seth Longacre

primal health coach, vision fast guide, itinerant discalced Episcopal Deacon, barefoot runner, photographer, spiritual director, yoga teacher, minimalist, pilgrim
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