KARONGA DIOCESE

Communities in Chisankhwa Take Initiative to Construct Colbelt Pit Latrines for the Elderly

Communities in Chisankhwa Take Initiative to Construct Colbelt Pit Latrines for the Elderly

By Leah Nyondo

Communities
of James and Ngulumbi villages in Chisankhwa have identified two vulnerable
households whom they will assist in constructing a colbelt pit latrine, under
the WASH project funded by Cross Catholic Outreach.

Karonga
Diocese, through the Development Desk, is promoting the use of colbelt pit
latrines because they use locally available resources, hence affordable.
Construction does not require the use of wood as it the case with pit latrines
being used in the area making them environmental friendly.

During
this exercise, communities were asked to provide food for the local artisans
(sanitation entrepreneurs), bricks, water and all other unskilled labour. This
exercise is being carried out as one way of fulfilling one of the principles of
Catholic Social Teaching, “love for the poor” and is expected to spread to all
areas in the project impact area.

These
modern toilets will also serve as demonstration for local communities to see
and easily adopt for use in their households.

One
of the beneficiaries, an elderly woman named Nambene, said her son used to
construct shallow pit latrines which could not last two years. She hailed the
initiative since colbelt toilets last a longer time before another one is
needed.

“This initiative reminds
me of our olden days when communities could come together to assist the elderly
and underprivileged members of the society. I used to believe that this
community spirit is far gone until today,” she said.

The
project, which also has a spiritual component, aims at letting the poor feel
the love of God by taking up small initiatives within the community’s capacity
for people to feel the love of God through charity works.

Not
only is the project providing development work, we must understand the project
is under the Church. As much as it ensures people have access to safe and
portable water, it is also there to ensure it brings people it serves closer to
God.

This initiative will be scaled up to spread to all areas in the project impact area.

                        photo showing the
current toilet being used by one of the beneficiaries

                                               The toilet in construction

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