By Leah Nyondo
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project under the Development Desk of Karonga Diocese conducted training of sanitation entrepreneurs at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Chisankhwa) from 17th to 21st October 2019.
The training aimed at equipping sanitation entrepreneurs with skills on the construction of sanitation technologies such as sanplats, cement and sand screed, cobalt pit latrine and hand washing facilities. These technologies will assist in promoting hygiene and sanitation among community members.
The training was facilitated by experts from Chitipa District Hospital, Department of Water and Irrigation, local artisans and Caritas staff.
“As God sent the 12 disciples to preach in various villages and save souls, today Jesus is sending you in your communities to preach the message of sanitation and hygiene so that we save our communities from illnesses that arise due to poor sanitation and hygiene. Let’s go and preach this message to our brothers and sisters to save our communities” said Mr Kalagho Catechist for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
In his remarks, Mr. Chirwa a local artisan, discouraged the newly trained WASH artisans from overcharging their fellow community members for the services because it may end up driving away many willing members who might fail to afford.
He further urged them to give freedom to their clients to pay in cash or kind. The technologies are both easy to make and use and affordable by the local community standards. At the same time, these technologies are durable.