Scores of residents in Kenema district are calling on Non-Governmental Organizations especially Gold Sierra Leone and its partners to provide them with permanent toilet facilities in their communities.
This request was made during a radio discussion program over the Star Line Radio in Kenema early May 2014.
Some callers revealed that sometime in 2008, some organizations went to their communities and asked them to construct community toilets using local materials under the project Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
Some of the callers revealed that the toilets they built in their communities are now out of use, as some have broken down while some are used as stores.
A caller from Dodo chiefdoms says he has seen the Alafia latrine that Goal Sierra Leone is talking about but they prefer the construction of flush toilets in their communities, using some parts of their local materials which he says is durable and comfortable to use.
Some other community people also requested Goal Sierra Leone to extend their operations to their chiefdoms by providing them with water facility.
Speaking about the demand of the community people in the district at his Kengeh street office in Kenema, the Wash programme Manager, Goal Sierra Leone, KokerYambasu says they are aware of most of the demands of the people which came up during their radio discussion programme and that they have taken note of it but they will only look into it and address it when funds are available. Talking about the Alafia latrine which he says is in its pilot stage with demonstration sites in two chiefdoms Nongowa and Lower Bambara in the Kenema district, he said the idea of a poor flush toilet is a welcome idea but with funding, it can be taken care of adequately to serve its purpose, if provided in the communities.
He revealed that sometime ago, with funding from UNICEF and Irish Aid, they provided new wells, gravity felt system and latrines in schools under the WASH program in schools in eight chiefdoms in the district. Also, 710 communities sections in CLTS communities across 8 chiefdoms were targeted between 2008 to 2013 and 500 of those communities were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF), and the issue of ODF is still going on as post triggering activities.
Thursday May 15, 2014