World Toilet Day focus: Christian Engineers in Development
Working alongside its partner, Participatory Village Development Programme (PVDP), CED is promoting improved hygiene practices in 10 rural villages to enhance the lives of more than 5,000 people.
One of the key outcomes CED is looking to achieve is ending open defecation in the villages, which is a major contributor to disease in these communities.
The charity takes a two-pronged approach to this problem. The first is to improve the sanitation infrastructure through the construction of latrines. The second is to build awareness and generate advocacy in the community through education in hygiene practices. This not only ensures the new latrines are actively utilised, it also means that the long-term sustainability of the intervention is improved.
So far, CED has seen a reduction in illness across the communities they are working in as a result of improved hygiene practice. This has been particularly beneficial for the children in the area as there has been a reduction in school absenteeism.