Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

Women’s Empowerment for Change

22/02/2017 - 14:51

Women’s Empowerment for Change project promotes community hygiene through the construction of public toilets in the Foni Jarrol District.

The project is co-funded by the Delegation of the European Union and SOS Children's Villages UK, to the value of circa €275,000.  

The project aims to support 100 single, vulnerable women and their children and aims to build gender sensitive communities, ensuring respect and protection of the rights of women in Sintet, Kalagi, Kan Mamadou, Jarrol and Kampassa.

Based on the findings of a needs assessment, it was realised that many households within the 5 communities lack proper sanitary conditions. There was particular emphasis on toilet facilities and the prevalence of open defecation within and around the communities, thus exposing these communities to serious health challenges.

Through consultation and collaboration with local partners, namely the Women’s Cooperative Groups, Alkalos and Village Development Committees, a total of 15 strategically located community toilets were built in highly needed Kabilos within the community. The newly built community toilets will ensure that open defecation is stopped, the environment is kept clean and community health is strengthened.

The 15 toilet facilities (3 per community) were built with €16,183.50 of funding, which is equivalent to GMD679, 707.00.

To ensure the sustainability and maintenance of the toilets, SOS Children’s Villages Gambia has trained 15 selected community representatives on Water and Sanitary Hygiene (WASH) practices.

The official handing-over ceremony was held on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at Kalagi in the Foni Jarrol District.

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