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WaterAid declares Manufahi and Liquiçá are open-defecation-free

WaterAid declares Manufahi and Liquiçá  are open-defecation-free

Country Director of WaterAid, Justino da Silva

Dili, 17 august, 2021 (TATOLI)- Country Director of WaterAid, Justino da Silva declared communities in Manufahi and Liquiçá are mostly benefited from the ALFA program for basic hygiene and sanitation facilities saying many have understood the proper use of sanitation facilities and stopped going to the bush for defection.

“WaterAid is working very closely with all entities for implementing ALFA program in the two municipalities Manufahi and Liquica since 2018, to increase population awareness about basic hygiene and sanitation facilities to eliminate open-defecation,” Justino da Silva told Tatoli at his office Bairru dos Grilhos Dili today.

At the same time, Mr. Silva said WaterAid is providing water installation for every household, building the toilets, and encourage people to live in hygiene, saying most people are having their toilet and

Program Manager of Effectiveness and Advocacy, Livia da Cruz

The Program Manager of Effectiveness and Advocacy, Livia da Cruz, admitted that communities in the two municipalities are living in the hygiene environment: Currently, WaterAid has reached the “the clean hand’s program,” which means communities are aware of basic hygiene and sanitation facilities, furthermore to encourage the community to use the latrine instead of going to the bush,” 

According to Ms. Cruz, WaterAid’s also provided several inclusion toilets accessible for people with disabilities, pregnant women, senior citizens in Manufahi and Liquica Municipalities.

ALFA program is implemented through the cooperation between Wateraid, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, youth, sport, and other development partners.

The WaterAid received more than $. 500.000 fund for water installation and sanitation program across 12 municipalities in Timor-Leste.

Based on the 2015 Census shows that 64.7% of the population living in the two municipalities, 54% of the population have accessed to clean water and sanitation, while 30% of the population have had their sanitation facilities living in the hygiene.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

 

 

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