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Dajabon Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

Dajabon Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Dajabon Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicLocation
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Xxxxxx, Dajabon, Dominican Republic

Community Description
Xxxxxx is a small rural community of around 230 families (750 individuals) located in the province of Dajabon on the Northwest of the Dominican Republic. The climate is very dry and rainwater is a rare occurrence. Regardless, many animals are found within the community such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, among others. As an agricultural community, the majority of jobs consists of dairy farming, teaching at public schools, or owning a bodega in the community. Many families rely on cows for their livelihood, either by selling the milk or meat or keeping the cow for themselves to feed the family.

The education system is quite poor and many students drop out of school to work as a dairy farmer to help their families. The graduation rate in the community is quite low because there is no motivation to continue to study.

The individuals are very religious and many attend church regularly on Wednesdays and Sundays. Pastimes in the community include, playing dominos, dancing bachata or merengue, and playing baseball. Dominicans like to have a good time and always find a way to brighten their day through social activities.

Dajabon Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicMany Haitian immigrants enter the community to find a job and these individuals are the most vulnerable in the population. The changes that the community will most like to see are: (1) more water running throughout the community, (2) receiving a garbage truck to pick up all the waste, and (3) having a better healthcare system.

Problem Addressed
Due to the lack of, or poor, conditions of many latrines in this small rural community, many individuals from families of low socioeconomic status defecate in their backyard, causing damage to the environment and to the community.

With the help of many donations, 21 new latrines were built in the community in the Winter of 2016. There is, however, still great need. In a primary community diagnostic, 221 homes were surveyed and 86% of homes were found to use latrines. Of these, 37% of latrines were found to be in poor condition and 10% were found to be shared among family members or neighbors.

Project Description
This project is to build 32 latrines in the community.

Help with a latrine project has been the priority of the community since soliciting a PC volunteer in the summer of 2015, and one project of 21 latrines has now been completed. This new project aims to help additional families with need, selected by the Latrine Committee.

The Latrine Committee was created during the previous project, consisting of the Peace Corps volunteer and health promoters of Centro de Madres. The committee is excited to continue working with a second stage and has already determined and selected the beneficiaries most in need. The criteria used to select individuals included: families who lack a latrine, the number of family members within a family, the number of children in the family, and the health situation of each family. Other responsibilities of the Latrine Committee will include educating families through a health and hygiene course, soliciting possible donations, and contacting the previous local mason to begin work.

As for the families who will receive the latrines, they will have to participate in and graduate from a health training and latrine maintenance course taught by the health promoters of Centro de Madres. The families will also be involved specifically through financial donations to the project including providing materials, labor, food and the mason's pay.

As for the construction process, the latrines will be built by the local mason who has built these exact latrines in the community during the first latrine project. With such experience, the masons will construct efficient and suitable latrines for each of the 32 families.

The educational component will allow 70 individuals (approximately 2-3 people per family) to be trained on topics such as personal hygiene and how to take care of and properly maintain a latrine. The outcome is to help mitigate sanitation and health problems to allow families to maintain safe and sanitary latrines, and to increase overall quality of life.

In order for this project to be a success, these specific steps are to be taken:

-First, there is the implementation of educational component on the use and importance of latrines.

-Then, once funds arrive, the Latrine Committee will notify the families already selected to receive a latrine and the mason. The funds will specifically be used to purchase materials for the latrines.

-Then the construction of the latrines will begin. The process will take around 2-3 weeks, depending on the flexibility of the mason.

-Once all the latrines are built, there will be the assessment of correct use and maintenance of the improvements.

Dajabon Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicProject Impact
110 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
R. Wright

Monitoring and Maintenance
Education, capacity building, and community involvement are the key to the sustainability of the project. At least one family member from each beneficiary family will have knowledge in latrine construction and maintenance, thus will be able to repair and care for the family latrine without seeking outside assistance. Moreover, after the project ends, families will be able to spread the knowledge and skills gained from the training to practice healthy behaviors.

The women from the Latrine Committee will visit all beneficiary families after two months to see whether families are using the new latrines, are implementing healthy practices, and are retaining health knowledge. In addition, a pre- and post-test will be given out to the families to make sure that health educational component was delivered in a sustainable manner.

Lastly, the project can continue since the Latrine Committee members, the masons, and the beneficiary families will have skills to move forward with designing implementing and evaluating future community-based projects.

Fundraising Target
$4,300

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Dollar Amount Needed
$4,300

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