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# Zogbodomey Sanitation Project – Benin

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

Location
Zogbodomey, Zou, Benin

Community Description
Zogbodomey is a town, arrondissement, and commune in the Zou Department of south-western Benin. The commune covers an area of 600 square kilometers and as of 2002 had a population of 72,338 people.

The economy of Zogbodomey is based on agriculture, livestock, trade and agro-food processing.

Agriculture employs over 80% of the population, with the main crops grown being maize and groundnuts, but in recent years, producers are turning to other commodities such as vegetables, cotton, cassava, soybeans, cowpeas, and rice.

Although access to information on hand washing and environmental cleanliness has improved in the past few years, local schools lack the resources to provide adequate garbage disposal methods or hand washing locations for the promotion of these positive behavior changes.

Project Description
This project is to construct 60 trash receptacles and install them in critical areas in five schools. In addition, 2 hand washing stations will be installed in each of the five schools. The project will be implemented under the direction of Association des Ambassadeurs pour un Meilleur Avenir de Zogbodomey (AMAZ).

The schools were strategically chosen for this project based on the location of the schools, amount of littering and lack of hand washing stations.

In the first phase, AMAZ recruited health officials in each community to speak to students about the behavior change with proper hand washing and garbage disposal. AMAZ has presented proper hand washing technique, the importance of having a clean school environment and how to turn trash into compost. Students and teachers participated in a community mapping project to identify the critical areas of littering and where hand washing stations and garbage cans would be of the most use.

In the second phase, AMAZ has identified local community members to construct 60 garbage cans. These garbage cans will be given to the five schools and placed in the critical areas. Lessons on the utilization of garbage cans will be given during this phase by AMAZ and the school’s WASH committee. There will be discussions on what to place in the cans and when and how to dispose of the garbage.

In the third and final phase, two hand washing stations will be installed in each of the five schools. Lessons will be given on proper hand washing by AMAZ and the school’s WASH committee.

The project aims to encourage behavior change while giving the tools to encourage the positive behavior change.

Project Impact
500 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Katlynn Alm

Monitoring and Maintenance
After each phase, the organization will be required to monitor the use of each tool by communicating with the school’s WASH committee and making visits to the schools.

A month after the last phase, each school will be and evaluated for proper maintenance of the improvements. If the garbage cans or hand washing stations need maintenance, AMAZ will show students what is needed to repair and maintain the tools to encourage the sustainability of the project.

Fundraising Target
$1,200 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
\$1,200