CACHES Latrine Project – Mozambique


Chicumbane, Gaza province, Mozambique

Community Description
CACHES (Crianças Artistas Contra HIV e SIDA) is a community-based organization in Chicumbane, Mozambique that combines elements of art, dance, music, theatre, and sex education to provide a structured after-school program and playing/learning environment for local youth. Although a relatively new organization, CACHES has already achieved wide recognition throughout the community and serves between 30-50 children daily.

The CACHES facility is often used for small-scale community events and is also home to JOMA and REDES groups, adolescent youth empowerment and leadership programs funded by PEPFAR.

The basic latrine used by children and facilitators of CACHES, composed of decaying reed and wire, is at this point insufficient to properly accommodate the high volume of use which it is getting. It offers very little privacy for children, and the lack of a proper latrine cover provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. The lack of a roof means that the latrine (and its users) become subject to harsh weather elements. Oftentimes, children will choose to go to the bathroom in the surrounding bushes rather than enter the latrine.

Project Description
This project is to build an improved latrine with separate sides for boys and girls. It will be a simple rectangular reed structure fortified with cement, with one wall slightly higher so that water will easily drain off the corrugated tin roof, and two latrine holes, divided by a cement wall.

The dimension of the building will be 2 meters x 3 meters x 3/3.5 meters. In order to ensure privacy and prevent misuse, each entrance will have a locking door. The staff and activists of CACHES will maintain the facilities.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including rocks, cement, tin sheets, fabricated cement latrine covers, planks, doors, and locks, and to pay for labor.

In order to maintain a sense of ownership of the project, CACHES will provide the cement blocks.

Project Impact
150 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Vivienne Chao

A new and improved latrine will enable CACHES to continue to deliver quality services to children and the entire community.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Vivienne Chao, with additional funds from the Elmo Foundation for future projects in the country.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Vivienne of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Vivienne and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.