Latrine Construction and Training – Panama

Scenery - PanamaThis project is for the construction of individual latrines in a small community in the mountains of Panama. In addition, the community will receive training in construction techniques and hygiene.

This small community is made up of indigenous subsistence farmers who raise corn, beans rice and coffee. It is a steep 2-hour hike from the nearest road. Currently, no latrines exist in the community and people defecate in open pits or in the surrounding hills, creeks and rivers.

This project was chosen by the community members as being of primary importance to the welfare of the village. The community is contributing 57% of the total budget.

The project is being coordinated by Peace Corps Volunteer Andrea Newman.

The latrine design includes a moveable floor. When the latrine is full, the floor can be placed over a new hole, and a tree can be planted over the old hole.

Project sustainability lies in the training the community will receive in both construction techniques and in health issues and disease prevention. Additional training will include latrine use, water treatment, and maintenance.

The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of Six Senses Resorts & Spas as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Panama.

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