Posted Saturday June 29, 2019
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A field visit with World Vision in Bangladesh

The Fund Coordinator WASH Specialist, Matt Bond, recently visited World Vision Australia's SHOMOTA project in Bangladesh. Travelling with the World Vision Australia WfW Program Manager, Shiv Nair, and the World Vision Australia WASH Specialist, David Rogers, Matt shares a brief overview of this field visit.

In my recent visit to see World Vision Australia's SHOMOTA project in action in Bangladesh, two of the highlights for me was observing community-led total sanitation (CLTS) taking place in Satkhira District (one of three project districts) and seeing new partnerships in action.

We visited two communities in Fingri Union Parishad to see CLTS triggering in action and post-triggering response. The early results were very encouraging. Community members were very proud of their newly constructed toilets and hand washing facilities and insisted that the field visit team inspect each of them. It was particularly exciting to see so many new hand washing facilities accompanying the toilets and that the toilet sub-structures had been well constructed. This demonstrated an advantage that rural Bangladesh has over many other areas where the Fund works—sanitation goods and services are low cost and widely available. After triggering, households were able to immediately engage local masons to build good quality toilets and buy low-cost taps to create hand-washing facilities from existing buckets. Even within countries, the CLTS process looks different from location to location. In Fingri, two things we noted were the predominance of women during the triggering session and the inclusion of menstrual hygiene education during post-triggering follow-up. It will be interesting to see if this is replicated in the project’s other two districts.

Youth leader explaining CLTS monitoring in Gazipara

Figure 1. Youth leader explaining CLTS monitoring in Gazipara

Just as exciting as the CLTS work, was seeing in action new partnerships that World Vision Bangladesh has established for this project. In each of the three districts, expertise for disability inclusion is being embedded in delivery teams through partnerships with local disability service providers. Staff from these organisations are working with WVB colleagues on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that disability inclusion is thoroughly integrated into what the project is doing. It is a great example of genuine partnerships creating a real difference.

A special thanks from the Fund Coordinator to World Vision Australia and especially their World Vision Bangladesh colleagues and partners for sharing their time, insights and hospitality during the visit. It was very much appreciated and set a great benchmark for future Fund Coordinator monitoring trips.

Figure 2 Hand washing demonstration in Gazipara by Ms Khadija Bibi

Figure 2 Hand washing demonstration in Gazipara by Ms Khadija Bibi 

 

Figure 3 CLTS committee chairperson in Gazipara, Ms Sabina Begum, with her newly constructed toilet and hand washing facility

Figure 3 CLTS committee chairperson in Gazipara, Ms Sabina Begum, with her newly constructed toilet and hand washing facility

 

Feature Photo: WVB Project Officer, Rabeya Basri Rayna, Project Officer, SHOMOTA project, triggering CLTS in Gazibagan

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