Fanlelo village in Timor-Leste celebrates being declared open defecation free


Fanlelo village in Timor-Leste recently celebrated being declared open defecation free, cutting the ribbon on the final latrine built by the community. Each household now has its own latrine. This comes less than a month after undergoing the Community Led Total Sanitation process, led by local CSO Luta ba Futuru and supported by WaterAid. The approach focuses on generating community-wide behavior change to improve sanitation and hygiene.

Similar work will continue as part of WaterAid’s Water for Women project, supported by DFAT. Toilet coverage in the broader municipal area is now at 90 percent, with the aim of reaching 100 percent by March 2019.

Water for Women is partnering with WaterAid in delivering Beyond Inclusion: realising gender transformational change and sustainable wash systems in Timor-Leste to address the multiple dimensions of inequality in access to services.


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