ODF celebrations continue in Manufahi, Timor-Leste

Group of young women marching and playing red drums in celebration

ODF celebrations continue in Timor-Leste where Water for Women partners with WaterAid to deliver safe and accessible toilets to communities in need and leave no one behind. 

Recently, Manufahi became the fifth municipality in Timor-Leste to be declared ‘Open Defecation-Free’ (ODF), bringing the country another step closer to eradicating the practice of open defecation and achieving universal access to sanitation. An excellent reason to celebrate!

“This program helps educate us to stay healthier and much more hygienic. Our communities no longer use forests and open spaces to defecate.”

Chief of Daisua village Amorin da Costa


This declaration means that around 64,000 people across 29 villages, and 136 sub-villages in Manufahi municipality now have basic access to toilets!


While this is a large milestone, it is not the end of the road for our work in Timor-Leste. WaterAid is already starting on the next step, supporting local governments in both Manufahi and Likisa municipalities to go beyond ODF and work towards ‘Hygienic Village Status’, whereby all households and institutions will have improved toilets and handwashing facilities.


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