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.

People celebrating a new toilet being built

WaterAid/Lavao Pinheiro

People cutting ribbon to open their newly built toilet in Timor-Leste

WaterAid/Lavao Pinheiro

A happy group from a village in Timor-Leste

Timor-Post/Luis da Silva

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