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Toilet

Toilet

$70


Description

Help train someone to build their own toilet and learn about important hygiene and sanitation issues. The gift of a toilet not only gives people somewhere private to go, but also improves the overall health and well-being of a community.

How your gift helps

Household toilets are the latest thing in the village of Nam Htung Hku, Myanmar – and thankfully it's a trend that's sticking around! 280 of the 360 households in the village have their own latrine, and that number is growing as community members experience the benefits of improved hygiene and sanitation. With material support and guidance from TEAR partner World Concern Myanmar, people like Ah Chi Hea (pictured) have been able to build their own toilets.

TEAR partner World Concern Myanmar first began working in this remote village in 2010, supporting the formation of a Village Development Committee (VDC) who are responsible for setting the development agenda for the village and initiating locally specific activities. Among initiatives like improving roads and health awareness, the VDC's most recent action plan seeks to prioritise the building of a latrine for all remaining households. World Concern supports households with some materials like toilet pans and pipes, and training in hygiene and sanitation. They also supply seeds and run sessions to support people in starting their own home gardens, empowering families in the growth of nutritious food and opportunities for income generation.

Ah Chi Hea can point out many improvements in the community since the project has been active. The local Health Care Group, supported by the VDC, has been instrumental in growing the community's awareness of improved hygiene practices, such as handwashing, sleeping under treated mosquito nets, and boiling water before drinking it. As a result, deaths from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and malaria have decreased significantly. With eleven children of his own, all of whom are alive and healthy, Ah Chi Hea knows just how precious and powerful good sanitation can be!

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About our partner

World Concern (Myanmar) is a Christian development organisation that works with people facing extreme poverty to provide hope and opportunity. Its projects in Myanmar focus on some of the country's poorest communities, building up their capacity through strengthening Village Development Committees (VDCs), improving community health, and providing access to clean water and agricultural training.

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