FROM OPEN-DEFECATION DIE-HARD TO OPEN-DEFECATION FREE CHAMPION, TARA HOUSEHOLD ENJOYS SANITARY FACILITIES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS
By Peter Andresile and Comfort Yikiru
For over 40 years, Tadeo Karilo, a 46-years-old resident of Machu East Village, Pajama Parish, Tara Sub County in Maracha district, had never owned a latrine in his household right from his childhood. Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment – West Nile (RICE-WN) met him during the implementation of a hygiene and sanitation promotion project in the sub-county.
Together with his family members, they have been openly defecating in the nearby forests and bushes. Neither he nor his father had ever constructed a latrine. “Even when we were growing up, my father never dug a pit latrine or a bath shelter for us”, Mr. Tadeo testified.
Despite initial efforts made by the Sub-county to convince Tadeo to construct such facilities, he was hesitant to adopt such ‘new’ facilities. “He has been evading arrest and dodging sub county enforcement officers since his home is near the border with Yumbe district,” said Hon. Biajo A’badrile, the LC III Chairperson of Tara Sub-county, during the function to declare 37 out of 40 villages in the sub-county Open-Defecation Free by the district officials held in Aliamu village, Ojapi Parish.
After triggering the community through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and further follow ups, Tadeo finally considered the fact that Hygiene and Sanitation is necessary for his household. He constructed a Latrine, Hand Washing, Rubbish Pits and Drying Racks. Tadeo’s household now enjoys sanitary facilities for the first time in over 40 years.
Mr. Tadeo has transformed from “Open Defecation ‘Die-Hard’ to Open Defecation Free (ODF) ‘Champion’” as he was recognized and rewarded for his giant transformation during the event to mark partial declaration of the sub county open-defecation free. “My home is now an ideal home stead,” Mr. Tadeo told the participants when asked by the LC III Chairperson, Mr. Biajo to tell the public how it feels to have the sanitary facilities in his household.
The Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) project is implemented by RICE-WN in partnership with SNV/DFID. Besides, Tara sub-county, RICE-WN implements the SSH4A project in Yivu and Kijomoro sub-counties in Maracha district, Kuluba, Ludara and Midia sub-counties in Koboko sub-county. CLTS is one of the approaches used for hygiene and sanitation demand creation.