Implementation (Aug. 2020 - June 2024) Implementation Trip 1: October 2020 (5/50 latrines)
Our initial plan was to travel to Carijana in Summer 2020, however due to the pandemic travel was restricted and funding dried up. Despite COVID-19, we continued to make progress by working more closely with our in-country partner, Engineers in Action (EIA). We shipped the materials for the first 5 latrines along with a construction guide, a mason and a representative from EIA. The community had adobe bricks prepared that were used to construct the superstructure. The mason and EIA representative helped the community build the first 2 latrines and taught the community the construction process. After the EIA team left in early October 2020, we continued to remotely monitor the construction and installation of the other three latrines during the months of October 2020 and early November 2020.
We were able to send our education plan for health and sanitation as well as a maintenance guide for caring for the latrines. By using locally sourced materials and providing the community with the expertise needed for sanitation, EWB Pitt hopes to make a sustainable and lasting impact on the Carijana community during this and future assessment trips.
Implementation Trip 2: September 2021 (20/50 latrines)
After getting feedback from the community, we redesigned the latrine. With travel restrictions still in place we were not able to travel. Thus we conducted another remote implementation with the help of our partner EIA. In September 2021, materials for 15 more latrines and 2 masons were sent to the community along with our updated construction and public health plans. All latrines were successfully constructed brining the total number of latrines to 20.
Implementation Trip 3: August 2022 (35/50 latrines)
Travel restrictions are lifted! On the third round of implementation we were finally able to return to the community where we received a warm welcome. On this trip, in addition to overseeing the construction of 15 additional latrines, we accomplished aspects that were not able to be done remotely: conduct household interviews, gather public health data, have meetings with different groups to get feedback and answer questions, inspect previously built latrines, teach how to build tippy-taps (a handwashing station that can be built with local materials) and then use one to run a handwashing activity with the children at school, share the long-term maintenance plans, and more. We accomplished and learned a lot. Today, more than half the community has access to a toilet which according to the local doctor has already led to a 30% drop in intestinal sickness among children.
Implementation Trip 4: August 2023 (50/55* latrines)
In August 2023, our chapter returned to Carijana to construct 15 additional latrines. Alongside overseeing this construction, we engaged in various public health initiatives. We facilitated separate focus groups for men and women, creating a platform for discussions on relevant health topics. Additionally, we identified necessary long-term maintenance procedures to ensure the sustained functionality of the facilities. Our commitment to community well-being extended to ongoing sanitation education sessions, particularly with the children. Through these efforts, we aimed to contribute not only to immediate infrastructure needs but also to promote lasting public health awareness in the community.
Implementation Trip 5: June 2024 (55/55* latrines)
Since the project began, the community has grown. In 2023, the chapter agreed to expand the project to construct 5 additional latrines. These last latrines will be constructed via remote-implementation as a partnership with EIA.