A Village Organizes to Change Its Life

CWS Indonesia | October 25, 2019

    With help from CWS, Mama Rosalina and her family could build a safer, sanitary toilet. Photo: CWS

    Mama Rosalina near the toilet her family used to use in Nitutoli. Photo: CWS

    CWS has supported water access for families in Nitutoli, a small community in rural West Timor, since mid-2017. Before this, the only water source was an unprotected spring about one mile from the village that provided minimal water. People lined up one or two hours in to get water; and, in fact. it was just enough for drinking and cooking, not bathing and gardening.

    To address this problem, CWS team members who work with communities to lower hunger across Timor island were able to leverage $700 from a Government-supported village budget. Then, with CWS technical advice, community members protected two springs and now have a lot more water. Having water to support gardening is especially important to Nitutoli families whose poverty means they benefit a lot from having home-grown fresh food. This is a key aim of Timor Zero Hunger: to help families have nutritious affordable food. Added to this and increased access to safe water, having family toilets is a priority. Finally, hygiene and sanitation information that supports behavior change underpins the sustainable use of all the material improvements.

    Their better access to water, along with CWS encouragement, motivated families to change their sanitation and build toilets. Already, nine of 19 families who are our partners in Nitutoli have toilets and have stopped open defecation. CWS staff attribute this success significantly to education sessions held in collaboration with health volunteers that helped families understand the health and household environment value of toilets.

    CWS is show proud to see and share, once again, proof that engaged communities mobilize themselves to change their lives.

    (For more information please contact mkoeniger@cwsglobal.org )

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