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Community latrines

Links International is looking to improve sanitation in some of our partner communities by expanding our community latrines building project in already identified villages in India and Malawi. It is hoped that this, combined with teaching on effective hand washing will transform public health.

February 2014 - September 2014

Charity information: Links International Trust

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  • Need


    Sanitation is the key to so many of the public health issues in poor countries. Where there is no established latrine facility, water supplies often become contaminated and water borne diseases and other easily-avoidable infections are rife. Another related issue is the lack of knowledge surrounding effective hand washing and the associated health risks.


    By building community latrines in identified partner communities, water supplies will be more easily protected from avoidable disease. Where latrines have already been built in other partner villages we have clear evidence of the improvements to health seen by these communities. With additional funds, we will be able to spread the provision to neighbouring villages. Volunteer teams regularly visit these communities to teach on community healthcare issues, including how to wash hands effectively.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build more community latrines in Malawi and India in 2014


    » Enable partners to buy building materials locally Ensure partners adequately trained (building and project mgt), Empower partners to own the project

    What success will look like

    The latrines will be visible to all and local community healthcare volunteers already document improvements in public health

  • Impact


    Where community latrines have been installed, data as well as anecdotal evidence gathered by our community healthcare volunteers is showing improved public health. An example is that once sanitation and water supplies are improved and better habits in basic hygiene (eg from effective hand washing) are adopted, we've heard of neighbouring villagers asking why our partner villagers are healthier - and asking for them to share their training. This is the sustainable change we seek in our projects.


    Quality of building supplies, quality of training (leading to less than perfect building or adherence to project plan), financial mis-management and slippage of schedule are always potential risks. Good relationships, regular communication by email and project reporting, six-monthly trips to our partners by training teams and release of funds in tranches (according to markers on project plans) ensures that risks are mitigated as much as is possible. Our success rate on latrines is 100%


    We are able to provide our project update reports on a regular basis (usually by email). Many of our donors and volunteers also like to visit the projects and we are happy for new donors to join us on one of our regular self-funded trips to see the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Building materials Buying the materials and tools from small local businesses for volunteers to use to build latrines
  • Background


    We have identified two locations, one with a partner in Northern India and one with a partner in Malawi that would benefit most from these latrines. Should more building materials be possible because of favourable exchange rates, more materials will be bought for neighbouring villages.


    The local populations will share these community latrines and so will all benefit from better sanitation and hygiene as well as water supplies.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already worked with each of the partners proposed for these projects for some time and have good trustworthy relationships with them. Additionally, we have already had successful latrine building projects in Kande, Malawi.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sydney Kansengwa

    Sydney is our partner in Kande, Malawi and he will be the local owner of the project.

    Janeki Menni

    Janeki is a partner in the South of India. She runs a number of successful community projects and has introduced us to a particular village in need.

Community latrine in Kande, Malawi

Community latrine in Kande, Malawi