Community Latrine Project (Panama)

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Community Latrine Project (Panama)
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Country: Panama
Volunteer(s) Name: B Barta
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Florida
Funds community contributed: $1680
Percentage community contributed: 38%
Funds needed were: $2540
Funds requested were: $2640
PPCP #: 525-121
Year of project approval: 2009
Projects started in Panama 2009 (8).
Business Plan Development Seminars, Community Center (Panama), Community Latrine Project (Panama), Community Park Renovation, Development of Tourist Welcome Center, EcoClub Manual, Rural Water Committee Training, Water Catchment Systems
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Other Projects in Panama (20).
Business Plan Development Seminars, Captain Planet Ecological and Education Fair Panama, Chalite Community Center Construction, Community Center (Panama), Community IT Center Panama, Community Latrine Project (Panama), Community Park Renovation, Community Park for Youth Development and Environmental Conservation, Development of Tourist Welcome Center, EcoClub Manual, Ecotourism Project Embera Indian Tribe Panama, El Zapote Community Latrine, Latrine Project Panama, Quebrada Tula Rural Health Services Improvement, Rural Water Committee Training … further results
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Info about the Community Latrine Project (Panama)

A small community located in an indigenous reservation in Panama’s most impoverished province is a four hour hike from any transportation and receives almost no government or other development assistance due to its isolation and small population. There are no latrines and the small aqueduct that exists taps directly into a local water ground source and is left untreated. This aqueduct does not serve every house and is often not functioning, resulting in a large percentage of the population bathing in and drinking from open water sources. These water sources are severely contaminated with human fecal matter as a result of the lack of latrines. All members of the 250+ population defecate in open fields and streams due to lack of an alternative. The result of this lack of sanitation is widespread, constant diarrhea due to human parasites. It is not uncommon for children to die of diarrhea-related illnesses. This project proposes to provide materials and training to every household in order to achieve 100% latrine coverage. The community is being organized by two prominent local leaders who requested the project and the community is providing local materials and labor. They will carry all of the materials: cement, sand, gravel, roofing metal and rod up and down steep mountain paths as part of their contribution to this project.

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