Latrine Project Panama

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Latrine Project Panama
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Region: Tolé
Country: Panama
Volunteer(s) Name: B. Rai
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $1010
Percentage community contributed: 25%
Funds needed were: $1179
Funds requested were: $2999
PPCP #: 525-103
Year of project approval: 2008
Projects started in Panama 2008 (6).
Captain Planet Ecological and Education Fair Panama, Community IT Center Panama, Ecotourism Project Embera Indian Tribe Panama, Latrine Project Panama, Seeders Program, Small Coffee Farmer Business Training Panama
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Info about the Latrine Project Panama

Two communities in Panama, consisting of both indigenous Ngabe and Latino farmers, rest in the rolling hills of the district of Tolé. Most residents here are farmers, who mainly survive on subsistence agriculture. Resources are scarce and most families survive on nothing more than $1-2 a day.

Approximately half the population of both communities currently have a latrine in some form. However, most latrines are in disrepair and the vast majority of people use their backyards which are located directly above a watershed. Because all residents in the community must draw their water from surrounding creeks and springs between the dry season months of December through May, the current waste disposal situation often causes dramatic increases in illnesses during these times. Families outside of the coverage area of the town aqueduct receive their water in this manner year round.

To remedy this situation, the aqueduct committee asked the volunteer for help with latrine education and construction. Since arrival the volunteer has worked closely with the committee to seek solutions to the problem. The communities themselves lack the resources for such a large-scale effort to improve the conditions of latrines in and around the community. The local Ministry of Health has been focusing its resources in recent years away from latrines in favor of water systems and will not commit to a project in the area in the foreseeable future.

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