We are happy to announce the photo sent by Teo Namata, our member from Uganda, as the winner of the WSSCC World Toilet Day Champion challenge. The picture was taken in Bukala Village, Bunyangabo District, in Uganda and shows women washing their hands after using the toilet.
According to Namata, the photo was taken during the activities organized by the Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH) Project being implemented by Amref Health Africa in Uganda. The goals of the project in these communities are: achieving universal access to safe and well-managed sanitation facilities and healthier and economically empowered communities.
“I am so happy that I was selected as the winner of the WSSCC World Toilet Day Challenge. I am very passionate about working with the grass root communities. Their happiness is my happiness”, said Namata.
The winner of the challenge will be awarded a high-resolution digital camera. Additionally, the winning photo was featured in the Deputy Executive Director’s presentation on World Toilet Day at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The second-place winner of the WSSCC World Toilet Day Champion challenge is Aimé Randriamanalina, our member from Madagascar. The photo displays a diverse group of community members in the country using a handwashing device in front a latrine that was recently constructed in their community
The photo was taken after a Follow-Up Mandona (FUM) session done by the WSSCC’s implementing partner agency, Caritas Farafanga, in Madagascar. FUM is an action-oriented approach to accelerate the end of open defecation. Mr. Randriamanalina works for The Medical Care Development International (MCDI) which is the Executing Agency for the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) program in Madagascar.
The third place goes to Subbulakhsmi Subbiah from India. The photo was taken at Melanur Village in Tamilnadu, India, while women were checking for the first time the pilot toilets constructed for the community.
Subbiah explains that the community has received funds to build 50 toilets. However, before starting the construction work, they have implemented one pilot toilet and asked the community to evaluate it. If it was approved, the others would be constructed. “We should first create the ‘need’ to ensure the sustainability. So, after seeing the toilet, the community automatically asked for the construction. We strongly believe this is the best way to mobilize the community”, said Subbiah.
Check out more information about the challenge here.
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