Guinea is one of the poorest countries in Africa and it suffers from political instability. The majority of its 10.5 million-strong population live in rural areas and are heavily dependent on agriculture. A lack of access to clean water, and proper hygiene and sanitation is a particular challenge – and just 31% of people have access to proper sanitation facilities, making people vulnerable to diseases like cholera and diarrhoea. Open defecation is prevalent in many communities.
We work through local partners to provide people with clean water and educate communities about hygiene and sanitation. We strongly believe that communities should lead their own behaviour change, and our project focuses on using community-led techniques to bring about better hygiene and reduce disease.
“I see the consequences of open defecation on our health. When we have a latrine in the village it allows us to have good health and we won’t feel ashamed when visitors come to our village. When someone comes to our village and asks for a toilet, it’s our pride to show them our latrine. It’s good for our village.” – Fode, village head