Inauguration of toilet in Tozia

Every day has been so full, I haven’t had time to send a message.  A week has flown by and we have only 2 more days before we return to Port au Prince.
 
Today was a very exciting day!  We inaugurated the new toilet at the National School of Tozia.  This area has NO toilets – everyone goes on the ground – what we call open-defecation.  And the toll of cholera in  the area has been really high.
 
Today we watched our team explain sanitation and hygiene and engage the community in a discussion of how to protect themselves.  People were open to new ideas of ecological sanitation in their homes and communities.  This community helped build this toilet by carrying water and rocks up to 3 hours distance to complete the building.  Pictures when I get home!
It was an incredible celebration and my mom was a hit!  Everyone loves an elder with spunk and energy!
 
Lori and my mom have been working with the 4th grade at the National School in Duchity on an art and dance project.  It is amazing to see them all together.  Come to our dinner in April to see some video!!
 
Tomorrow to Leon, a community near Jeremie (about 2 1/2 hours away) to check on a project we did in collaboration with CRS (Catholic RElief Services).
And Tuesday I hope to meet with representatives of local communities to plan a response to cholera including sanitation and water.
 
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gigi