Lake Chad. Hygiene and environmental education
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19-10-2022 | di COOPI

Lake Chad. Hygiene and environmental education

On 19 October 2022, the project 'Supporting access to water, hygiene education and respect for the environment. A DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) approach', financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented in Chad in the Lake Region will be over. The balance of the action is more than positive, in fact the hygienic and hydric conditions of the populations in the area have improved, awareness of environmental protection has increased and the use of existing natural resources is now more conscious.

15 solar-powered wells, 32 gender-separated latrines adapted to the needs of persons with reduced mobility, and 1,400 trees planted near several schools: these are some of the results achieved within the framework of the project. We must also highlight the construction of 26 water access points and the organisation of various trainings dispensed to communities on the selective cutting of branches and the construction of improved combustion stoves, which, thanks to their ability to concentrate smoke in a well-enclosed space, require the use of a low quantity of firewood. The aim of the project was to contribute to improving the living conditions of the vulnerable populations in the area by enhancing their access to water and sanitation services in an environmental context to be safeguarded. Indeed, the Lake Chad region is affected by water scarcity and desertification.

Project manager Flavio Boffi says:

During the last field visits, I was able to gather several impressions from the beneficiaries. From these meetings, I noticed a deep understanding of the actions and infrastructures, a sign that the project was truly participative. Moreover, all activities were concentrated in schools and health centres, involving many beneficiaries in an effective, concrete and punctual manner. All this was only possible thanks to the commitment and determination of all the staff, from the animators to the logistics, as well as the help of the state authorities: thanks are therefore due to all of them, because the results achieved are the fruit of a productive and year-long collaboration.