Orbis' work would not have the powerful impact on improving environmental hygiene without the team of dedicated staff who work within the project communities daily. Tadesse Data manages the Orbis project in Konso, a village located 90km from Arbaminch with a population of 257,000. He works in collaboration with the Konso health office to plan, implement and follow-up the construction of latrines until they are ready for use by the local communities Construction of communal latrines starting from site selection up to the completion of the construction can take 2 to 4 months, during which time Tadesse's commitment is fundamental to the success of the project.
The average number of households using the communal latrine is about 80 which is approximately 480 individuals. This improved sanitation has had long-term significant benefits for the community and the active involvement of communities is central for the project to have a lasting impact. The construction of such latrines demonstrates to the local communities that the use of such facilities could reduce the disease transmission and maintain a clean and healthy environment. Once communities understand the value and benefit of latrine use, they can then construct their own latrine from cheap local materials. Dedicated and experienced staff members like Tadesse encourage the local community to embrace the changes that these latrines bring. In this way your generous donation can reach it's maximum potential.
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