Municipio de Betanzos

Delegation of the European Union and UNICEF arrived in the department of Potosi, for a visit to the municipality of Betanzos to community Sijllani and Ckellu Ckocha, where UNICEF provided technical assistance within the “Program for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for vulnerable populations rural areas of Bolivia – a key component to reducing inequalities between Bolivian children, supporting the implementation of sustainable policies “, through the construction of 100 ecological toilets (communities Sijllani, Ckellu Ckocha and San Isidro), executing agency Foundation Sumaj huasi.

The main objective of the program is to support the implementation of the rural sector-wide approach (ESA-Rural) in 2013-2016 to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural communities, preferably in communities with less than 500 inhabitants, approach to sub-national level by strengthening the institutional capacity of the sector. The actions are being implemented through agreements with five departmental autonomous governments and through them to municipal autonomous governments. National interventions remain with the MMAyA, SENASBA, EMAGUA and AAPS.

In a very emotional students of the Educational Unit Ckellu Ckocha act, presented a program aimed at the delegation, native authorities, municipal authorities and authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Water who attended the event, students at the primary level showed a drama partner on the use of ecological bathrooms and benefits, giving key messages about the importance of health and environmental care.

The municipality of Betanzos would not remain indifferent to the visit by the authorities, having prepared a formal ceremony for the awards presentation of “Illustrious Guest” by the cooperation extended to 3 communities in the municipality.

With much hullabaloo families who benefited from health modules ecological family, they received the delegation of the European Union, UNICEF and the Embassy of Sweden who visited the community members to learn about the life change that has led to the construction of the dry toilets and perception to the benefits that ecological sanitation.

Meanwhile Eduarda Chijchi, the beneficiary has expressed its gratitude to the institutions that have made it possible to have a bath at home “now live as in the city, we are protected from our health, we are happy, technicians Sumaj Huasi have taught us with examples and we learned a lot. We have made the bricks to build the bathroom, now we will use the urine as fertilizer for our plants, here we produce apple and peach, we are very happy thanks UNICEF, “said Chijchi.

Meanwhile Katarina Johansson UNICEF Representative, expressed his gratitude for the reception so hot by the community members, having outstanding strategic partners such as the European Union, Embassy of Sweden and Sumaj Huasi, “It is a pleasure to be here, we are here to learn from you as it has been this process, which has improved with these baths, as we face in Bolivia lack of sanitation, we know that 60% of the population have no access to potable water, there is a challenge we must face together. It is a joy to be here you have achieved 100% of families and have access to an ecological bathroom you have built in this school and in a super short time comparing with other communities, this deserves a very strong for you applause, this for me shows that there is a leadership and there is a commitment I am very grateful, “said Johansson.

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