BANGLADESH

Installing WASH facilities in slums

WSUP also works on meeting the immediate needs of the families living in slum areas by constructing and renovating badly needed water points, toilets and wash blocks.  We have a particular focus on ensuring that the needs – and safety concerns – of women and girls are addressed in all our programmes.

The sanitary situation in the slums of cities like Chattogram is generally very bad. Most people are forced to use broken toilet facilities which are not often emptied and lack locks and lighting. Human waste from these communities collects in fetid ponds and channels, creating a powerful stench, and flooding local dwellings during heavy rain.

We work closely with the local community to ascertain and meet their precise needs, and to ensure that the new facilities will be kept clean and well maintained once they’ve been built.

With the support of generous donors, including some large local employers, WSUP has been able to vastly improve the water, washing and toilet facilities for thousands of families in slums in Bangladesh. We work closely with the local community to ascertain and meet their precise needs, and to ensure that the new facilities will be kept clean and well maintained once they’ve been built. The new latrines are regularly emptied by the SWEEP professional pit emptying service [add link] also supported by WSUP. 

WSUP constructs brand new community toilets, refurbishes existing toilets, installs plenty of handwashing stations, and builds safe, gender-segregated bathing facilities with strong locks, good lighting, and reliable water supply.  As a result, local families can wash, go to the toilet and collect water more easily and without experiencing lengthy waits. Evaluation of our projects show that the new facilities relieve women from the burden of collecting water. They benefit from increased rest time, resulting in higher energy levels at work. Mothers have more time to dedicate to their children, enhancing their overall well-being. Accessible handwashing facilities enable children to practice good hygiene habits from an early age, and new women-only bathing chambers makes the girls and women of the slums feel safer and reduces their fear of sexual harassment and violence. 

WSUP also provides extensive education for the community about how to use the new facilities, and how to best manage their personal hygiene. This includes a focus on menstrual health and addressing widespread and harmful myths around periods, with workshops and education sessions delivered in communities, local factories and schools.