Context: In Indonesia, 51 million people still practice open defecation, threatening people’s health, exposing them to a number of risks and diseases such as diarrhea. In Banten Province, more than 2 million people lack access to water and basic sanitation. The majority of villagers are under the poverty line and can’t afford latrines.
Solution proposed: Ainna and her youth organization Emcekaqu will implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in Banten community, together with the Chief of the village. To support those who change their behavior and are willing to build latrines, Ainna will set up a social business to sell crispy sticky rice, using the income to help with its construction, and will provide rain harvesting water for toilet flushing to the local school. You can follow up on Ainna’s project updates here.
‘’For me, the Young Water Fellowship is one of my life changing experiences, because I got a huge positive energy because now I know, I am not the only young person that fights for water and sanitation issues for my community, since in Indonesia these issues are not usually tackled by youth.’’