Why don’t people dig their own wells and toilets?

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They do, but it is not safe or sustainable. Water is drawn directly from rivers, or from scoop holes in the ground. Defecation out in the field is common and toilets in some community’s amount to just an unhygienic hole in the ground with no nearby facilities for handwashing.  

Water from most wells is unfiltered and often a long walk away. Some villagers will boil their water, but this means collecting wood to burn, more work, fewer trees and harmful CO2 fumes that increase global warming. 

Many communities are unaware of the links between poor WASH, particularly bad hygiene practice, and  that’s why our partners don’t just provide the borehole and clean water, but also hygiene and sanitation training.