Launch of Peri-Urban WASH Activity in Benin

women try out hand washing stations

To take advantage of the buzz around Global Handwashing Day in October, WASHplus/Benin organized an official program launch in Enagnon, one of the peri-urban neighborhoods where it is implementing a hygiene and water treatment activity. The event called together project community outreach workers, political and religious leadership, women’s cooperatives, school children, USAID and its key sector partners, with animation by traditional music and theater groups, to mobilize for improving WASH in urban areas. The Ministry of Health served as the convener, as the program is closely tied to its efforts to produce an urban WASH strategy. Attendance was robust—400 people participated in the festivities. The culmination of the event was a visit to the demonstration stands where participants could learn how to make various models of tippy taps and correctly use Aquatabs to safeguard their drinking water.