Stories from the Field
Stories from the field
27 Feb 13
Mrs. Rasheda Sahab, the 38-year old widow has come a long way from the uncertain situation in which she was left by her husband’s death in 2006. His medical expenses left her penniless, with a ten month old son and three other children to support. Rasheda’s husband had run a small sanitation shop in Hobirbari village of Bhalukasub-district, Mymensingh, Bangladesh, and although she had only occasionally helped out in the shop, Rasheda had no choice but to take over the business.
27 Mar 12
Just two years ago the city of Port-au-Prince collapsed. In a matter of minutes hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives as this proud city crumbled to the ground. In remembrance and mourning, we ask that you take a moment of silence to honor the dead and share the suffering of more than 500,000 who remain homeless in Haiti’s capital.
22 Nov 11
Around 30 percent of the national budget of Rwanda is made available to district authorities. This high share makes Rwanda a front-runner in Africa, Stephan Klingebiel and Timo Mahn, two German banking specialists write in the June 2011 edition of Development and Cooperation, (Vol. 38.2011:6). In only a few years, the country has considerably improved its public financial management. And the reform impetus started in the country itself. Donors helped to mobilise reform forces, but no one questions Rwanda’s leading role. A similar drive can be reported on sanitation.
11 Jul 11
Before starting the story of our community, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Chedorlaomer Villa I am 34 years old, and live in The Maelstrom, small town of Pance, Cali, Colombia. I work as plumber and I am responsible for carrying out maintenance at the drinking water plant (PTAP) and the wastewater [...]
05 Jul 11
Ms. Nanu Maiya Giri, principal of Chuna Devi Lower Secondary School appreciates the effort of her community people proudly. She claims that it’s their dedication that turned the catchment area of school into a total sanitation zone. According to her, after prolonged dedication the Magar tole, Danda Gaunt tole, Kuwa Pani tole, Ghising tole and [...]
04 May 11
This story was told to Juliet Waterkeyn by Amai (Mother) Toriro before she died in 2010 in Zimbabwe from an AIDS related illness. The key message that she wanted readers to know was that she had changed her life through becoming active with the help of a community health club. She did not die alone, or in distress. And most of all she knew she was somebody … not a nobody. This is one of the winners in the Source field stories contest.
South Africa: Municipal Assistant system helps operation and maintenance of assets in municipalities
04 May 11
The Drakenstein Local Municipality in Western Cape, South Africa, is using a new software system to get a better insight into assets management and the operation and maintenance status of six wastewater treatment plants serving 250,000 people.
04 May 11
For St. James Bbina primary school in Kampala city, Uganda, ecological sanitation (ecosan), is no longer just a technology but a commitment. With little or no supervision from teachers, the pupils treat the urine diversion dry ecosan toilets (UDDT) with a sense of ownership and responsibility.
04 May 11
We have just celebrated four years of community management of our water supply in this part of Cochabamba. It is a celebration not of perfection but of hard work; not a story with a happy ending, but a story where we meet the continual challenges, writes Sonia Colque, one of the winners in our Source field story contest in this issue.
04 May 11
Bucket chlorination is a method for reducing the spread of cholera. This lethal disease derives from bacteria (vibrio cholera). The vibrio, which can be spread by water must be treated. An effective treatment for water is to add chlorine, writes Patricia Hugonin, one of the winners of the Source field story contest.