Pan African CLTS Program Progress , Low lights , High lights & Lessons Learned Country: Sierra Leone By Abdul S. Kamara Progress till January Objective Have been triggered Have reached ODF Have adapted improved Hygiene practices Target No Of Villages 150 150 150 Reached No Target No. Villages Schools 108 20 68 20 68 20 Reached Targeted No. Schools No. People 20 25000 7 25000 7 25000 Reached No. People 17928 11288 11288 Target No. Children 11120 11120 11120 Reached No. Children 8210 5170 5170 •Communities are now constructing and rehabilitating their latrines without external support , Also selected natural leaders/ volunteers from this communities are taking the lead in triggering and monitoring exercises as well mobilising and organising communities to celebrate ODF Status.Sanitation committees formed within ODF communities are monitoring household latrines to ensure maintenance of WASH facilities and adoption of improved hygeine practices. •There is a strong political will to implement CLTS activities. This is manifested through the establishent of Hygeine and Sanitation Directorate, increase in bugetry allocation and the establishment and odoption of WASH Policy by parliament. Government is however soliciting more support from donor communities for the implementation Of WASH Activities. Low Lights • Difficulty in rolling out CLTS methodology and approach to other non operational communities and neighboring chiefdoms By natural leaders • Unavailability of safe drinking water in most ODF communities • Some triggered communities are still lacking behind to achieving ODF status High Lights • Give three examples of things that you are really proud of / main lessons learned of the CLTS program so far. • The CLTS project has empowerd communities to take the leading role in addressing their hygeine and Sanitation Problems. • Some neigbhouring communities are constructing their latrines without being triggered. • There is increased invlovement of Children in promoting CLTS approach both at school and community level Lessons Learned • What are the three main lessons that you have learned from the CLTS program so far? • Once communities are sensitised they can play a leading role in sustaining their water and sanitation facilities and keeping their communities kaka free • Chiefdom exchange visits of natural leaders will enhance the adoption of new ideas, creativity and innovations in CLTS approaches and methodologies • The formation of a network of natural leaders can lead to program success and sustainability Picture • Include some nice pictures of toilets build in the project area.