By Komang Kurniawan, Chairman & Team Leader
Belong Hamlet is a hamlet (dusun) that is located on an east slope of Mount Agung. This hamlet is one of 19 hamlets located in Ban Village. A wide dry river bed as an ex lava stream, formed by Mount Agung eruption in 1963, that’s made land there very dry, sandy, and there is no water source. Therefore, all people there are using only rainwater. Belong Hamlet has 371 households and most of them have a rainwater tank called “Cubang”. On dry season, Cubang will be empty and people who need water must walk for 2 until 3 hours to get water from nearest water source. This situation made sanitation there very poor; all people there don’t have toilet, even most of them don’t know what a toilet is and have never seen one.
Mei 2017 is a great month for people in Belong Hamlet because in this month, EBPP in collaboration with EXO Foundation has helped with 23 toilet/bathroom blocks. About 40 household or approximately 160 people who lived in Belong Hamlet have received a benefit for this aid. The first activities start from late May, and will be finished in June 2017. Eerder, in 2014, EXO Foundation also helped Darmaji Hamlet that located on a slope of Mount Abang, met 49 toilet blocks. With the grant, EBPP provide materials of cement and concrete blocks, and then community will cooperate and build the toilet by themselves. They also participate by providing door and roof for the toilet, so the toilet can be used for the long term. Those toilets are not only used for defecating but also for bathing, laundry and other needs.
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Toilets needed to cover all people in Belong Hamlet are 191 toiletten, but because of limited funding, we are only helping now with 23 toiletten, sponsored by EXO foundation – and recently confirmed for another 24 by a UK donor. People in Belong Hamlet are really hoping that there will be other help for assisting them build toilets because they cannot build it with their own fund. They already realise that with improving sanitation, they can prevent diseases such as diarrhoea which children under 5 years old have a high risk for infection. With toilets, people will not be defecating carelessly anymore. Usually they are doing that in the bushes near their house. This habit is very bad because it can spread diseases particularly during a wet season.
Tegenwoordig, some people in Belong Hamlet can feel happy, because with these toilets, sanitation there has improved and it can decrease spreading of diseases. We give our gratitude for EXO Foundation which helped our people in Belong Hamlet.