In partnership with the community, BAFROW sunk 12 new model pit latrines in Mandinaba.The VIP latrines were developed in accordance with the modern standards and specification by the department of community development. Residents of neighboring villages were encouraged to replicate the model in their compounds. Both men and women were provided with skills to construct the latrines and many private and public toilets have since been built. This community action has significantly improved sanitation in these areas.
This activity involves proper management of water for household use, public water supply such as wells, boreholes, streams, and the establishment of water catchments for water storage, ways of keeping clean water for domestic use and how to make drinking water safe.
ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY VILLAGE MARKET
The Mandinaba village market was constructed by BAFROW. It is in response to a felt need expressed by the villagers. Hitherto the construction of the market, women spread their goods and products on the streets, fresh and processed products were exposed to dust generated by the traffic and women and children and their good were susceptible to the dangers posed by the traffic. Garbage and residues from the street market also posed environmental hazards.
The new market is environmentally friendly. It is strategically located and easily accessible to the public. The market complex includes a wide area of concrete floor and covered iron roof. It has sections for specific commodities such as butchery, fish and seafood, groceries and fresh vegetables and other items
Each of these sections has stalls with tiled slabs as tables to display the products. These can easily be cleaned at the end of each marketday. The market has piped water supply.
There is an adjacent two-storey structure which provides space for a mini retail store at the top floor, and a wholesale store at the lower floor. Both stores supply a variety of goods, and commodities and villagers no longer have to travel to the cities in search of these products. Thus, the market is also an incentive for increased productivity in agriculture and horticulture in the area. A market committee is set up set up to ensure proper management of the premises. Vendors contribute financially and in kind to maintain the market, and they organize themselves for skills upgrading in market related issues.
This market contributes to the improvement of the environmental sanitation of the village, as well as the reduction in the incidence of traffic accidents involving vendors, their children and buyers.