November 19, 2016: Mozambique celebrates World Toilet Day

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November 19th is World Toilet Day and in Mozambique ACRA organized a full programme of activities to raise awareness on the right to have a private, safe and clean toilet.

The event, envisioned as a big party, will be the opportunity to break the ice on the topic of toilets, often perceived as taboo.



Here is the programme of activities that will take place next Saturday:


DatE November 19th 2016
PLACE Praça da Juventude, Magoanine Neighbourhood (Maputo)
Organizers ACRA and ESTAMOS.
ESTAMOS is a Mozambican organization that has been working on water and sanitation for more than ten years, both in the North and in the South of the Country. In the context of the project, ESTAMOS coordinates activities involving the local community: schools, neighbourhood committees, families, etc.
Participants Mainly children and teenagers under 18 years old, but the whole population of the neighbourhood will be involved.

Activism in schools, local committees and around the neighbourhood.
Since last week, a car drives around the neighbourhood with a loudspeaker to advertise the event and hand out posters and flyers.

8.00 - 9.00 Eight tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) will go around the neighbourhood covered in giant papier-mâché objects portraying toilets, soap bars and pots of hot water. Each tuk tuk will carry 3 children from our Hygiene Centres who will hand out flyers and invite people to join the event.
In addition, 4 dance groups of the Hygiene Centres will enliven some small flash-mobs in the streets nearby, also inviting people to join.
9.00 - 9.30 Opening speech: ACRA and the District Health Director
9.30 - 10.30

The square will be divided in 5 sectors where the following competitions will take place:

  • Sack race
  • Potato-and-spoon race
  • Tug of war
  • Musical chairs
  • Bean lottery (a big jar full of beans, you need to guess how many beans are in the jar)
  • Trivia game on good hygiene practices (the questions will be decided by the children from the Hygiene Centres)

From the main stage, a host will do a live commentary of the competitions, like a sport journalist, and will call on stage one by one some activists to explain each one good hygiene practice. The first four competitions will all have three sessions.

10.30 - 11.00 District Council Member’s (Vereador) speech, award ceremony.
11.00 - 12.00

Live music (Matilde Conjo), traditional dances (Gruppo Machaka), comedy show (Amarelinho), presentation of social businesses Náiss e Nkunkula. The stage will be on a truck.


At the end of the morning, all the children of the Hygiene Centres will be invited to climb on the truck and go around the neighbourhood and celebrate, with a lot of loud music.

We obtained media coverage of the event from two televisions and two national newspapers. A photographer and a cameraman will record all the activities.
To the children of the Hygiene Centres we’ll hand out cameras gifted by our Testimonial Frankie hi nrg mc so that they can make their own reportage.


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