Clean
Kumasi
People Standing Up Against Open Defecation
11locations
483responses
269residents
HOW IT WORKS
Clean Kumasi places signs in spots in the community where open defecation, flying toilets, and dumping occur.
The signs ask residents to flash a number if they want to join the effort to stop open defecation. They receive an automated voice message with information on how to get involved.
Sparked by Clean Kumasi organizers, residents come together to confront open defecation. Natural community leaders emerge to demand and mobilize solutions to improved sanitation.
COMMUNITY MAP
Ayigya Zongo
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High Response
Moderate Response
Low Response
LOCATIONS
Sites of interest to the community
Last Stop
Trotro station by affordable housing
20
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Bola Tongo
Official dump & old markets
19
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Central Mosque
Zongo Central Mosque
16
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Apostolic Church
Opposite the market toilets
13
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Two Water Tap
Kwaku Tailor & Mallam water taps close to corn mill
8
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Sakafiya
Sakafiya Suna Mosque & environs
7
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Market Toilets
Ayigya Market Toilets
6
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Masasa Toilets
Massasa's new & old public toilets
6
RESPONSES RECEIVED
School Dump
Unofficial dump behind Ayigya School
6
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Aboabo Station
Aboabo Station, T-junction by Tafasoft Cafe
4
RESPONSES RECEIVED
Ziko Toilet
Open toilet & closed toilets
2
RESPONSES RECEIVED
ABOUT
3
COMMUNITY
MEETINGS ORGANIZED
1
SMS ACTION UPDATES
TO RESIDENTS
11
HUGS
RECEIVED
0
CLTS EDUCATION
SESSIONS COMPLETED
25
COMMUNITY MEMBERS
INTERVIEWED
757
DAYS THE PROJECT
HAS BEEN ACTIVE
WHAT IS CLEAN
KUMASI?
Clean Kumasi is a tool to assemble and activate residents to eliminate open defecation in their communities. It is a living experiment to see if a digital platform relying upon phones, maps and databases can solve the riddle of how to bring together the different kinds of residents of bustling urban neighborhoods to tackle, well, the shit situation.
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WHY CLEAN KUMASI?
Nationally, over half the population of Ghana uses a shared latrine; the highest rate in the world. That means half of all Ghanaians wake up each day, leave their homes, wait in line and do their business in a place where they have no control over cleanliness or privacy. Changing this reality begins with individuals and their communities. It begins in neighborhoods like Ayigya, where the pilot takes place.

Clean Kumasi is a living experiment in building social capital to tackle the problem presented by open defecation. For the individual, it can be much nicer to shit outside when pay-to-use public toilets with limited hours are your only alternative. Even in the best of situations, the accessibility needs of women, children and the infirm often go unmet by public toilets. For communities, the health effects of unconfined feces are devastating. Shit carries serious diseases that affect poor children and the vulnerable the hardest. It is the unsolved public health crisis that kills a child through diarrhea every 20 seconds.

A transformative methodology called Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has arisen to trigger rural communities to become certifiably "free from open defecation." Adapting this approach to cities poses its own challenges, including defining who the community is and recruiting leaders to take action. This initial step to CLTS is the focus of Clean Kumasi.Because informal community leaders may be harder to identify in urban environments, Clean Kumasi capitalizes on the prevalence of mobile phone amongst Kumasi residents to recruit digitally. Residents can use their phones to join Clean Kumasi, receive notices of community meetings, and get updates on CLTS-inspired activities. The ring of a bell to gather the village becomes the ring of a mobile phone telling neighbors about an action near them.
WHO SUPPORTS
CLEAN KUMASI?
The American people, through USAID, have funded the community organizers of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and the public interest designers at IDEO.org to partner with residents of Kumasi for sanitation innovation. These organization have been working together with residents to create more choice and freedom in the sanitation sector with the aim of delivering dignifying solutions to one of the world's least glamorous and most pressing problems: the safe disposal of human waste for the urban poor. This is not our first collaboration. We've also worked on the social enterprise Clean Team to provide in-home toilets and the maintenance service to support them.

Ultimately, we are people — organizations and residents — that believe innovation starts locally and spreads globally.
 
 
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