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Published on: 15/06/2023

In 2017, IRC's senior sanitation expert Erick Baetings conducted an urban sanitation assignment in Norton Town, Zimbabwe. The findings from that assignment were not good: only a very small proportion of the faecal waste was treated and most of it ended up in the river or the environment. Pipes were broken and spilled wastewater and sewage in the fields. The sewage treatment plant constructed in the 1950s was not operational but some refurbishment was going to be done to get it working again.

IRC asked 2022 Ton Schouten Award winner Tafadzwa Ufumeli if he could go to Norton Town and take photos so that we could learn what had happened over the past 6 years. He agreed to go there and took photos of the current situation which we are sharing here in a short photostory.

The situation seems to have improved slightly but only very recently. Take a look at the photos:

Ton Schouten Award changes to CONNECT Award

After five years of organising the Ton Schouten Award for young communicators on water, sanitation and hygiene, IRC is launching a new Award. The CONNECT Award wants to inspire the response of a broader audience of young people so we are also looking for young activists and communicators in the field of health, justice, climate and economic development. 


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