Thursday, August 03, 2006

Does The Sleng Poop In The Woods?

Not anymore.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - The residents of a Cambodian village will throw a party this weekend to celebrate a sanitation milestone: a toilet in every home.

All 94 families in Sleng village in Kampong Speu province have installed a simple latrine in their homes to deal with solid human waste, making the village "a model of good hygiene" for neighboring communities, the U.N. children's organization said.

Hilda Winarta, a UNICEF water and sanitation officer, said the latrines are simple - holes in the ground surrounded by walls made from tree leaves or plastic sheets - but can help prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases.

The village will celebrate its achievement on Saturday with ceremonies and speeches by the village chief, government officials and UNICEF.

A local comedian will also perform, and village actors will perform a short play about how the village residents will no longer have to defecate outdoors.

"Then there will be a balloon (releasing) ceremony, a village hosted lunch and singing," Winarta said.

I want to know what a local comedian from Phnom Penh sounds like.

"Hello everyone, I hope you're all enjoying the potty."

"Well, we've moved from crapping in a hole in the jungle to crapping in a hole in our huts. Look out first world countries, here we come!"

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