Strengthening the right to sanitation, health and participation with a focus on gender perspective and environmental sustainability in the San Antonio community, El Paisnal municipality

El Salvador

Background information

This project will address the absence of awareness-raising programs on sanitation and hygiene, low appreciation of the importance of sanitation and hygiene, insufficient investment in sanitation (latrines), little encouragement and promotion of participation, a lack of organization based on sanitation, a low level of prioritization of community needs, the extra time that women invest in caring for sick children, the increased workload for women, greater vulnerability to diseases, underdeveloped skills for recognizing the rights of the population, organizational capabilities and coordination with local authorities.


El Paisnal Municipality

Local partner

CORDES (Founding Association for Cooperation and Community Development of El Salvador)


Overall Goal: Contributing to the full exercise of the right to sanitation, health and participation to achieve a dignified standard of living for the women and men of the El Paisnal municipality.

Specific Goal: Safeguarding the right to sanitation, health and the participation of 420 people (221 women, 199 men), with a focus on gender and environmental sustainability, through the construction of 80 family dry compost latrines (FDCL), in the San Antonio community, El Paisnal municipality.

Target population

(221 women and 199 men).

Project duration



TAU, Government of Cantabria (€115.106)


  • Building and maintaining 80 family dry compost latrines.

  • Setting up a Sanitation Committee with a minimum of 50% female participation in the decision-making bodies.

  • Training women on the Sanitation Committee on Women’s Rights to develop leadership skills, bolster self-esteem and further their empowerment.

  • Drafting a manual for the use and maintenance of family dry compost latrines (FDCL), where the contributions of male and female users are recorded.

  • Training sessions on promoting basic sanitation and hygienic habits, FDCL use and maintenance and environmental conservation, with daycare services to enable women to      participate.

  • Designing a campaign to promote hygienic habits, the rational use of water and environmental management aimed at a minimum of 25 girls and 25 boys in the community.