Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight May 27 2015

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J OKE OF THE WEEK Two employees of a busy portable sanitation company are talking over a quick lunch. The one with m ore seniority says, "I can make the boss give me the rest of the day off." The newer one, eager to learn, replies, "How would you do that, as busy as we are?" The old timer says, "Just wait and see." He then hangs upside down from the ceiling of the shop. The boss comes in and says, "What are you doing?" The old timer replies, "I'm a light bulb." The boss then says, "You've been working so hard that you've gone crazy. You need to take the rest of the day off." The new guy starts to follow him and the boss s ays, "Where are you going?" Not to be outdone, the new fellow says, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark." I f you have a joke to share, please email us at info@psai.org . T hank You To O ur Platinum Members! Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) 2626 E 82 nd Street, Suite 175 Bloomington, MN 55425 www.psai.org 952 - 8 54 - 8300 WEEKLY EDITION MAY 20, 2015 INTERNATIONAL NEWS: SPOTLIGHT ZAMBIA A toilet in every home: Zambians cel ebrate sanitation milestone On a sunny day in the remote Chienge district of Zambia, hundreds gathered for a celebration that was the first of its kind. There was singing, laughing and no shortage of dancing. The village chiefs and government officials ca me dressed in their finest clothes, while volunteers sported bright green T - shirts that read, "We use a toilet ... do you?" The daylong event celebrated a milestone in Zambia, where the practice of defecating in the open is all too common. In April, Chien ge, in the northernmost province of Luapula, became the first district in Zambia to be declared free of open defecation by the government. According to UNICEF, it's also the first district in southern Africa to fully abandon the practice. That means every household has at least one private latrine and a place to wash your hands. Zambia wants to make the entire country "open - defecation - fre e" within the next five years a nd Chienge is a role model. Since the initiat ive began more than a year ago the district h as not recorded a single case of cholera. READ THE STORY P AGE 4

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