Community Led-Total Sanitation is a process that helps communities end open defecation in their village. The first step to doing this is making sure the whole community agrees there is a problem that needs to be fixed. It is not uncommon for people to ignore problems. This is not unique to Uganda, people in every culture all over the world do this, even in the United States. Here is a recent report from CLTS that gives one example of a community acknowledging a problem and committing to fix it.
After the chairman welcomed Kibo Group he said Bukoma Village is very clean and that there is no open defecation in the village. The facilitator of the day, Julius, suggested that everybody take a tour and look for open defecation in the homes close to the meeting. The first home was clean and had a latrine, but it was not well maintained. At the second home the group found lots of open defecation. It had the structure for a latrine, but there was no pit inside. The structure was just for show to give the appearance of a latrine. The tour continued to three more homes which all had open defecation.
The Chairman apologized to the residents and admitted that his village is very dirty and needs to change. They all agreed that the problem is bigger than they imagined. After the residents had realized the need to change they took responsibility for the problem. They decided that it was their job to make sure the entire village becomes open defecation free.
This community still has a lot of work in front of them, but getting the problem out in the open is the first step to change.