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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

KWAHO/WaterCan - WatSan in Siaya


Location

Gombe sub location, South Gem Location - Boke & Uthanya Village Wagai Division, Siaya district – Western Kenya

Key Components

Water supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Education & promotion, Capacity Building and Income generating activities

Project Reach

The project reaches out to support community members from Siaya district totalling to over twelve thousand (12, 000) and 3000 teachers and pupils in Uthanya, Onyinyore, Ojwaya, Rachere, Ojolla, Kambare primary schools.

Project Objectives

GOAL

To improve the living standards of Gombe community by providing safe accessible water and appropriate sanitation facilities.

OBJECTIVES

  • To develop safe and sustainable water sources in Gombe sub-Location.
  • To promote proper hygiene practices and sanitation facilities in Gombe sub Location.
  • To build local community capacity to operate and mange their water supply system.
  • Facilitate Initiation of IGA’s to women groups to improve economic status of families.

Expected Results

It’s expected that by the end of the project in 2008, the following will results will be realised

  • A well mobilized and sensitized community that is able to harness local resources for development.
  • Improved hygiene behaviour and the resultant reduction in incidences of water borne diseases
  • Improved access to water and sanitation facilities that are safe for and well managed
  • Trained water and sanitation committees capable of undertaking operation and maintenance of facilities
  • Well trained community groups able to translate the skills gained into action in order to manage initiated project.
  • A community with a stable income generating activities that they can use for development of their households.
  • Ultimately an improved standard of living among community members following achievements of these projects

Project Activities

Hygiene Education and promotion

Well trained hygiene promoters trained disseminate hygiene messages at the village level for behaviour change. School Sanitation and Health Education (SSHE) is promoted in schools through health clubs and water and sanitation committees.

Role of hygiene promoters

This are volunteers who after training by KWAHO take up the role of spreading health and hygiene message

  • To participate in training sessions by KWAHO so as to acquire knowledge and skills to be able to disseminate hygiene messages amongst community members.
  • To demonstrate the skills in constructions of Tippy-Taps to their community members.
  • Acquire skills in operation and maintenance of their installed water point.
  • Initiate viable and feasible income generating activities for socio – economic gains to community and group members.
  • To carry out community based activities with the support of trained hygiene promoters (JOLER) whose roles includes:
    - Develop more I.E.C- on hygiene education and promotion
    - Identity Homesteads with or without hygiene and sanitation facilities
    - Make follow-up of project activities carried out
    - Convene and conduct regular meetings for consultations and review of routine activities, including to monitor and evaluate their planned activities.

Water supply

Development of safe water sources i.e. protection of springs and drilling of boreholes in the community and construction of Ferro cement water tanks in identified/needy schools.

Sanitation

Development and promotion of appropriate sanitation facilities within the community i.e. VIP latrines in schools and latrines slabs provided to identified needy community members and Demonstration of TIPPY - Taps as a means of promoting hand washing habits.


CapacityBuilding

  • Community capacity building on management and development projects
  • Training on operation and maintenance of AFRIDEV pump
  • And continued refresher training during operation

PRA and Baseline survey

Community mobilization

Monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the ongoing activities.

Periodical water sampling and testing

(for micro bacterial examinations to ascertain the quality and safety)

Challenges

Some of the challenges realised have been poverty, HIV/AIDs pandemic and the high demand for water and sanitation services compared to the number of facilities developed.

Future Plans

  • Address emerging trends of HIV/AIDS pandemic and other water related diseases among community members.
  • To expand the project activities to the needy areas within Wagai Division.
  • To document the unique approach of building the capacity of already organized groups / institutions as partners in the project since the programme sees better results in working with such groups.

Links

Read more about this project:

Villagers work together to address water and sanitation problems in Western Kenya, by George Yap, WaterCan
(local copy of this article)

 




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