Health and sanitation
Beneficiaries trained on maintaining water jerry-cans clean for their good health.
Protected Shallow well providing clean water to beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries trained to wash hands with soap after visiting the toilet.
Most water related diseases are fatal, especially for children under five. Diseases like diarrhoea and amoeba are responsible for many deaths in Sub-saharan Africa. As such, it is important to ensure that the water we consume is not only clean, but also uncontaminated and bacteria-free. As an organization that specializes in the provision of water as a way of empowering the masses, it is only right that we ensure that the solutions we offer are not the very agents of plight and suffering. We have, through our Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) department, tasked ourselves with ensuring that the water we help find is clean and safe for human consumption.
To ensure this, our WASH department carries out water testing in the various water preservation projects that we facilitate. The department carries out both Children Hygiene And Sanitation Training (CHAST) and Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) trainings. This is advised by the kind of bacteria and/or coli form they find in the water samples. The trainings are aimed at enhancing personal and general hygiene in the school, communities, people’s homes and the general public. They make recommendations on the best ways to treat the water; how to maintain personal hygiene, construction of sanitation infrastructure like latrines and tippy taps in order to avoid faecal oral route diseases transmissions.
We offer simple and viable water treatment methods during the trainings, after which we do extensive follow ups to ensure that the recommendations are followed and offer further advice as need arises.
In addition, our WASH department hosts seminars with other stakeholder in the area and tries to look into new ways to enhance water and sanitation hygiene in communities. The impacts of this have been the adaptation of the tippy tap as an essential infrastructure in most homesteads, the construction of latrines even in the project sites where we work. In general, people who have undergone trainings fall ill less often and thus spend less time and money on hospitals and medication as compared to the pre-trainings period.