ASDF staff demonstrating 'proper hand-washing' to Ilumani Primary school pupils during a WASH training session.
ASDF staff carrying out CHAST trainings for Musunguu Primary school pupils.
WASH training at Mwatu wa Kyangwasi self help group.
A pupil at Kanyenyoni Primary School going through hand washing lesson
A CHAST training in Kithyululu Secondary School.
The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Department was introduced in 2013. It is charged with training community groups on proper hygiene and sanitation practices to ensure good health amongst our beneficiaries. Such skills as the construction of tippy taps in strategic positions in homes, water treatment among others are taught regularly to the groups. This is through a programme known as Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training (PHAST).
The groups put in requests to have tanks constructed in the schools where their children go to. The children receive training on proper hygiene and sanitation practices in a programme known as Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training, CHAST. Tippy taps are constructed and placed in strategic places within the school compounds and a Health Clubs formed for each school to oversee the implementation of the CHAST recommendations.
The department also does regular tests of the water contained in the water storage structures facilitated by ASDF. Water from sand dams, rock catchments and school water tanks are tested for e-coli and other disease causing organisms. After thorough analysis, treatment methods are recommended based on specific type of disease causing micro-organisms discovered in every facility.
Constant follow ups are made by the same department to check on the impact of the trainings and recommendations. In addition, the department hosts seminars with other stakeholders in the area and tries to look into new ways to enhance water and sanitation hygiene in communities.