Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?
The direct beneficiaries of the RENEW project are individuals and families in Ward 12. Our primary goal is to reduce the incidence of waterborne illnesses associated with poor hygiene practices and lack of clean water and sanitation, especially in children, who are the most susceptible. Our secondary goals include reducing time spent collecting water, and fostering marketable skill-building in the community health workers, who are selected from among marginalized, unemployed women in the community.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?
Over the past three years, we successfully built 12 wells and 10 latrines in Ward 12, and held hygiene seminars, which received positive community feedback. Since the completion of our previous project, community members have demonstrated appreciation, willingness to use and maintain facilities and expressed need for further wells, latrines and seminars. Testimonials indicate it has reduced women’s daily water collection time, and increased sanitary practices such as handwashing.
Based on an initial survey, we have determined that there are 40 sanitary latrines and 15 deep tube wells in Ward 12 that need repair, which would serve approximately 5,000 people. Once the repairs are complete, we will conduct further assessments and build new facilities to fulfill any remaining need. Seminars on hygienic practices will continue to reduce the gap in hygiene knowledge and behavior.