Posted on August 5, 2011 by dijoh2o
The Kamalamai Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) improvement project in Kamalamain Municipality in Sindhuli District, in the Janakpur zone of central south Nepal has envisaged adhering equity and inclusion prospective in project activities. The Centre for Integrated Urban Development (CIUD) has been working there in partnership with WaterAid in Nepal (WAN) since 2005 to provide safe and adequate water and sanitation including improvement in hygiene. One of the components is to facilitate and support in household sanitation improvement primarily focusing poor and marginalized communities in peri urban areas.
Bathanchoudi is one of the communities where toiletfacilities are being constructed. A local user committee “Bathanchoudi Batawara Tatha Tole Sudhar Samiti” has been formed to run the construction works smoothly and to make the community people accountable towards the development works and maintain the transparency. The majority of the committee members are women and from marginalized group i.e. Danuwar community. The leadership of the committee is run by Sarita Danuwar as a president of the committee. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, Story contest | Tagged: benefits, community invovement, Gender, Nepal, sanitation, Toilet | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 2, 2011 by caridad
We have just celebrated four years of community management of our water supply in this part of Cochabamba. It is a celebration not of perfection but of hard work; not a story with a happy ending, but a story where we meet the continual challenges.
Lack of water is a constant problem in the Southern zone of Cochabamba since the water network from the public company Semapa does not reach us. We could perhaps have managed to attract a project to bring us water supply, but it would take a long time and we feared that we would be disregarded by the authorities. So we followed the path that some neighbours have taken to organise themselves and form a water committee to tackle the lack of drinking water.
Our Community Association for Drinking Water and Sanitation was formed on April 22 2007, as a public service community association with charitable status. Its primary purpose is to administrate, operate and maintain the drinking water system and keep it clean. This association has managed to supply water to the districts between the rivers, Trafalgar, Santa Fe and part of Bello Horizonte (Villa Payer-District 14), about 45 minutes bus ride from the city centre.
To solve the problems in my community we needed to clear the route dig, clean and put the whole thing together. This community effort was the only way to obtain good results.
Filed under: Capacity building, santation, Story contest | Tagged: Cochabamba, Drinking water, source_publish, Water supply | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 29, 2011 by dijoh2o
I am Amai (Mother) Toriro. This is the story of how my life changed when I became a health club member. In 1995, I was dumped by my husband. He left me with 7 children and went to the city. He had another wife but after six years she died of AIDS and he came back to his rural home for me to look after him. When he came back six years later our home had changed. He told me to take down the rooms I had built as he did not approve of my design. But the members from the health club came and helped to defend me and in the end he agreed to keeping my house the way I had made it. Two years later he died and I kept on by myself supporting my family. My husband left me with nothing;
At first I was in difficult times as we had no money, until I joined the Community Health Club started by Zimbabwe AHEAD Organisation and we were taught how to self realise. We called our club ‘Rujeko’ meaning Light! I attended the health sessions every week for six months and learnt about so many things. It gave me light to understand how to prevent diarrhoea, bilharzia, malaria, skin diseases, worms, even HIV/AIDS but most of all how to care for our family with good hygiene. I completed all 20 health lessons and graduated with my certificate in 1996. The next year my children and I dug a pit latrine and our own deep well. Later I put in a handpump on the well from the money I earned. I became the Chairperson for our club in 1998. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, Gender, hygiene, latrine, rural sanitation, Story contest | Tagged: community health clubs, Zimbabwe | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 13, 2010 by caridad
I was preparing for a regular inspection visit to the community of Las Flores, municipality of Chinacla in the department of La Paz, Honduras.
The inspection took place in mid-May 2010 with Mr. Ely Nicholas from Marcala, La Paz, who since April 2010 is supervising construction of a new water system in this small village, 80 kilometres north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
Picture by Carlos Mejía
There were two main points of discussion: the location of the storage tank, and the possible construction of a new small dam in addition to the one which was budgeted for, so that it could provide the desired amount of water.
After several hours of travel we arrived at the community and contacted the president of the water board, Mr Jose Lopez, who guided us through the community to the prospective location for the storage tank. This is where we encountered our first problem.
We looked at the design and found that the outside designer had situated the tank in the middle of the street, where it would block traffic. Big mistake! We analysed a new location and marked it. Although the first problem was solved, we did not know what was still waiting us.
Filed under: Capacity building, Honduras, Story contest, Water supply | Tagged: Capacity building, comunity, raainwatyer harvesting, Water supply | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 5, 2010 by dijoh2o
Image via Wikipedia
I am Bilabi Moses a second year student of the Uganda Christian University. I come from Buboolo parish, Bukissa Village, Masaba sub-county in Sironko district of Eastern Uganda. Masaba sub-county is characterised as being hilly since it is in the Mt Elgon region and blessed with many rivers.
The sanitation and safety of the water here is still poor because of constant heavy rains that flood and contaminate the waters making it un safe for drinking. The poor sanitation in Masaba communities is mainly due to ignorance and conservativeness since almost 60% of the population is illiterate. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, hygiene, rural sanitation, Story contest, Water supply | Tagged: data bank, learning forum, pictorial, Uganda | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 17, 2010 by dijoh2o
Field story for the Source Story Competion 2010, by Leslie Hawthorne Klingler, Communications Manager, Lifewater International.
For years, I have talked about sanitation and hygiene as crucial components of sustainable water development. The acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) rolls off my tongue, and I cheer when I hear our supporters using it themselves. But do I really believe that WASH can change lives? After a “conversion” experience in Ethiopia, I can confidently vouch for WASH—or even just the SH part of it—as an effective means of community transformation.
In April 2010, I traveled to Ethiopia to document a 22-month project carried out by my organization, Lifewater International, in ten rural communities (kebeles) near the town of Hosanna. With a total population of 56,000, the communities had often requested help in obtaining safe water. As usual, requests for sanitation and hygiene education were far less common. In fact, many people were fearful of latrines; the crumbly soil had caused a number of latrine collapses, making sanitation efforts unpopular. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, hygiene, rural sanitation, Story contest | Tagged: Ethiopia | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2009 by caridad
During ICT4D 1.0, it seems that project designers often focused ICT application on a top-down determination of needs, rather than a bottom-up statement of wants. Projects were designed around a standard information needs template that said communities needed better access to information on health, education, governance, etc. However, when community members can freely discuss what they want from ICT, priority items are often a mix of help with new income and employment, and entertainment. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building | Tagged: campaign, Capacity building, comunity | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 11, 2009 by caridad
Three years ago, Life and Water Development Group Cameroon and its US partners, Hope College chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA started a water project in the community of Nkuv, Cameroon. A locality out of Kumbo in the North West Region of Cameroon.
Laying the pipe into the pipeline
The project history started as follows: Mr. Peter Njodzeka, the founder of LWDG-Cameroon submitted a project application to the EWB USA and Hope College Chapter was awarded the project, and from that moment the EWB USA linked their chapter Hope College with Peter Njodzeka to discuss the possibilities and understanding the project. Hope College traveled to Nkuv, Cameroon for their first time in March 2006 for an assessment trip, and returned in May 2006 for a tentative implementation. We tried drilling wells using hand drilling equipment, which was a fiasco, we could not find water and could only find rocks and dry sand. This first trial, which was a failure, Hope College did not surrender, they returned in December the same year and constructed three biosand filters trial, which some people in the community were using to filter their water directly carried from streams, and after six months, the health survey team from Hope College had a good results from the families using filtered water, and we increased the number to 15 filters, during this time, we were trying other ways out searching for water sources in the mountains, we finally found a spring, but after testing, the results were not good for consumption because of cows that are all year round in these hills. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, sanitation | Tagged: Capacity building, hosehold water treatment, hygiene, sanitation, School sanitation | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 2, 2009 by caridad
Solar powered computers, digital cameras and projectors are being used in 20 remote villages in Burkina Faso to raise awareness over hygiene and help people adopt good practices. The NGO which has introduced the multi-media hygiene programmes believes that their high tech approach is having a higher impact on hygiene awareness, compared to using of pictures on cards. “We noted that people are more willing to stop their bad practices”, says Paulin Ouédraogo, coordinator of the Burkinabese NGO Sahel Solidarité. And one of the facilitators noted: “With the old method, 15 people were educated, but with the multimedia tools, we reach the whole village.” Reed more at: http://www.irc.nl/page/49635
Filed under: Capacity building, hygiene | Tagged: Capacity building, hygiene, sanitation | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 30, 2009 by caridad
The Indigenous Paéz Community Munchique – Los Tigres, Municipality of Santander Quilichao, Cauca Department, Colombia, South America Project title .
The Indigenous Government of Munchique-Los Tigres and the Municipal Government of Santander Quilichao, CONSAM, Alter-Eco Description of project Los Tigres – Munchique is an indigenous community with 4.000 inhabitants distributed in 17 villages in a mountainous rural area, two hours from the town of Santander. (more…)
Filed under: Capacity building, sanitation, waste water, Water supply | Tagged: Capacity building, comunity, sanitation, Water supply | 2 Comments »