WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE PROGRAMME (WASH)
Refugee Assistance Program
Based in Dadaab Refugee Camp
CARE Kenya’s Daadab WASH Program aims at improving the health status and livelihoods of vulnerable populations , specifically, women, children and those with limited access to clean water through innovative and sustainable approaches.
The program focuses on strengthening capacity of stakeholders, integration with key sectors, gender inclusion to enhance increased demand and supply of affordable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and facilities.
CARE works closely with the Communities to prioritize WASH needs and enhance efficiency in WASH service provision by providing an enabling environment for all actors. In households, schools, and health facilities, CARE aims to promote sustainable behavior change and financial empowerment to access improved WASH services.
This is done through sustainable demand creation approaches , strengthening sanitation markets, institutionalizing hygiene behavior change and improving targeting, planning, monitoring and regulation of WASH services.
Types of Services
Through the use of Community Score Card and Social Analysis and Action approaches which support transparency, monitoring and people’s participation thereby promoting good governance.
Through public and private financing for scaled-up, sustainable programmes.
and Social Marketing
To increase demand and sustain the supply of WASH products.
Of project participants and other stakeholders on the implementation of WASH interventions to promote ownership and sustainability
With other WASH actors which contributes to education, health, nutrition among other outcomes.
Approaches in WASH programming that promote sustainability of projects through participation of all key stakeholders.
To provide evidence based solutions to WASH challenges in rural communities. These include designing of technologies that are responsive to the needs of the communities.
Mohammed Ibrahim Abdi, 45, is one of more than 1,600 refugees working for CARE in Dadaab, one of the world’s largest refugees camps. As member of CARE’s water and sanitation repair team he reconstructs pipelines, water tap stands and latrines.
“I am happy that I have something to do. It is great to be able to support my community. My wife and I have ten children and with the incentive money I get from CARE, I am able to buy some sugar, rice and fruits in addition to monthly food rations we receive from aid agencies.”
Water Treatment at Source Point:
Using simple and inexpensive methods that are in the context appropriate where each household boasts of getting about 25lpcd in each camp among 22 boreholes spread out in the camps
The Community Score Card approach:
A two-way participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services - that increases accountability between users and service providers/duty bearors, and positively influences the government and duty bearers to invest in Water, sanitation and hygiene, thus increasing supply of water to rural communities.
Gender and Social Inclusion:
Promotion and involvement of all people in the community so as to empower them to have a voice in decision making – starting from the program design phase and continuing throughout the program. Vulnerable sections of the community - children, women, older members of society and persons with disability are given priority attention in our WASH programming.
The school WASH approach focuses on ensuring schools meet the essential criteria for a healthy and protective learning environment for children. The interventions implemented ensure that healthy habits such as handwashing are taught, practiced and integrated into daily school routines while developing innovative approaches to school and community-based water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions that promote sustainability.
Equipping communities with skills to offer WASH services to community members. This inculdes training WASH commitees and community health volunteers on accountabilty to their community members and on WASH best practices.