In Mozambique climate change is increasing the severity of natural disasters, weakening already vulnerable infrastructure and threatening to leave millions of low-income residents of cities without access to water and sanitation.
This was the case in 2019 when Cyclone Idai hit the city of Beira, destroying much of the city’s water network and over 11,000 homes. This left many poor residents displaced, without clean water and safe sanitation.
WSUP has worked with utilities, community groups and local government in Beira to help residents recover from the cyclone and to improve the long-term climate resilience of the city.
By reducing water losses, promoting safe waste disposal and encouraging good hygiene practices we can limit the impact of future natural disasters and ensure all low-income residents in the city have sustainable water and sanitation services.
Watch our video to find out more:
WSUP’s work in Beira is supported by Borealis, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous.
Pourquoi avons-nous besoin de renforcer les systèmes WASH ?
L'accès à l'eau, à l'assainissement et à l'hygiène constitue le fondement même d'une vie saine et digne. Il est essentiel pour améliorer la santé, l'éducation et les moyens de subsistance. Pourtant, dans le monde, 2,1 milliards de personnes n'ont pas accès à l'eau potable et 4,5 milliards de personnes n'ont pas accès à l'assainissement.
Pour garantir la pérennité des services WASH, il faut une réflexion globale et la mise en place de systèmes solides. Désormais, grâce aux cours en ligne gratuits de la WASH Systems Academy, chacun peut apprendre les bases de la fourniture de services d'eau et d'assainissement résilients et prendre part au changement nécessaire pour ne laisser personne de côté. Construisons ensemble des systèmes WASH solides.
Renforcement des systèmes WASH : les bases
Vous voulez tout savoir sur le renforcement des systèmes WASH ? Rejoignez le cours gratuit "Renforcement des systèmes WASH : les bases".
La WASH Systems Academy est une plateforme interactive développée pour aider les professionnels du secteur WASH à appliquer une approche de renforcement des systèmes WASH. Si vous êtes en début de carrière ou si vous êtes un expert senior du secteur WASH qui souhaite comprendre ce qu'est une approche de renforcement des systèmes et comment vous pouvez l'intégrer dans votre travail, ce cours en ligne gratuit est fait pour vous. Les systèmes WASH forts ne peuvent être construits qu'ensemble.
Ce cours couvre les concepts de base du renforcement des systèmes WASH. Il s'agit de comprendre comment parvenir à une prestation de services WASH durable pour tous et comment fonctionner efficacement dans ce processus. Il vous aidera à comprendre l'approche du renforcement des systèmes WASH :
ce qu'il est
comment et pourquoi il a été développé
comment commencer à l'appliquer.
Chaque session a des objectifs d'apprentissage spécifiques qui sont décrits au début. A la fin du cours, vous aurez une bonne compréhension de l'approche de renforcement des systèmes WASH.
Aperçu des sessions
Le contenu de cette formation couvre les concepts de base du renforcement des systèmes WASH et est divisé en neuf sessions. La formation dure au minimum 16 heures et vous avez trois mois pour la terminer.
Après un an, l'accès au cours ne sera plus disponible.
Il est recommandé de suivre le cours en suivant toutes les sessions, dans l'ordre (par exemple, de la session 1 à la session 9). En cours de route, vous pourrez tester votre compréhension dans les trois tests à choix multiples et les deux quiz.
Le contenu du cours est le suivant :
Session 1 : Présentation de la WASH Systems Academy.
Session 2 : Des pompes cassées aux systèmes durables
Session 3 : Qu'est-ce que le renforcement des systèmes WASH ?
Session 4 : WASH est un service
Session 5 : Renforcement des systèmes d'assainissement
Session 6 : Promotion de l'hygiène pour le renforcement des systèmes WASH
Session 7 : Renforcement des systèmes WASH à l'extérieur de la maison
Session 8 : Ne laisser personne de côté
Session 9 : La feuille de route pour des services WASH durables
Travailler hors ligne
Vous pouvez télécharger les textes complets des sessions, y compris tous les exercices, via l'onglet ressources du cours. Cela vous permet de suivre une partie du cours hors ligne.
Cependant, vous devrez vous connecter à la plate-forme en ligne pour participer aux discussions du forum, télécharger les documents que vous créez et répondre aux tests à choix multiples et aux quiz.
Si vous réalisez toutes les activités de toutes les sessions et obtenez une note de 80 % ou plus aux trois tests à choix multiples et aux deux quiz, vous pouvez télécharger un certificat numérique de réussite à ajouter à votre profil LinkedIn ou Facebook.
Votre certificat indiquera votre note de cours ainsi que le nom figurant dans votre profil, la date d'achèvement et un code de vérification.
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The recently published book “Self-Supply” indicates that over 1 billion people world-wide have Self-supply so water supply for which they paid themselves. Some 80% of all self-supply systems are wells. It is clear that scaling self-supply has a huge potential to help in reaching Sustainable Development Goals for water, poverty and food.
Course 1 will take place from Monday 6 – 17 September 2021 and will focus on Hands on training in self-supply technologies targetting Well drillers, welders, masons, technicians, entrepreneurs, others interested in practical technologies.
Course 2 will take place from Tuesday 21 – 24 September 2021 and will focus on Demonstration of self-supply technologies and ideas to scale up targetting WASH program officers of NGOs and governments and those with general interest in approaches that can help to reach SDG6 and water related goals like poverty, food security and employment.
When someone says they work at a non-profit that focuses on WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), menstrual health may not be the first thing that comes to mind for most people. As an organization that takes the WASH+ approach, Splash considers our menstrual health (MH) program to be an integral part of our work in schools to improve children’s health and well-being, which is why it has been a component of our model for over eight years.
In recognition of Menstrual Hygiene Day, hear directly from our team as they share the genesis of Splash’s MH approach, the lessons we’ve learned, and our exciting plans for the future.
Where It Started
In the beginning, our MH program was a branch of our hygiene curriculum. Our primary goals were seemingly simple: to refute the common myths and misconceptions surrounding menstruation.
Initially, Splash solely focused on delivering age-appropriate education to children in primary and secondary schools to normalize periods, reduce stigma, and address common misconceptions. Our first iteration of the menstrual health program involved trainings on the practicalities of managing menstruation and maintaining personal hygiene. While we still have this girl-facing program at the core of our MH approach, we have expanded our horizons.
When we integrated sanitation into our overall programming in 2015, we specifically ensured sanitation facilities for girls would enable safe, hygienic, and discreet menstrual hygiene management.
What we have learned over the years of implementing and refining our program is that menstrual health is more than simply having access to information or receiving guidance around menstrual hygiene management; it requires involvement from everyone across the entire social ecosystem. Splash has recently spent more than two years taking a deep dive into an adolescent girl’s experience — unpacking the social norms, perceptions, and emotions that can accompany menstruation and puberty.
The Learning Process
As an organization that values people first, people second, and people third, the first thing we did to begin building this program was to sit down with those whose voice matters the most in this experience: girls.
We conducted focus groups, direct observations, in-depth interviews, human-centered design sessions, and demographic surveys — facilitating more than one hundred data collection events. In Ethiopia and India, we talked with girls (menstruating and pre-menstruating), boys, mothers, fathers, teachers, janitors, and school administrators to gain a comprehensive understanding of the MH landscape and map how each stakeholder contributes to the experience of young girls during puberty.
For menstruating girls, much of the experience they were willing to share focused around the challenges of managing personal hygiene during their period, often without safe, clean, and private bathroom facilities. They shared insight into just how challenging it has been to adjust to this huge life change, and even a sense of nostalgia for the carefree childhood they feel as though has been left behind.
“I used to play with my friend at any time like jumping a rope before I start to see my menses. But now, I’m not that much comfortable to involve in such playing if I’m on menstruation.” —A young girl in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Girls who had yet to start menstruating shared feelings of fear and apprehension, and they were often unaware of the changes that their body will undergo and how their role in family and social surroundings may change, too. These shared insights made one thing clear: girls feel as though they will face one of life’s biggest developments without the support they desire or need.
“Before I had my first period, I had no idea what happens when period comes. Even when I had pain, people always told me that it is for a while or that it might just be some bacterial infection or food poisoning.” — A female student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Splash Approach
Teenagers and adolescents are at a critical point in their lives where confidence, self-efficacy, and sense of self can either be shaken or strengthened. By asking girls to share their lived experiences with us, we noticed that one of the primary gaps they were identifying was a lack of emotional support from the adults and peers in their life.
In response, Splash designed a program to equip parents with accurate information about menstruation, tips on how to discuss puberty with their children, and a community where parents can seek support from others who are going through similar experiences. We have continuously seen how traditional norms and beliefs have shaped the misperception of menstruation among older generations. Splash aims to redirect some of these beliefs by providing accurate information in a format and setting where culture and tradition are respected and there is no shame in showing up to learn.
It is no surprise that girls turn to friends for strength and support. We tapped into that sense of belonging and community by designing a peer mentoring program. In this program, younger girls are paired with older girls at their own school, go through guided discussions, and have the opportunity build relationships that provide the emotional support they need. These sessions help girls take this learned knowledge and actualize it in their own experience. At the end of the school year, mentees attend a final session where they are trained to become mentors themselves, creating a self-fulfilling cycle of mentorship.
Male peers also provide an opportunity for Splash to inspire a shift in the narrative around menstruation. With a global movement towards gender equity becoming part of the conversation, we have seen this begin to take root in the interactions between male and female peers. To support this, we have designed a puberty workshops where boys learn about their puberty experience as well as valuable information about the female puberty experience to reduce misinformation and teasing while building compassion and knowledge.
“Last year, when I was in grade 7, I saw some male students teasing a female student by brandishing sanitary pads found from her purse to other class students.” —Male focus group participant.
By building knowledge and creating gender equity champions, Splash hopes to foster more empathy toward girls and their puberty experiences among all students and adults.
Hindsight and Horizons
When Splash set out to optimize our MH program, we did not initially realize the full range of stakeholders we would need to engage with to shift the narrative, address misinformation, and help build the social support girls need to thrive during puberty. This is not a stagnant process, and there is more road to travel as we continue to listen to girls and refine our programs.
We couldn’t do this work without the support we have received from an engaged community of people like you, and we are excited for what’s to come.
Where We’re Going
Our next challenge lies in digitizing all these program components without sacrificing the sense of intimacy of in-person delivery channels. We hope to program for tomorrow by building digital delivery channels and leveraging social media, online gaming, and influencer culture — interests of adolescents across the globe.
We have also learned a valuable lesson throughout COVID-19: when schools shut down, we can’t. Splash needs to keep reaching students to ensure they are supported during this critical development period. Remote education and digital engagement are the next frontiers for Splash, and we are excited to share more of that journey with you in the future.
This Earth Month, Splash is reflecting on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 and how critical clean water and sanitation are to all people on Earth. As governments and civil society work to harness political will and global support to combat climate change, Splash is focused on building resilient communities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Kolkata, India, by making sure kids in urban poverty have clean water to drink and soap to wash their hands while at school, reducing death and disease in underserved communities. In these two cities, tourists can typically access safe water, clean toilets, and soap, while children studying at the local school around the corner cannot.
Every week, three million people migrate to cities in search of better economic opportunities and new beginnings (IOM). In many parts of the world, people are migrating away from rural landscapes stricken with drought induced by climate change and other natural disasters.
As we look to make cities more livable, Splash focuses on children because they are the most vulnerable to waterborne illness (UNICEF). We work in government schools as they typically serve the urban poor and are the nexus of every community. By improving sanitation, expanding access to clean water, promoting handwashing with soap, and strengthening menstrual health services in schools, we help to transform behaviors, reduce absenteeism, decrease the spread of disease, and increase the overall health of the children we serve.
WHO and UNICEF have recommended an increased focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in schools because large numbers of people frequent these institutions. The risks associated with inadequate WASH in these settings are high — diseases may be transmitted more easily and have more serious impacts on vulnerable groups. And yet, “the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program reveal that 43% of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019 — a key condition for schools to be able to operate safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic” (UNICEF).
Through Project WISE — WASH in Schools for Everyone — Splash aims to reach 100% of government schools in Kolkata and Addis Ababa, serving one million kids by 2023. In Kolkata, there is plenty of water, but the water is often contaminated. In Addis Ababa, the primary issue is water scarcity — in this rapidly growing capitol city, water supply is not keeping pace with demand.
Project WISE is designed to address three basic issues around water:
Water needs to be clean —We install commercial-grade water filtration systems that remove 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses, including those that cause diarrhea and other illnesses. We also work on sanitation infrastructure to remedy sources of contamination.
Water needs to be present — We ensure schools have sufficient water storage so they can capture water when it is available. This can include big storage tanks, elevated towers to allow for pressurized water flow, and associated plumbing.
Water needs to be accessible — The reality at a lot of schools is that they may only have one tap for drinking water or dilapidated handwashing stations with broken taps. Kids aren’t able to access water for drinking and handwashing when they need it. We provide child-friendly drinking and handwashing stations to ensure kids have access whenever they are thirsty or need to wash their hands.
Splash recognizes that our water solutions depend on water availability, which is increasingly a challenge in South Asia and Africa, where we are focused. We applaud and cheer on all of the efforts of governments, NGOs, and individuals to ensure that cities have sufficient freshwater resources.
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Water, sanitation and hygiene improvements need to be integrated into wider urban development initiatives to have maximum reach and impact, according to a new report published by WSUP and Arquitectura sin Fronteras.
Drawing on evidence from cities such as Maputo, Accra, Nairobi and Antananarivo, the report, entitled Integrated Slum Upgrading: how can we link water and sanitation improvements with wider urban development? finds that a more coordinated approach to delivery of services can make a big difference to the overall impact for residents.
At the centre of the report is analysis of work conducted by Arquitectura sin Fronteras and WSUP to develop an integrated land rights and sanitation programme in Maputo, Mozambique. The ongoing project, taking place in the Chamanculo C community, has combined a process of improving land rights, street widening and plot boundary clarifications, with a programme of introducing high-quality shared sanitation facilities.
The integration of the two activities resulted in a more considered approach to improvements to communities, for example, making it easier to find suitable locations for sanitation facilities, and ensuring that facilities are constructed in locations which allow vehicle access for septic tank emptying. The process of offering sanitation facilities in turn helped to ease the complex community negotiations needed to agree, and sometimes change, plot boundaries.
Integrated slum upgrading is the future, and organisations involved in water and sanitation need to partner with civil society organisations to ensure that WASH developments happen in tandem with progress in other areas.
The process of improving land tenure, plot boundaries and road access makes it much easier to improve water and sanitation services in informal urban settlements.
Water and sanitation organisations need to get out of the WASH silo, and make more efforts to engage with organisations working across urban development.
Funding streams which enable water and sanitation organisations to partner with organisations operating in other areas of urban development are needed, to help drive a more integrated approach to improving some of the world’s poorest urban communities.
The report also features work taking place in Nairobi, Kenya and how WASH services are being integrated into the country’s largest slum upgrading project, the Mukuru Special Planning Area; and work taking place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, to link water supply and improvements to drainage and solid waste management.
Integrating water, sanitation and hygiene services within wider urban development is a key priority in WSUP’s new Business Plan, and represents an important step-change in increasing the impact of our work and bringing greater benefits to under-served urban residents.
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