ACDIPE implemented the Integrated Community Managed water, hygiene and Sanitation pilot projects. The project are aimed at improving the general health conditions of the communities through increased access to safe and clean water, effective hygienic and sanitary facilities, and community capacity building to maintain the facilities.
In order to improve access to safe water in the communities, ACDIPE has constructed and protected water sources, promoted rain water harvesting at household and school levels as well as constructed water harvesting jars for the elderly, disabled and HIV/AIDS infected persons in communities and constructed Kiosks. ACDIPE has also promoted good hygiene and sanitation practices among the targeted households and schools.
The above activities have been done in collaboration with the Local Authorities, community beneficiaries, and other partner NGOs. Consultative meetings were held with community members, their leaders and the local Authority. Local contributions from the community members both in cash or kind were important in implementing the projects.
The communities have improved access to clean and safe water as a result of the ACDIPE intervention. This has resulted in reduced incidences of water related diseases like diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery, stomach, among others. More importantly, less time is spent collecting water which is thus used for other productive work and has been observable increased pupils attendance in schools due to availability of water at their schools and reduced diseases that used to affect them in their homes.
ACDIPE has also promoted good sanitation and hygiene practices among the targeted communities and schools. Good practices like hand washing have been promoted among the pupils hence a reduction in incidences of diseases associated with Hygiene / Sanitation bad practices.
Extensive sensitization seminars, trainings, and workshops were also conducted by ACDIPE field staff throughout the year for the targeted communities. Community members were mobilized to provide local materials for the development of water sources, construction of Household water jars, and the establishment of household sanitary facilities.