Towards Better Sanitation and Hygiene Practice – An Initiative by Amref Health Africa’s RAIN project
Ali Ahmed, 36, is a father of eight children (4 males and
2017 – 2019
Implemented in Menge and Bambasi districts of Benishangul Gumuz Regional Sate, RAIN project integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) into livelihood, nutrition and food security activities. By strengthening community WASH management and governance systems, it worked towards sustainability of WASH services for communities.
With financial support from The Coca-Cola Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative, the project used existing community structures that implemented: proven capacity building schemes, strengthened water governance and mainstreaming gender into WASH. It institutionalized youth friendly activities and implemented selected hardware activities such as development or rehabilitation of water facilities. It employed a cocktail of models including: Community Led Total Sanitation Hygiene (CLTSH), and sanitation Marketing, Multiple Use Services, 3R (re-charge, re-tension, re-use), integrated water resource management (IWRM) for improved environmental stewardship, water use efficiency and lever for economic growth.
RAIN implemented sets of high impact activities related to three key themes namely: increasing access to water; increasing access to safer sanitation and increasing livelihood opportunities for women and youths. The intervention packages ensured equity and inclusion as they provided particular attention to the chronically poor, and designed systems which are usable by all social groups, and directly benefited 21,540 people.