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A WASH program works on long-term prevention and control measures for improving health, reducing poverty, and improving socio-economic development as well as responding to global emergencies and outbreaks of life-threatening illnesses.
In the implementation of the 2014 – 2019 strategic period, ADSE had two strategic outcomes: Increase access to clean and potable water, and reduce cases of water-borne diseases in our areas of work, which managed to benefit 214, 276 community members (children, youth, men and women). To be able to achieve these outcomes, the organization implemented activities around, construction of water structures, construction of sanitary facilities and capacity development activities around WASH.
Under the construction of Water Structures and sanitary facilities: the organization was able to construct, sand dams (50), earth dams (10), masonry tanks (15), earth lined ponds (23), VIP latrines in school (9) and VIP latrines in the community (15). The organization also successful installed plastic water tanks (41), rehabilitating the already available water structures (76); installation of handwashing kits (108) and improved the water distribution system in the targeted communities through rock water catchment in Kithungo, Masue and Migwani.
Further, ADSE also implemented activities around capacity development on; community hygiene and sanitation. The organization conducted community hygiene and sensitization forums (3,144), Hygiene and sanitation sensitization in schools (7,911), Training community health workers on Hygiene (PHAST & CLTS) (86); Training artisans on construction of water structures (46); Trainings on efficient water use and management (50); and, Training water committees on operation and maintenance of water structures (450). Through the WASH programme ADSE equipped 24 community health workers with hygienic kits.
a) On crop production, different value chains including drought-tolerant crops (cowpeas, sorghum, green grams, and finger millet), local vegetables (kales, tomatoes etc.) were promoted and 115,538 smallholder farmers trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), business development, soil fertility management and Agro-nutrition. The project linked 8, 200 smallholder farmers to financial institutions for agricultural financing and farmer accessed a total value of Kshs 14 M agricultural loan. Because of increased agricultural productivity, 34,600 (Thirty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred) farmers were linked to profitable output markets and 23 aggregation centres established for collective marketing.
Additionally, the organization also constructed a Sump-well in Kiangini Makueni and a canal in Garissa County reaching 244 households, which were not in the initial activities in the strategic plan.
The activities helped the organization to increase access to portable water and area under irrigation and a reduction in water-borne diseases among 214,276 vulnerable community members targeted by ADSE programmes in Kitui, Machakos, Garissa, Makueni, Wajir and Mandera Counties.