Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
In the field of WASH, Caritas Switzerland’s work in Kenya aims at equitable and sustainable access to water and sanitation, improved hygiene practices and water for food for marginalised groups. Working in very distinct settings, we choose locally appropriate solutions for each setting, taking into account a set of social, geographical, geophysical and climatic conditions, and develop the intervention in consultation with the target groups. For instance, rock catchment schemes have proved to be an economical and reliable water source in the ASAL, whereas in areas with regular rainfalls, rainwater harvesting through roof catchment systems is a potential source of water. In any case, strong focus is placed on ensuring sustainable management, operation and maintenance of the hardware solution provided.
We apply integrated approaches whenever possible, combining hardware and software components and linking WASH interventions in communities to those in schools. Moreover, hygiene and sanitation components are given due attention to achieve durable behaviour change among the target population. With a strong commitment to continuous learning and improvement, we have recently integrated Menstrual Hygiene Management and environmental conservation into our WASH in school interventions. To reach children with hygiene and sanitation messages, we use the Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
We further pursue our engagement in the development and piloting of promising, innovative approaches such as the Integrity Management toolbox for small water supply systems that Caritas Switzerland developed in partnership with the Water Integrity Network. Moreover, we continue our efforts to play a key role in advocacy and coordination platforms in Kenya, working with a wide range of partners such as local implementing partners, civil society organisations and national and county governments.