Project Location: Kenya/Tanzania
Project Type: Water/Sanitation
Project Code: RKT0919

Background: This project will benefit 230 sponsored and 3595 non-sponsored individuals who live in Chalice's St. Jude Mikinduri, Kenya and PAN Mbinga, Tanzania sites.

Chalice community project - Water, sanitation, hygiene - Kenya and TanzaniaSt. Jude Mikinduri sponsor site in Kenya opened in 2008. The mission of the site is to better the lives of the poorest families of Mikinduri through education, agricultural advancements, health and nutritional improvements, and economic growth. Many families work in small scale farming, and a prolonged drought in the area has resulted in low or no income from their farms.

Located in Pangawe, Tanzania, PAN is one of eight sub sites under the direction of our Mbinga sponsor site. This site is run by Vincentian Fathers, whose vision and mission is human promotion and evangelization of the poor, following in the footsteps of St. Vincent. They are committed to working in remote parishes and schools.

Contaminated drinking water, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene are urgent health problems in both of these regions. Many primary schools in our Kenya and Tanzania sites have very poor sanitation. Due to inadequate or lack of water supplies, deteriorated or insufficient sanitation facilities, and a lack of knowledge about hygiene, many children are affected by hygiene-related diseases. Girls face special difficulties in hygiene practices during their menstruation. Under these conditions, schools become unsafe places where diseases are easily transmitted, and the health and academic performance of students are affected. Increased absenteeism and school dropout rates lead to a bleak future for young people and their families.

Project Objective: The goal of this pilot program is to improve the overall health and nutrition of the community. This school/community water, sanitation and hygiene (SCWASH) promotion program will have both a school and community component because proper hygiene practices must be carried out at home as well as in school. This will be accomplished by implementing a hygiene promotion in 20 schools using already developed materials for Kenyan schools (materials which haven't previously been available for rural public schools), as well as providing education for families. In addition, the program will work with communities and government to improve access to sanitation services and reduce open defecation. The two participating sponsor sites will be monitored and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the program and the results will be used when the decision is made to roll out the program to other sponsor sites. Total cost of the program including training, materials and evaluation is $26,931.00

Budget in Canadian Funds: $26,931.00

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Please note that any funds that exceed the request will be used to fund other Community Projects/Programs that may arise.
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