Project Background and Description
Goal: To improve the health and well-being of poor people in village schools in Muyuka and Buea Sub division South West region through an integrated approach that improves access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in a sustainable manner
The project operates in the Region where socio-economic development lags far behind. In 2011, there was an extensive cholera epidemic in the Muyuka and Buea sub division which claimed the lives of more than 300 people including children and youths and drew attention to the urgent need for improvements of WASH conditions.
Despite the fact that young children are more susceptible to diarrheal disease caused by unclean water as well as poor sanitation and hygiene practices, school sanitation continues to be an underfunded sector in Cameroon.
The project will supports school- and community-led total sanitation efforts for Open Defecation Free campaigns. By December 2017, an estimated 5,000 community residents, including students and teachers, will benefit from this project. Schools will receive improved, child-friendly (with appropriate heights of wash hand basins, water taps and urinals) and gender friendly (separate toilets) water and sanitation improvements to promote hygienic behavior.
At least 10 communities will be able to declare themselves as healthy communities—meaning all schools not only have permanent toilets but also use household water treatment systems and practice good personal and food hygiene behavior. The project demonstrates ecological sanitation, through which sanitized urine and feces are used as agriculture fertilizers at demonstration kitchen garden plots.
This project operates in five village development communities in Muyuka and, in close coordination with the ministry of water and Energy, Ministry of Basic education and Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (Cameroon Government)
This project will align with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and Sustainable development goals 6 for Hygiene and Sanitation.
Project Aims and Objectives
1. Improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation through a school-led total sanitation strategy, and construction, renovation and protection of water supply systems for schools.
2. Improve hygiene behavior through the capacity building of local partners and community groups to deliver messages and improve knowledge and hygiene behaviors in the working communities.
3. Enhance local governance of the WASH sector by strengthening the capacity of local partners and fostering effective coordination among the concerned stakeholders.
4. To contribute to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and Sustainable development goals 6 in Cameroon
The project will share its learning with other WASH stakeholders to foster the expansion of the national sanitation movement and to achieve the national goal of total sanitation in Cameroon by 2025. The achievement of this goal will improve public health and contribute to a heightened sense of dignity and cohesion in communities across Cameroon
Job Email id: icenecdev(at)gmail.com